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kewpie drawing tutorial, kewpie doll

Kewpie Drawing Tutorial, Kewpie Doll

Step 1.

Let us start with two guide shapes; one for the head and another for the body. Sketch in the facial guidelines and then draw the arm and legs guides.

Step 2.

Using the head guide begin drawing the actual shape and structure of the Kewpie's face shape. There should be fluffy tufts of hair on the sides of the head and the thick hair chunk on the top of the head. This is the curl.

Step 3.

Kewpie dolls have big eyes with long lashes that bat in an odd manner. Draw in the big round eyes and then add the long lashes on both the top and bottom lids. When that is done draw a small nose and then the smile.

Step 4.

We will tackle the body next and to do so draw in the stomach, and the chunky toddler like legs and feet. Add the knee dimple too.

Step 5.

Finish the body by drawing the arms and hands. The arms and hands are in a pose that is seen with a Kewpie doll. Add the belly button too.

Step 6.

I normally don't draw a full body and then clothes over it. I just did this for those of you who would like to dress your Kewpie doll. As I said in the description, Kewpie dolls are more often found or were made with no clothes. Draw in the cute one piece dress and add the pleats and ruffles at the bottom and on the sleeves.

Step 7.

If you decided to keep the clothes just erase the belly and arms that are not viewable through clothes. Color in your Kewpie doll and show someone the drawing to see if they know what it is.

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Uploaded: August 28, 2015
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 7
Updated: August 28, 2015
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Artist comments

So when I was watching 'Pawn Stars' yesterday I came across the episode where some guy wanted to sell his mother's 10 year collection of Kewpie dolls. It was mentioned that Kewpie dolls are actually pretty popular in Japan because they look anime-ish. Well, I did some research and the fact is, they are quite popular in Japan, and the doll has been around since 1909. Kewpies were created and developed by Rose O'Neill and they where made for a comic stripe. Once the popularity for the Kewpie became popular, they where sold as paper dolls. In 1912, porcelain dolls of the Kewpie was produced in Germany and from there the popularity for these dolls grew. Today, there are still collectors always searching for a Kewpie, and the dolls are almost always found or seen wearing no clothes. This is a very simple tut to tackle so if you are familiar with the Kewpie than you will enjoy the lesson. Other than that, have fun learning how to draw a Kewpie and I will be back with some other fun lessons for you all.