How to Draw Hello Kitty
Use the video and step-by-step drawing instructions below to learn how to draw Hello Kitty. A new cartoon drawing tutorial is uploaded every week, so stay tooned!
Intro: Start drawing Hello Kitty with a pencil sketch. In the beginning stages, don't press down too hard. Use light, smooth strokes for sketching.
Step 1: To draw Hello Kitty, start by drawing a sideways oval on the top half of the paper. This will be the basic shape of Hello Kitty's head. Just beneath this shape, draw a square with rounded corners. Draw the square slightly smaller than the head shape. This will be the basic shape for Hello Kitty's body.
Step 2: Next, draw a vertical line that intersects the oval in half and a horizontal line that goes across it. The horizontal line should be a bit below the center. On the body shape, draw a vertical line about two-thirds to the right of the center and a horizontal line below the center of the shape. These will be construction lines that will help you place Hello Kitty's features later on.
Step 3: Above Hello Kitty's head and on either side of the vertical line, draw two small triangles. These will be this cartoon character's ears.
Step 4: For Hello Kitty's arms draw an oval on the upper left side of the body shape. The oval should angle up slightly to the right, and the top right of the arm should graze her head shape. On the upper right side of her body shape, draw another oval of similar size and angle. When drawing this oval, place it higher, and it should also graze the head shape.
Step 5: On the upper right side of Hello Kitty's head and right below her ear, draw a small circle. On either side of the circle, draw two small triangles that point in toward the middle of the small circle. This is the basic shape of Hello Kitty's bow.
Step 6: That's it for the initial sketch of Hello Kitty! You have the basic Hello Kitty shape, and now you will go in and tighten your drawing. From this point on, press harder with your pencil in order to get darker lines and a more defined sketch.
Step 7: Start by tightening the shape of Hello Kitty's bow. Darken in the circle first, then round the triangle shapes. Do not draw in the points of the triangle that overlap with the small circle. Draw two C-shaped curves that touch the small circle inside each of the triangles.
Step 8: Darken in Hello Kitty's head, making sure to round her ears so they won't be so pointy.
Step 9: Now draw two ovals right on the horizontal construction line on either side of the vertical construction line. Shade these ovals in. When drawing the eyes, make sure that each eye is centered between the vertical construction line and the outside of the circle. These complete Hello Kitty's eyes.
Step 10: Below the horizontal construction line, right on the vertical construction line, draw a sideways oval that is of similar size to Hello Kitty's eyes. Don't shade this one in. This is her nose. Using quick strokes, draw three lines on either side of her face to represent her whiskers.
Step 11: To tighten the left arm, draw a line across the middle of the oval to represent her sleeve. Then darken in the shape making sure to draw a small bump just below the bottom right of her sleeve to represent her thumb.
Step 12: Now tighten in Hello Kitty's body by drawing a U-shaped arc below her head to represent her neckline. Darken in the horizontal construction line and the rest of her body. When drawing the right side of her body, taper it in toward her head more than the original square shape. Draw a small line just to the left of the vertical line to indicate where Hello Kitty's legs come together.
Step 13: Draw Hello Kitty's feet by using the body shape and vertical line as a guide. Draw her left foot bigger than her right one because she's standing sideways.
Step 14: Finally tighten Hello Kitty's right hand by adding a line in the middle of the oval. When you darken in the rest of the circle, make sure you don't darken the parts that overlap her head or body.
Step 15: That's it! You now have a nice sketch of Hello Kitty. You can stop at this quick drawing for a rough, sketchy look or go for a more finished look by continuing to the step below.
Step 16: For a more finished, inked look, carefully draw over the final sketch lines with a pen or marker. Wait for the ink to dry, and then get rid of every pencil mark with an eraser. You now have a finished inked drawing of Hello Kitty! You can stop here or go to the final step to complete your Hello Kitty.
Final Step: For a completely finished Hello Kitty drawing, you have to color it. You can use markers, color pencils or even crayons! Hello Kitty is an easy cartoon character to color. Color her bow and overalls red, her nose yellow and her shirt pink. Don't color in her face. You can actually color Hello Kitty's clothes any color you want, but make sure you keep her nose yellow and her face white. That's it! You now have a completed drawing of Hello Kitty.