Drawing Kimono: Online Session with Kutsuwada Chie

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As part of our online draw-along event series, we invite all manga enthusiasts to take a deeper look at how to draw a male figure wearing kimono.

In this session, professional manga-ka Kutsuwada Chie shows participants tips and techniques to learn how to draw kimono on a male character focusing on fabric movement, simple shading, and patterns. While following Kutsuwada’s step-by-step guidelines, participants are invited to ask questions which will be answered live during the event.

Following the event, participants can share their result on social media and tag Japan House (@JapanHouseLDN) using the hashtags #japanhouselondon, #manga and #MuseumFromHome.

This drawing session is open to all levels and makes use of digital drawing, although participants are welcome to use any drawing equipment that they have available at home.

About the artist

Kutsuwada Chie was born and brought up in Japan. After graduating from the printmaking department of the Royal College of Art, London, she is now based in Brighton, working as a professional manga artist. Her work Moonlight (2008, collected in The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga 3 by Constable & Robinson) was shortlisted in the Manga Jiman competition organized by the Japanese Embassy in the UK. One of her latest projects is a series of illustrated columns for Mainichi Weekly (published every two months by one of the major Japanese newspaper companies) about life and culture in UK. Her books are available in most English-speaking countries and Japan, and some are translated into Turkish, French, Italian and Spanish. Besides creating manga comics, she runs manga workshops at schools, libraries, and museums, such as the British Museum, the British Library and Victoria and Albert Museum. She has also have worked on projects for Channel 4 and CNN.