An online, interactive drawing festival for the global art community

Cover Artwork: Felicia Chen


The Massively Multi-artist Online (MMO) Drawing Festival

Drawfest is a hands-on live streaming event that consists of eight livestream programs, each one to four hours long. In addition to online workshops and lectures held by an assortment of internationally recognized illustrators, animators, and comic artists, there will also be programs for the audience to draw artworks all together. Everyone who draws is welcome. The event will offer simultaneous interpretation in both Japanese and English so that people from numerous regions will be able to participate in the festival.

With the sponsorship of Adobe, hololive English, NetEase, Netflix, and WIT STUDIO, there are also programs to let the audience and the personalities draw artworks of specific themes, such as hololive English, “Identity V”, and “GREAT PRETENDER”. The finished artworks will then be presented.

In recent years, anime-art-related content has drastically had cross-boundaries and cross-language fans. At the same time, artists worldwide have also been able to overcome language barriers and reach fans all over the world thanks to the changing environment.

Art is universal and has a special way of helping break down the barriers of regional and language differences. Drawfest was born from the idea of providing an online event with simultaneous Japanese-English interpretation, to give creators the chance to get together with other like-minded artists from all over the world so that everyone could interact and draw together.

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  • ・May 21th - 23th 17:00 - 23:00 [UTC -7]
  • ・May 22th - 24th 02:00 - 08:00 [UTC +2]
  • ・May 22th - 24th 09:00 - 15:00 [UTC +9]


Free of charge (Pre-registration required)


YouTube Live


Program 1

1 hours

・[UTC -7] May 21th 17:00 - 18:00

・[UTC +2] May 22th 02:00 - 03:00

・[UTC +9] May 22th 09:00 - 10:00

How to draw presence lighting expression
We cannot express an enchanting mood by characters alone.
To make your artwork more attractive, it is necessary to know about the method to express lighting.
We will learn about lighting expression of through the program.
Emcee: モ誰 (Modare)
© 2017 Manjuu Co.,Ltd. & Yongshi Co.,Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
© 2017 Yostar, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Program 2

2 hours

・[UTC -7] May 21th 19:00 - 21:00

・[UTC +2] May 22th 04:00 - 06:00

・[UTC +9] May 22th 11:00 - 13:00

Let's draw "Identity V" using Adobe Fresco, a free drawing tool!
pixiv interviewed NetEase, the publisher of "Identity V", and heard the notes to draw the character of the game.
Both the all audience and emcees will learn them and draw the character all together.
In this lecture, we use "Adobe Fresco" as a second tool for coloring.
Sponsors: Adobe & NetEase
Emcees: 灸場メロ (Melo Kyuba) & 岩本崇 (Takashi Iwamoto)
© 2021 NetEaseInc. All Rights Reserved

Program 3

1 hours

・[UTC -7] May 21th 22:00 - 23:00

・[UTC +2] May 22th 07:00 - 08:00

・[UTC +9] May 22th 14:00 - 15:00

Let's paint a magical moment together!
The program focuses on painting a magical setting with colored inks.
In the program, the audience will learn Heikala's painting methods, such as how to choose colors, how to convey different moods with different colors, some thoughts about the tone of shadows in a piece, etc., and draw all together.
Emcee: Heikala


Program 4

4 hours

・[UTC -7] May 22th 17:00 - 21:00

・[UTC +2] May 23th 02:00 - 06:00

・[UTC +9] May 23th 09:00 - 13:00

Let's learn the easiest way to create manga through yonkoma
Through creating yonkoma (four cell manga), we learn the techniques about character creation, designing of interestingness, and direction to make your manga interesting, which are also basic tecuniques for webtoons, social media mangas, etc.
Emcee: 若林稔弥 (Toshiya Wakabayashi)

Program 5

2 hours

・[UTC -7] May 22th 21:30 - 23:30

・[UTC +2] May 23th 06:30 - 08:30

・[UTC +9] May 23th 13:30 - 15:30

Happy Birthday, Ina! Let's draw "Ninomae Ina'nis"!
Happy Birthday, Ninomae Ina’nis!
pixiv interviewed Kouhaku Kuroboshi (黒星紅白), the character designer of her, and heard the notes to draw her.
Both the all audience and Ina will learn them and draw her all together celebrating her birthday.
Sponsor: hololive English
Emcee: Ninomae Ina'nis
©2016 COVER Corp.


Program 6

1 hours

・[UTC -7] May 23th 17:00 - 18:00

・[UTC +2] May 24th 02:00 - 03:00

・[UTC +9] May 24th 09:00 - 10:00

How to design a character with a strong thematic and iconic elements
Zeronis will go over the design principles and show how to design character with iconic design motif.
Emcee: Zeronis

Program 7

2 hours

・[UTC -7] May 23th 19:00 - 21:00

・[UTC +2] May 24th 04:00 - 06:00

・[UTC +9] May 24th 11:00 - 13:00

WIT Animator Academy Online! How to draw characters presented by a chief animation supervisor
The personality will introduce the process of animation production, showing the actual character settings used in the animation "GREAT PRETENDER".
In the latter half of the program, Hirotaka Kato, the sub-character designer and chief animation supervisor, will give a lecture on how to draw the characters.
Sponsors: WIT STUDIO & Netflix
Emcees: 加藤寛崇 (Hirotaka Kato)
©WIT STUDIO/Great Pretenders

Program 8

1 hours

・[UTC -7] May 23th 22:00 - 23:00

・[UTC +2] May 24th 07:00 - 08:00

・[UTC +9] May 24th 14:00 - 15:00

Going from sketch to color quickly and efficiently
In this program, Loish will show the audience how Loish makes a quick sketch, and then jump straight into adding color and simple touches to finalize it quickly.
It's all about working fast, and saving time by skipping lineart. If the audience use these techniques, they can create a finished color sketch with limited time.
Emcee: Loish

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