Drawfest is back by popular demand, December 18 – 19

By Doug Little
November 30, 2021

Drawfest 2, the hands-on, live streaming event featuring multiple drawing related programs is back by popular demand, following the success of the original Drawfest held earlier this year. Streaming live on YouTube, December 18 and 19, the event consists of online workshops and lectures held by an assortment of internationally recognized illustrators and animators. Everyone interested in drawing and keen on learning from professional content creators is welcome to join. 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.

The first Drawfest, held May 22 – 24 of this year, was viewed by approximately 10,000 artists worldwide with a watch time of more than 20,000 hours, of which approximately 65% were from outside of Japan. More than 1,000 people were in the Drawfest Discord voice servers at all times. Up to 300 people were streaming their drawing processes at any given time, so the participants were fully engaged and they came away from the event feeling inspired.

While pre-registration was required for last May’s event, Drawfest 2 organizers have decided to give everyone a chance to be able to participate and is opening up the online event to anyone who wants to jump in without pre-registering. However, please note that those who pre-register will have access to various gifts provided by the emceeing artists and sponsors.

Drawfest 2 Event Information

・Date & Time: Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 8:30 AM Pacific to Sunday, December 19 at 01:00 AM Pacific

・Languages: Japanese, English, partially Chinese (Simultaneous translation)

・Number of Programs: 7 slots

・Event Location: YouTube Live Public Livestream

・Participation Fee: Free of charge (Free pre-registration with gifts available)

Event Details and Pre-registration here.

Drawfest 2 Schedule

8:30 – 10:00 [PST]

[Draw all together] Drawing your dream holiday with James Chapman.

Emcee Artist: James Chapman

Art Tool Sponsor: POSCA

James Chapman, an artist, specializing in a water-based paint marker brand “POSCA,” will be drawing exotic holiday scenes with a range of color schemes and answering questions along the way.

11:00 – 12:30 [PST]

[Draw all together] How to tell stories in your illustrations.

Emcee Artist: Kevin Hong

The program will focus on how to draw a scene and tell a story within an illustration. It will explore generating and brainstorming ideas for storytelling and using techniques like composition and color to build a narrative between characters and their environments.

13:30 – 15:00 [PST]

[Lecture] Color and shade long beautiful hair with Rosuuri.

Emcee Artist: Rosuuri

Rosuuri walks through her method for coloring and shading long and lovely hair. We start with assessing the character within a scene that includes mixed sources of shadows. She demonstrates how to choose the right colors and tools to quickly and beautifully bring the hair to life.

16:00 – 17:30 [PST]

[Lecture] Expression of light and space in artworks from an architectural point of view.

Emcee Artists: Shougo Kawata (teamLab) x Yutaka Kikuchi

Architects who have been involved in various museums, public architectures, and events around the world will provide expert advice on essential lighting theories for staging scenes, such as a relationship between locations (daylighting) and cultures.

18:30 – 20:00 [PST]

[Art Battle] Art Battle: Defeat Zeen Chin.

Emcee Artist: Zeen Chin

pixiv will bring you 3 themes for the art battle. Draw your best artworks to compete with Zeen Chin.

21:00 – 22:30 [PST]

[Lecture] The Legend of Hei – Behind the scenes of anime production.

Emcee Artist: XRiverN

Content Sponsor: Legend of Hei

An animator of a Chinese smash hit anime film “The Legend of Hei” will take the session to share the front line of its animation production process.

23:30 – 01:00 [PST]

[Lecture] First ever 3-language-rendition (Chinese, Japanese, English)! “KK Magic School” is coming to Drawfest.

Emcee Artist: Krenz

Krenz will lecture on basic techniques to draw accurate and convincing perspectives. This is his first class ever to hold not only in Chinese but Japanese and English as well.

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