Drawfest 3, the online illustration event

  • With Mika Pikazo, Hanabushi and many more
  • Draw, learn, and connect with others in this live-streamed event in English and Japanese

TOKYO, May 19, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — pixiv Inc. (Main Office: Shibuya, Tokyo; Deputy Director: Shingo Kunieda), in collaboration with Wacom Co., will hold its third edition of Drawfest, a large-scale online drawing festival which will be attended by approximately 10,000 creators from around the world on June 18 and 25, 2023 (Japan time).

Drawfest is an online event where popular illustrators and animators explain various drawing and creative techniques, while allowing viewers to complete their own works within a certain time frame. Speakers will include Mika Pikazo, a leading Japanese designer, Hanabushi, Guweiz, an illustrator living in Singapore, and Namie, an illustrator living in Australia. The program will be available in English and Japanese, so people from different regions can enjoy the programs.

This year, the Drawfest will be divided into two sessions: a study day on June 18; and Feedback Day on June 25. After learning the tips and techniques of the speakers during the study day, viewers will have a week to create their own works and publish them on pixiv. During the second session, speakers will present and give feedback on the submitted artwork. Winners will also be selected for each category and will receive a Wacom One LCD pen tablet and an official illustration book from our sponsor, Genshin Impact.

Starting this year, Study Day will be broadcast in English and Japanese to allow participants to better focus on their creations. All pre-recorded videos will be dubbed and live streams will be interpreted in real time, so attendees can hear explanations in a language they are more familiar with.

In the first two editions of this event, held in 2021, around 40% of the audience had commercial illustration experience and around 60% came from outside Japan, making Drawfest an event where a wide range of creators could interact across language barriers. This year’s Drawfest is no exception as talented creators with fans around the world will take the stage and give advice on their creative techniques. We hope that those who participate will come away with something that will prove useful in their own creative endeavours.

pixiv will continue to strive to create opportunities for content creators around the world to interact and work across barriers such as distance and language.

Drawfest 3 Event Summary and How to Attend

Date and hour :

Study day: Saturday, June 18, 2023 (JST) 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (provisional)

Feedback Day: Saturday, June 25, 2023 (JST) 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (tentative)

Languages ​​:

Live broadcasts in English and Japanese

Programs: 3 programs x 2 days

Where to display: Streamed exclusively on YouTube Live

Participation fee:

FREE, pre-registration required, videos will not be archived


Pre-registration: https://www.pixiv.net/special/drawfest3/fr/

Pre-registration period:

Part 1: Wednesday May 18 to Friday May 27, 2023

Part 2: from Wednesday June 1 to Saturday June 25, 2023

Please note that applications may be closed once a certain number has been reached.

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1. Learn with Guweiz! How to draw cool female characters in shade

Date and hour :

Study day: Saturday, June 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (JST).

Feedback Day: Saturday, June 25, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (JST).

Summary: Guweiz will explain the techniques used to represent dignified women existing in their own world, from a grayscale sketch.


A very talented illustrator living in Singapore, Guweiz started drawing at the age of 17. Within a few years, they have won fans in Japan and overseas, depicting scenes and characters that move people’s hearts. “The Art of GUWEIZ”, an artbook filled with past illustrations is now on sale.

pixiv: https://www.pixiv.net/users/8350338

Twitter: @ttguweiz

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/guweiz/

2. Welcome to the Animation Dojo! Mika Pikazo learns from Hanabushi!

Date and hour :

Study day: Saturday, June 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (JST).

Feedback Day: Saturday, June 25, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (JST).

This program, starring Mika Pikazo and Hanabushi, aims to help beginners in the world of animation take a step forward and learn the basics, the joy of movement and the key points of expression.


Born in Tokyo in 93, they work as illustrators and character designers.

You might know them as the designer of Vtubers Kaguya Luna and Hakos Baelz, Sei Shonagon and Mysterious Ranmaru X from Fate/Grand Orrder, or even characters from the Bandai Namco Entertainment game DENONBU.

pixiv: https://www.pixiv.net/users/1039353

Twitter: @MikaPikaZo

Illustrator and animator. Formerly affiliated with Toei Animation, has participated in many productions and worked extensively as a character designer and animation director. Hanabushi’s work on the music videos of artists like Zutomayo on their 2020 song “Obenkyo shitoiteyo” and their 2021 song “Darken” have been widely acclaimed, even among those not interested in anime.

pixiv: https://www.pixiv.net/users/9211647

Twitter: @hanabushi_

3. Genshin Impact x Namie – Create cute characters and scenes with a variety of colors and textures!

Date and hour :

Study day: Saturday, June 18, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (JST).

Feedback Day: Saturday, June 25, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (JST).

Namie will explain how to make scenes and characters prettier using photographic materials while drawing characters from Drawfest sponsor: Genshin Impact.


An illustrator living in Australia known for his use of soft colors and cute characters. They have gained popularity mainly on social networks. Their major works include character designs for Arknights (Mizuki, Goldenglow), Fate/Grand Order concept ornaments, and game anniversary artwork.



Sponsor of this event: Genshin Impact

pixiv is a social network for creators focused on communication through works of art. It was launched in September 2007, specializing in the publication and exchange of various works (illustrations, mangas and novels). The service is based on the philosophy of creating a place where creative endeavors can be more fun. Currently, more than 79 million users have registered.

Wacom is a leading technology company that uses digital pen technology to provide customers with a digital drawing or writing experience tailored to their needs. Wacom pen tablets are used in more than 150 countries and regions by a wide range of users, from professional creators such as film producers, industrial design studios, designers and draftsmen to hobbyists who love illustration and photo processing. Wacom strives to continue to deliver new digital pen experiences and value, working with cutting-edge technologies.

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