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Learning how to draw a cat is easy with this step by step guide

Steps to learn how to draw a cat

Learn how to draw a cat

© Zoe Monk - Wamiz

Follow our step-by-step guide and learn how to draw a cat so you can create the purrfect pet portrait of your feline friend or turn them into a kitty cartoon.

By Zoë Monk

Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:23

Learning how to draw a cat is easier than you might think. If you’ve always wanted to know how to draw animals, especially a realistic portrait of your kitty or you just want to brush up on your skills, follow the steps below to capture a life-like feline on paper.

How do you draw a cat step by step?

Whether you are a complete beginner or already an experienced sketcher, you can learn how to draw a cat in no time with these simple steps.

Step 1

Start with a circle for the cat’s head and two more circles for the body. Then draw two vertical lines underneath which will become the cat’s legs.

Step 1: Draw 3 circles and two vertical lines © Zoe Monk - Wamiz

Step 2

Add two triangles to the top circle for the ears and draw lines to link the top two circles and the third circle. Next, draw three small ovals for the cat’s feet.

Step 2 : Add two triangles, draw lines to join some parts and add three circles for the feet © Zoe Monk - Wamiz

Step 3

Draw the cat’s front legs. Then add a small oval which will become the cat’s face.

Step 3: Draw the legs and add a circle for the cat's face © Zoe Monk - Wamiz

Step 4

Rub out all the lines that you don’t need. Add more detail to the cat’s face, including the cat’s muzzle.

Step 4: Rub the lines you don't need © Zoe Monk - Wamiz

Step 5

Draw the details of the cat’s face such as eyes, nose and cat’s mouth. Don’t forget the cat’s whiskers and claws.

Step 6: Draw details on your cat's face © Zoe Monk - Wamiz

Step 6

Now it’s over to you. This step is all about how you want your cat to look. You can work on the cat’s fur using small rapid strokes of your pencil. The more strokes, the fluffier the cat will look. You can also add colour and shading with coloured pencils, pens or paints to make your cat look even more realistic.

How do you draw a cute cat?

Now you’ve drawn your cat you can make it look a lot cuter by making the eyes much bigger and even adding in eyelashes. Drawing furry tufts in the ears or a swirly spiral of hair will make your cat look fluffier and add to its cuteness. Meanwhile, sticking a big bow on the cat’s head is a quick and easy way to add some cuteness to your drawing.

Check out our list of the top 10 cutest cat breeds.

How do you draw a cartoon cat?

Drawing a cartoon cat is great fun and a good way to build your confidence when you are learning how to draw animals. You can give your cat all sorts of expressions and poses. Play around with different combinations of eyes and eyebrows and different mouth shapes to give your cat some character.

How to draw an easy cat

Whether you want to draw a realistic, cute or even cartoon-style cat, learning how to draw a cat is easier than you think. All you need is a pencil, some paper and plenty of creativity and you’ll be creating a pawsome pet portrait in no time.

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