Monika’s quick sketches with heads added — note the importance of the ears.
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Finally, you can cover all the parts with loose skin, keeping only the outlines you need. I like to imagine I put the cat inside of one-piece pajamas — tight around the specific parts of the body, but loose in between.
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Now, shape the face. Draw fur around and on top of the cat’s head.
After you sketch the pose and the anatomy, you can make your cat complete by adding fur. The longer the hair, the “fatter” every part of the body must be. Also remember that hair grows in a certain direction all over the body. Don’t forget about that “one-piece pajama” look!
Now you can draw the outline for the rest of the body. It’s rather blocky and can be similar in shape to a long loaf of bread.
Try drawing small, slightly spiky lines to indicate fur. Keep on practicing this until you’re satisfied.
Sure! It is your cat, so you can do whatever you want, but try not to go to overboard!
The easiest way to learn this method is to look at a photo of a cat and to draw the “skeleton” you can see in its body. After dozens of such sketches this will become automatic for your hand. Tip: if you want to draw cats from imagination, try not to look at the photo after you start sketching — this way you’ll practice using your memory as well.
There’s no one-and-only correct order for drawing the body. Sketch it the way you want! Again, practice with a lot of different photo references to understand it better and to make the movement more automatic for your hand. You need to work out your own method that will work best for you.
Last, take a black marker or pen that isn’t likely to smudge. Trace the outline of the cat’s head, ears and neck. Trace the eyes, nose and mouth. Then, take an eraser and erase all of the pencil marks.
You can also color your cat, choosing any range of cat colors and fur patterns for inspiration.
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Although muscles are more complicated than a skeleton, in case of cats they can be highly simplified. This is because cats have a very loose skin that covers the outlines of the muscles even in hairless breeds. This makes them very easy to draw!
Finally, the outline of the paws. In short-haired breeds the tips of the claws in the hind paws can often be seen, so you can add them as a nice accent.
If you want your drawing to look real, then try to make sketchy strokes instead of straight lines. Remember that nature isn’t perfect! The main thing is to keep practicing and never give up!
Monika Zagrobelna is a Polish artist with a specialty in drawing animals and conceiving of animals that haven’t yet been invented. You can check out more of her work and follow along with her latest tutorials on her Facebook Page.
Cat ears are very complicated, not only difficult to draw, but also hard to imagine in 3D. They can’t be simplified to any basic form, but they can be roughly converted to a set of parts: a base (a), a “roll” or a “horse ear” (b), two pairs of flaps (c), a pouch (d), and the “front yard” (e). Even when covered in fur these parts define the shape of the ear.
Make two triangles on top of the head for ears. The triangles may be erect, twisted, or down, as in pointing toward the ground. Avoid making them floppy, like dog ears, as this is not a cat’s ear.
Before you draw a certain breed, spend a few minutes analyzing pictures of it. How do you need to modify the face’s proportions to achieve that look? How long is the fur, legs, tail? You don’t need to draw every little detail, but some elements are necessary if you want people to recognize the breed.
Cats are amazing animals—they’re fluffy and cute, yet they’re not really so different from their wild cousins. Having one is like having a miniature panther in your house! They’re very graceful, with a body that’s designed for hunting, and this elegance makes them a wonderful subject to draw. They also make a great “model animal” — once you learn how to draw them, you’ll be equipped with basic skills necessary for drawing dogs — and even horses! They have a surprising amount in common. I’ll show you.
Cat faces are much beloved by any person who loves cats––they’re beautifully proportioned, bewhiskered and beguiling. Drawing your own cat face will not be a one-off experience, as you’ll undoubtedly begin to explore many different ways to represent a cat’s face in your own drawing. However, to start somewhere, this article offers some great beginner tips for the artist preparing to draw a cat’s face.
Above the middle line, draw two eyes. The eyes should be pointing in the direction the cross bends.(To make it cuter, draw the eyes larger,but not too large).
This process gives you a generic cat head, and now you can modify it to create the breed you want.
Finally, add the rest of the base and the little pouch covering the outer flaps.
When drawing, pay special attention to the spine. In cats it’s very flexible, and it’s limited only by the ribcage and the hips.
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Well, for a more realistic cat, the fur lines are required. Not drawing them would result in a more cartoonish cat, if that’s what you want, then sure. Try it and see how it works out, if you don’t like it, you can always just try again with a different strategy.
After you draw the skeleton, you can start “dressing” it with parts of the body. Feet…
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A cat’s skeleton can be simplified to a set of lines. You need to memorize the proportions and location of the joints along with their limits. But once you have practiced this a few times, it’s all you need to start a drawing of a cat.
Add two curves for the neck and join these curves with the head.
Every animal’s body shape is defined by two anatomical levels: skeletal and muscle structure. They can be hidden under fur and skin, but without them the cat would be shapeless. Fortunately, we don’t have to learn the shape of every bone and the name of every muscle — we only need to draw what is seen.
Cats come in many shapes, but there’s a certain arrangement of proportions that creates a typical “cat face.” You don’t need to memorize them 100% — general rules are more important here. Start with a T-shape stuck to the imaginary head. These are the lines of the eyes and nose, and they should define the direction of the head even when you can’t see it yet as a whole.
If your cat is short-haired, you can add ovals in the front of fingers and toes to accentuate the shape of the bones beneath. Also, don’t forget about the pads, if they’re visible, and the pisiform in the back of the forepaws!
You can sketch the paws while drawing the skeleton. Imagine they’re pieces of wire, and that they must support the cat’s body.
Add a muzzle. It has the shape of a sack pinned to the point between the eyes.
Cut the muzzle into half, then cut the upper half as well. This will create the length of the nose bridge. In some breeds it may be longer (in others, shorter), but a half of the muzzle is a “safe” choice for a generic cat.
Add depth to the ear by drawing a kind of half-rolled leaf. If this is hard for you, you may need to practice perspective and drawing forms in 3D first.
Develop your own style through practice. Once you feel comfortable drawing a cat’s face, extend your skills in the way that feels best for your own drawing abilities. Watch cats regularly to see how they move their facial features.
Check out online videos if there are not cats in your own household or area. The instructions are simply a guidance, not a strait jacket. Deviate where it is best for you to shape the drawing in your own fashion.
When you’re more comfortable with the basic drawing process, begin to experiment with adding emotions to the cat’s face. Try anger, happiness, disappointment, fear, enjoyment, etc. To help you, read a book that has images showing how a cat communicates each of these emotions.
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Can I use a bit of white faded into the eyes to give them a round like feel?
Sketch a small triangle for the nose where all of the lines intersect. Then, slightly below it, make a shape like a sideways “3” for the mouth.
They don’t have to be exactly the same. But if you want, you can use a stencil or trace a circular object such as a lid.
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If you are a fast drawer, it may only take a couple minutes. Coloring it may take a bit longer. If you go slow and add many details, it will take more time, but you will have a better finished product.
We can draw them step by step: start by drawing a spherical base and the opening of the ear. This will establish their position and length.
Español: dibujar la cara de un gato, Italiano: Disegnare il Muso di un Gatto, Português: Desenhar um Rosto de Gato, Русский: нарисовать кошачью морду, Deutsch: Ein Katzengesicht zeichnen, Français: dessiner une tête de chat
Add the forehead. It can go straight from the nose line, but you can also create a “step” at this point, depending on the breed.
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Draw a circle with a cross through it. The cross should bend the way the cat drawing is facing.
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As long as you practice it will get better; the harder you practice, the better you will get!
The effect shown in these s has been painted by a computer, so that would be one way to get the effect.
Draw the basic shape of each paw. Notice that the 3D view (c) is a combined version of two 2D views (a, b).
Cats drawn from skeleton to skin with simple shapes and a little bit of practice. How to draw a cat’s head
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Add the outlines of fingers and toes. Don’t forget about the dew claws in the forepaws, placed like your thumbs.
Place the eyes in the middle of each “eye patch.” They shouldn’t touch the muzzle, and they should be slightly crossed with that original eye line.
Cats paws are unique — their deadly claws are hidden inside cute balls of fluff. All this fluff, again, makes them quite easy to draw. Let me show you! A typical cat has five fingers but uses only four for walking. The fifth one (a) is called a dew claw, and it’s positioned like your thumb. It doesn’t normally touch the ground. Each finger has a pad beneath, the same you have under your fingertips. There’s also one additional pad called pisiform (b). You can feel the bone it covers on the outer side of your wrist—in humans it’s not covered by any pad.