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How to Draw a Cat

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Grab a pencil (NOT a pen!) and let’s learn how to draw a realistic cat! Here’s how.

STEP 1: Draw a small circle for the cat’s head. Then add a larger circle below it and a larger one still below that for the cat’s body.

STEP 2: Join the circles together with a smooth, curving line to draw the cat’s neck and back on the right-hand side and another on the left for the cat’s neck.

STEP 3: Erase the overlapping lines inside the cat’s body. To draw the cat’s first front leg, add an oval overlapping its body and another smaller oval below that. Draw a smooth line around the ovals for the outline of the cat’s leg.

Step 4: Erase the overlapping lines in the cat’s leg and the line on its chest. Add the cat’s other front leg by drawing a line from the cat’s chest around the first leg. Now draw an oval overlapping the cat’s front leg and bottom for the back paw.

Step 5: Draw the cat’s face and ears, copying the shapes shown here as closely as possible. Erase any unnecessary lines so you are left with a complete cat shape.

Step 6: Draw long smooth lines coming from the nose for the cat’s whiskers. Add a curving tail and erase a small section of the outline where it joins the body. Add some wiggly fur lines on the chest and ears.

Get this cat drawing project and many more in “How to Draw Animals” by Michael Garton. (Michael O’Mara Books, $14.99 softcover. Ages 6 and up.)

10 Comments on How to Draw a Cat

  1. It looked amazing after I finished :):):)

  2. I’m confused… I don’t get it

  3. thank you this helped me a lot

  4. yo that cat is cool

  5. I changed it a bit to make the cat turn away from you, but thanks for helping me get the basic shape!

  6. You made it easy. Thanks

  7. wow it really helps

  8. What do I do?

  9. Random girl Who is Asthetic✨ // June 22, 2020 at 9:27 pm // Reply

    It was pretty helpful!

  10. Meowtastica // June 5, 2020 at 2:32 pm // Reply

    Never understood how to draw cats. This helped a lot!

    – Random girl who reads BoysLife

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