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How to Draw a Cat


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.)

20 Comments on How to Draw a Cat

  1. mine looks like a kidney bean

  2. WOW! This helped so much, thank you.

  3. iji nintendogs ds // February 17, 2018 at 1:24 pm // Reply

    very cool i like cats

  4. What the heck

  5. it looks amazing. thanks for the help

  6. Draw lightly, then darken.

  7. Very good turnout-although I would draw lightly and then darken when done.

  8. Mine looks like a cow.

  9. needs more details though

  10. Cat lover 123 // January 26, 2013 at 8:19 pm // Reply

    I’m still drawing it but I almost done by the way I like it

  11. I loved it

  12. wow! i can not do it.

  13. it lookd great

  14. thanks

  15. at the beginning it looks like a slanted snowman:)

  16. Yay second comment. Lookes like the steps don’t work at first,then does

  17. i had no idea that a catwas so ez to make

  18. Cats start from circles??!!??!!!!

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