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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.)

37 Comments on How to Draw a Cat

  1. Easy Peasy …

  2. my cat looks like its haunted.

  3. needs more step, also mine is kind of fat.

  4. Super helpful! Thanks! 👍


  6. Great

  7. Drawing a cat is going to be really hard to draw.

  8. i hate this its so hard!!!

  9. Thanks you’re amazing !

    R’ p

  10. the kool kid // October 6, 2018 at 4:28 pm // Reply

    this is # FUN

  11. mine looks like a kidney bean

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

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

    very cool i like cats

  14. What the heck

  15. it looks amazing. thanks for the help

  16. Draw lightly, then darken.

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

  18. Mine looks like a cow.

  19. needs more details though

  20. 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

  21. I loved it

  22. wow! i can not do it.

  23. it lookd great

  24. thanks

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

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

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

  28. Cats start from circles??!!??!!!!

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