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How to Draw Cats – 19 Easy Guides in One Tutorial


Welcome to a complete tutorial on how to draw cats. This guide is ideal if you’re looking to master drawing cats in various styles, without needing to delve into complex cat anatomy. Each of the 19 guides is simplified, making it possible for you to draw cats effortlessly, even if you have no previous experience. We’ll start with simple cat outlines, then gradually move to more realistic depictions of cats in different poses – walking, jumping, lying on their back, sitting from different angles, stretching, and playing with a ball.

In addition to these poses, we’ll also cover how to draw a cat’s face and delve into various styles such as minimalistic, cartoon, anime, and kawaii cats. The last four guides, added as a bonus, are quite straightforward. I created them while developing this article and included them for their simplicity and fun – they are perfect for drawing with kids. So, let’s begin our journey into the delightful world of cat drawing!

Table of Contents

Guide 1: Drawing a Simple Cat in 5 Easy Steps

Simple Cartoon Cat Drawing in 5 Easy Steps
Simple Cat – The Result

Let’s start our drawing adventure with an adorable and straightforward cartoon cat. This cute little feline sports a round face, big expressive eyes, and a tiny, playful smile. Its body is depicted with simple shapes, making it the perfect starting point for beginners. With just five easy steps, you’ll learn how to bring this charming cartoon cat to life. It’s a great way to get familiar with basics without getting too technical. Grab your pencil, and let’s create some cute with ease!

Step 01 – Start with simple shapes to form the basic outline of the cat’s head and body, ensuring the right proportion and placement for a balanced structure

Outline of a cat's head and body with basic geometric shapes - step 01
Initial shapes for the cat’s head and body

Step 02 – Draw two large circles for the eyes on the head oval, fill them in while leaving small white dots to represent the light reflecting in the cat’s eyes

Two large circles added onto the head for the cats eyes, with highlights - step 02
Eyes with reflective highlights added

Step 03 – Define the cat’s face by adding triangular shapes for ears at the top of the head, a small nose, curved lines for the mouth, and several straight lines for whiskers, detailing your cat’s face

Cat's facial features including ears, nose, mouth, and whiskers added - step 03
Facial features and ears sketched in.

Step 04 – Draw simple vertical lines under the body to suggest legs and a curled line for the tail, giving your cat drawing a sense of completeness and posture

Easy cat outline - Vertical lines for legs and a twirl for the tail added to the body - step 04
Legs and tail outlined

Step 05 – Finish your easy cat drawing by outlining all features clearly. You now have a complete drawing that captures the essence of a playful and charming feline

Completed simple cat drawing with outlined features - step 05
Completed simple cat sketch

Guide 2: Drawing a Cat Lying on Its Belly – 8 Steps

Easy drawing guide on how to draw a cat lying on its belly - the result
Cat lying on the belly – easy drawing

Welcome to the second step of our cat drawing series, where we’ll tackle a slightly more complex subject: a cat lying on its belly. This endearing pose has a bit more detail and requires eight steps to complete. This cat’s appearance is marked by its relaxed posture, with its paws neatly tucked under its body and a content expression on its face. Though more intricate than our first guide, this drawing remains within reach for those who are new to the art. With each step, you’ll see how simple shapes come together to form a cozy feline, ready to be brought to life by your hand.

Step 01 – Begin with an oval shape for the head, leaving space at the top where the ears will be positioned

An oval shape with indentations for ears on a cat sketch - step 01
Starting oval for the cat’s head

Step 02 – Add two circles for the eyes and a smaller oval for the nose. Sketch triangles on top of the head to represent the ears

Eyes, nose, and ears added to the outline of a cat's head - step 02
Features taking shape

Step 03 – Draw the inner lines of the ears for depth and add the mouth and whiskers to bring the cat’s expression to life

Inner ear lines and facial details on a cat's head - step 03
Facial details emerge

Step 04 – Sketch the two front legs of the cat, showing it lying comfortably on its belly

Front legs outlined on the cat's body sketch - step 04
Front legs outlined

Step 05 – Draw the outline of the cat’s back arching smoothly into one visible hind leg

Sketch of a cat's back and one hind leg - step 05
Back and hind leg added

Step 06 – Add the second hind leg and the cat’s belly, finishing with the tail curling alongside the body, offering a sense of relaxed posture

Second hind leg and tail added to the cat sketch - step 06
Second leg and tail in place

Step 07 – Insert lines to separate the paws, detailing the individual sections

Paws separated with lines on the cat sketch - step 07
Paws distinctively marked

Step 08 – Finalize the drawing, reviewing all outlines for clarity, and solidify any details necessary for the complete image of a cat lying contentedly on its belly

Completed easy drawing of a cat lying on its belly - step 08
Finished lying cat drawing

Guide 3: Drawing a Bipedal Cartoon Cat – 8 Steps

Easy cartoon cat drawing - bipedal
Bipedal Cartoon Cat Easy Drawing – the Result

Ready for another fun challenge? The third guide features a whimsical bipedal cartoon cat that stands on its two feet. This drawing, composed of eight steps, is similar in complexity to the second guide but introduces the delightful twist of anthropomorphism. Your sketch will come to life with this character’s oversized eyes and an endearing upright stance. This little feline is full of personality, from its perky ears down to its tiny paws. Whether you’re a beginner or looking to add some playful characters to your portfolio, this guide is sure to inspire your creativity.

Step 01 – Begin with an oval shape to form the head of the cartoon cat, which will serve as the foundation for facial features

Oval shape drawn for the head of a cartoon cat - step 01
Head shape for cartoon cat

Step 02 – Add two triangular shapes to the top of the oval for the cat’s ears, ensuring they are symmetrical and proportional to the head

Triangular ears added to the top of the cat's head - step 02
Cat ears take shape

Step 03 – Draw two large circles for the eyes and fill them with color, leaving two dots—one larger and one smaller in the center—for the highlights that give the eyes a lively expression

Large eyes with colorful highlights drawn on the cat's face - step 03
Eyes with highlights

Step 04 – Outline the eyes with thick lines to represent lashes or eyelids, then sketch a small nose and a mouth to complete the cartoon cat’s face

Detailed eyes, nose, and mouth added to the cat's face - step 04
Final facial features

Step 05 – Enhance the cat’s face with whiskers and add simple lines near the ears to indicate fur

Cartoon cat face drawing with whiskers and fur details - step 05
Whiskers and ear fur added

Step 06 – Draw the body shape for the bipedal cartoon cat, starting with the torso below the head. Outline the legs to establish a standing posture

Outline of a cartoon cat's body and legs - step 06
Body and legs sketched

Step 07 – Add the arms with rounded ends for hands, an oval shape on the torso for the belly detail, and finalize the paws to complete the limbs

Arms, belly, and paws added to the cartoon cat drawing - step 07
Arms and paws outlined

Step 08 – Conclude this easy-to-follow guide by reviewing the outlines and details, ensuring your bipedal cartoon cat has a cohesive and friendly appearance. This drawing seamlessly combines simple shapes and lines to create an engaging character that’s perfect for beginner artists looking to expand their repertoire

Completed drawing of an easy bipedal cartoon cat - step 08
Bipedal cartoon cat complete

Guide 4: Drawing a Detailed Cartoon Kitten Sitting – 12 Steps

Detailed Cartoon Kitten Sitting - Easy Drawing Guide - step 12
Cartoon Kitten – the Result

As we progress, let’s add a bit more intricacy to our drawings with this adorable cartoon kitten in a sitting pose. Spanning 12 steps, this guide is designed to introduce a more dynamic pose with a greater level of detail, yet it remains accessible and enjoyable. This kitten captures the essence of curiosity, with large, gleaming eyes and a fluffy tail, creating a sense of life and movement. While it’s a step up in complexity, the clear instructions will make it easy to follow along. This guide is perfect for those who’ve mastered simpler shapes and are ready to try something with a touch more detail.

Step 01 – Start the sketch with the bottom part of the kitten’s head, creating a base for the facial features

The lower part of a kitten's head outlined - step 01
Beginning of the head outline

Step 02 – Finish the head outline by drawing the upper part, rounding it off to form the full head shape

The upper part of the kitten's head completed - step 02
Head outline completed

Step 03 – Sketch two triangular shapes on the top of the head for the ears, paying attention to their symmetry and angle

Triangular shapes for kitten ears added to the head - step 03
Ears sketched in

Step 04 – Draw two large circles for the eyes and fill them with color, leaving small blank circles for highlights to create a sparkling effect. Add a small highlighted nose to bring the kitten’s face to life

Eyes with color fill and highlights, and a nose with highlight added - step 04
Facial features take shape

Step 05 – Outline the eyes to enhance their shape, add a small mouth for expression, and refine the ears to give them a more realistic appearance

Detailing the kitten's face with eyes, mouth, and ear shapes - step 05
Facial expression defined

Step 06 – Sketch the whiskers extending from the face and add fur details inside the ears and at the top of the head for texture

Adding whiskers and fur details to the kitten's head - step 06
Whiskers and ear fur sketched

Step 07 – Draw the curve of the kitten’s back and the outline of a back leg, positioning it to suggest a sitting posture

Sketching the back and back leg of a sitting kitten - step 07
Back and hind leg outlined

Step 08 – Illustrate the two front legs, ensuring they are proportionate to the body and aligned with the sitting pose

Front legs of the sitting kitten drawn - step 08
Front legs added

Step 09 – Sketch the initial shapes for the front legs and the outline of the back leg, ensuring they support the sitting posture of the kitten

Outline of a kitten's front and back legs - step 09
Limbs taking shape

Step 10 – Draw the second back leg and a fluffy tail, completing the lower body of the sitting kitten

Addition of the second back leg and tail to the kitten - step 10
Second leg and tail added

Step 11 – Add the pads to the back paws, separate the front paws, and include fur details on the body and tail to add texture and depth to the sketch

Detailing of paws, fur, and body of the sitting kitten easy drawing - step 11
Paws and fur details

Step 12 – Finalize your drawing, capturing the playful essence of a sitting cartoon kitten. This step-by-step guide offers a structured approach to depicting a more dynamic and detailed character, perfect for those learning how to draw cartoon animals

Finished drawing of a cartoon kitten sitting - step 12
Cartoon kitten drawing complete

Guide 5: Drawing a Minimalistic Sleeping Cat – 6 Steps

A minimalistic sleeping cat easy drawing - the result
Finished Drawing of the Minimalistic Sleeping Cat

For our fifth step in the cat-drawing series, we simplify our approach with a minimalistic sleeping cat. This serene creation, completed in just six steps, is one of the easiest designs to replicate, making it a perfect exercise in line art. Although it ranks fifth, it’s not due to complexity but rather its shift towards a more realistic cat shape, moving away from the cartoonish style of earlier guides. This guide will help you capture the essence of a cat at rest with clean, flowing lines, proving that sometimes simplicity can be strikingly beautiful and tranquil.

Step 01 – Start with the basics by drawing lines for the eyes and nose, setting the stage for the minimalistic style of the sleeping cat

Initial sketch of cat's eyes and nose for a minimalistic drawing - step 01
Eyes and nose in place

Step 02 – Outline the shape of the head and ears, using gentle curves to suggest the peacefulness of the cat’s sleeping form

Outline of a cat's head and ears in a minimalistic style - step 02
Head and ears outlined

Step 03 – Draw the upper back line and the front leg, creating the initial contours of the cat’s relaxed, sleeping posture

Upper back and front leg of a sleeping cat outlined - step 03
Upper body and front leg sketched

Step 04 – With a fluid line, shape the back of the cat, extending it to form the tail

Continuous line drawing the cat's back and tail - step 04
Back and tail shaped

Step 05 – Add the line for the visible back leg, completing the main body structure of the minimalistic cat

Outline for the visible back leg of the sleeping cat - step 05
Back leg added

Step 06 – Now you mastered how to draw a minimalistic cat, perfecting the simplicity and elegance of the sleeping form. Let’s move to the next one

Completed minimalistic drawing of a sleeping cat - step 06
Sleeping minimalistic cat complete

Guide 6: How to Draw a Cat’s Face with Realistic Features – 12 Steps

How to draw a cat's face - easy step-by-step drawing guide
How to Draw a Cat’s Face – Easy Guide

Advancing to the sixth guide, we delve into the finer details of how to draw a cat’s face. This 12-step tutorial is designed to help you capture the realistic features of a cat’s face with precision. Unlike the more simplistic styles we’ve tackled so far, this guide focuses on creating a proportional structure from the start, laying the foundation for the intricate details that follow. You’ll learn to layer each step to sculpt the cat’s facial features, from the piercing gaze of its eyes to the delicate whiskers and fur texture. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or a curious beginner, this guide will elevate your drawing skills and bring the captivating expressions of a cat to your paper.

Step 01 – Begin your realistic cat face drawing with a simple circle. This foundational shape is divided into halves with a vertical line and a curved horizontal line to map out facial proportions accurately. Position the horizontal line slightly above the center to establish the eyes’ level

Initial sketch of a cat's face with a proportional circle and intersecting lines - step 01
Constructing the proportions of the Cat’s face

Step 02 – Shape the chin and the cheekbones of the cat by sketching short strokes that mimic fur texture. Start the outline approximately one-third above the horizontal guide line and ensure that the chin touches the bottom of your initial circle

Sketch showing the outline of a cat's chin and cheeks with fur texture - step 02
Shaping the cat’s chin and cheeks

Step 03 – Progress to adding the cat’s ears and the upper head. Sketch two triangular ears extending from the top of the head, keeping in mind the perspective and angle of the ears in relation to the face

Addition of ears and the top of the head to the cat's face sketch - step 03
Adding the ears and upper head

Step 04 – Focus on the cat’s eyes by adding almond-shaped outlines. Position them symmetrically across the vertical line to ensure a balanced facial expression. The eyes are a focal point and are crucial for capturing the cat’s essence

Detailed sketch of the cat's eyes shapes on the face - step 04
Outlining the cat’s eyes

Step 05 – With the cat’s eyes in place, add pupils filled with black and leave small white dots for highlights to give life to the gaze. Sketch a subtle T-shaped outline to indicate the nose placement, giving your cat’s face a more defined appearance

Sketch of a cat's face adding pupils, highlights, and nose detail - step 05
Detailing the Eyes and Nose of the Cat

Step 06 – Darken the nostrils for depth and draw a curved ‘W’ shape to form the cat’s mouth. This step begins to bring together the facial features, providing a guide for the more intricate details to follow

Enhanced sketch of cat's face with darkened nostrils and mouth shape - step 06
Refining the cat’s nose and mouth

Step 07 – Enhance the realism of your cat’s face by adding short lines around the nose and cheeks to suggest fur texture. This step adds volume and character to the drawing, making the face look more dynamic and three-dimensional

Detailed cat's face sketch with fur textures on the nose and cheeks - step 07
Shaping the nose and facial features

Step 08 – Define the inner ear lines and apply smooth, gentle strokes to represent the fur within the ears and below them. These subtle touches add softness and texture, which are essential for the realistic depiction of a cat’s face

Detailed sketch of the inner ear lines and fur texture in a cat's face - step 08
Adding ear details and fur texture to the cat’s face drawing

Step 09 – Depict the whiskers by drawing fine, radiating vertical lines from the forehead area. Add short strokes above the eyes to simulate fur, giving your drawing an extra level of detail

Sketch of a cat's face with the addition of whiskers and fur above the eyes - step 09
Illustrating whiskers and forehead texture

Step 10 – Intensify the fur detail around the eyes and on the forehead. Use a series of short lines to create a fur pattern

Close-up of a cat's face sketch showing detailed fur around the eyes and forehead - step 10
Enhancing details around the eyes and forehead

Step 11 – Draw the whisker spots as small dots where the whiskers emanate from the snout. Add additional whiskers to these spots, ensuring they are of varying lengths to mimic the natural randomness found in a cat’s face

Cat's face drawing highlighting the whisker spots and patterns - step 11
Defining whiskers and spot patterns in the cat’s face drawing

Step 12 – Conclude the guide on how to draw a cat’s face with the final touches on whiskers and fur patterns if needed. Review the overall shape and symmetry to ensure a lifelike representation. The result is a detailed and authentic portrayal of a cat’s face that artists of any level can achieve with practice and attention to detail

Finalized drawing of a realistic cat's face - the last step in the how to draw a cat's face guide
Completing the realistic cat face drawing

Guide 7: How to Draw a Sitting Cat – Front View – 16 Steps

How to draw a realistic cat in sitting pose - step-by-step guide
How to draw a sitting cat – front view

Moving forward in our drawing series, let’s learn how to draw a sitting cat, viewed from the front. This tutorial breaks the process down into 16 manageable steps, ensuring clarity and ease for artists at any level. While this cat presents a realistic shape, it is not burdened with an overwhelming amount of detail, striking a balance between authenticity and simplicity. The first two steps will guide you in creating a proportional structure, which serves as the foundation for the rest of your drawing. By following each step, you will be able to draw this composed feline with confidence and ease.

Step 01 – Start by drawing a circle for the head and a larger circle for the body. Connect these circles with two lines on the sides to form the cat’s neck and back. A vertical line bisects the structure, marking the center and ensuring symmetry in the pose

Proportional sketch structure for how to draw a sitting cat with circles and lines - step 01
Creating the structural base for a sitting cat

Step 02 – Add a horizontal line across the head circle with two short lines to indicate the future position of the pupils. Sketch the basic outlines for the nose, mouth, and ears, and introduce the fundamental shapes for the legs and tail, setting the groundwork for the cat’s sitting posture

Initial guide lines for a sitting cat's facial features and basic leg shapes - step 02
Mapping out facial and body guidelines

Step 03 – Refine the top of the head and sketch the pointed ears, ensuring they align with the guidelines. This step shapes the head’s contour, which is integral for a realistic depiction of a sitting cat

Outline of a cat's head and ears for a sitting cat drawing - step 03
Defining the cat’s head and ear outlines

Step 04 – Draw the sides of the cat’s head to indicate the cheekbones, which add dimension and form to the face

Sketching the cheekbones to shape the sides of a sitting cat's head - step 04
Shaping the cheekbones of the sitting cat

Step 05 – Define the upper parts of the cat’s eyes, which resemble eyelashes, to bring focus to the eyes

Sketch adding upper eyelids to a sitting cat drawing - step 05
Drawing the upper eyelids for a sitting cat

Step 06 – Complete the eye shapes by adding the lower lines, and fill in the pupils with color, leaving small blank circles for highlights

Detailed eye shapes and pupils in a sitting cat sketch - step 06
Completing the eye shapes with highlights

Step 07 – Outline a triangular shape for the nose, positioned in the center of the facial guidelines

Sketch outlining a triangular nose shape on a sitting cat - step 07
Outlining the nose of the sitting cat

Step 08 – Sketch the cat’s mouth, forming the chin and whisker pads, and use short, gentle lines to suggest a fur texture. This technique avoids the appearance of smooth, unnatural lines, adding a sense of realism to the drawing

Adding mouth, chin, and whisker pads with fur texture to a sitting cat drawing - step 08
Shaping the mouth and chin with a fur-like texture

Step 09 – Refine the area around the eyes by adding more defined lines to illustrate the cat’s gaze. Insert inner lines within the ears to give some depth

Detailing the eyes and inner ears in a sitting cat sketch - step 09
Enhancing eye details and inner ear lines

Step 10 – Draw whiskers extending from the muzzle and add fine lines above the eyes to represent the fine hair in that area. Include fur details within the ears to create a soft texture that captures the essence of a cat’s ears

Sketch of a sitting cat adding whiskers and fur detail in the ears - step 10
Adding whiskers and ear fur to the sitting cat

Step 11 – Sketch the neck, transitioning smoothly into the upper body to establish the cat’s posture

Sketch shaping the neck and upper body of a sitting cat - step 11
Outlining the neck and upper body contours

Step 12 – Finalize the outline of the cat’s body, curving down to the base where the tail begins. Sketch the tail with a smooth, flowing lines

Finalizing the side body and tail outlines for a sitting cat drawing - step 12
Defining the cat’s side body and tail

Step 13 – Begin shaping the two front legs, ensuring they are proportionate and symmetrical

Initial sketch of two front legs for a sitting cat drawing - step 13
Sketching the front legs of the sitting cat

Step 14 – Draw the second side of the cat’s body and outline the back legs, tucked comfortably underneath

Outlining the second side and back legs of the sitting cat sketch - step 14
Defining the body and back legs of the sitting cat

Step 15 – Separate the paws into individual sections, often referred to as toes or paw pads, to add realism. Introduce some texture to the tail for a fluffy appearance, which enhances the cat’s lifelike look

Adding paw details and tail texture to the sitting cat drawing - step 15
Detailing the paws and tail of the sitting cat

Step 16 – Your guide on how to draw a sitting cat concludes with a finished drawing, showcasing a serene feline in a front sitting position. Review all lines for clarity, add any final touches to fur texture, and ensure the overall symmetry and balance. Accurately erase the basic structural sketch if needed. Optionally, ink your sketch and erase the pencil lines and marks then.

Completed drawing of a sitting cat capturing the essence of how to draw a sitting cat - step 16
Completing the sitting cat drawing with detailed features

Guide 8: How to Draw a Sitting Cat – 3/4 Left Side View – 13 Steps

How to Draw a Sitting Cat - 3/4 Left Side View - step 13
Sitting cat 3/4 left side view – easy drawing guide

Continuing our artistic exploration, this eighth guide focuses on how to draw a sitting cat from a left side view. The 3/4 left side perspective gives depth and dimension to our subject. This 13-step process is ranked as normal in complexity, offering a balance between detail and manageability. By following these steps, artists can confidently depict a realistic cat without getting bogged down by intricacies. We start by establishing a proportional structure within the first two steps, setting a solid foundation for the cat’s poised and attentive stance. Step by step, you’ll bring this graceful feline to life.

Step 01 – Draw a circle for the cat’s head and intersect it with a vertical line for center alignment and a horizontal line for eye placement. Sketch the position of the nose and muzzle. Add a larger circle for the upper body, slightly overlapping the head circle. For the bottom part of the body, draw a circle that’s between the head and upper body in size. Connect these two larger circles with curved lines to define the body’s shape

Sketching the foundational shapes for a cat's body in a side view - step 01
Constructing the base of a cat in a 3/4 side view

Step 02 – Map the pupils, mouth, and ears onto the head circle. Outline the neck’s curve and then sketch basic shapes and lines for the leg bases and paws, creating a framework for the sitting posture

Mapping the facial and body features of a cat in a side view - step 02
Outlining facial features and basic leg shapes

Step 03 – Outline the shape of the head, making sure to separate the chin with a distinct line starting within the head circle. Also, sketch one ear’s outline (which is closer to us), following the curvature of the head

Outlining the head and ear of a cat from a side view - step 03
Shaping the head and one ear

Step 04 – Add the second ear, ensuring it’s consistent with the perspective of a 3/4 side view. Sketch the inner lines and add fur details within the ears to give them depth and texture

Sketching the second ear and detailing both ears of a cat - step 04
Detailing the ears of the cat

Step 05 – Draw oval shapes where the pupils will be, ensuring they are proportionally placed within the guidelines set for the eyes

Adding ovals for pupils in the cat's face sketch from a side view - step 05
Drawing the pupils

Step 06 – Outline the upper and lower eyelids to form the shape of the eyes. Then, define the nose’s shape, following the initial guidelines for the muzzle

Outlining eyelids and defining the nose in the side view cat sketch - step 06
Shaping the eyelids and nose

Step 07 – Sketch the mouth and add lines for the whiskers on either side of the nose and above the eyes. Introduce some short lines around the face to suggest fur texture

Sketching the mouth, whiskers, and fur texture for the cat's face from a side view - step 07
Adding mouth and whiskers

Step 08 – Draw the lines that form the upper part of the body, creating the back’s curve and the chest’s front line, to give structure to the cat’s sitting posture

Forming the upper body outline of the cat in a side view - step 08
Outlining the upper body

Step 09 – Begin by outlining the front leg with a light sketch, paying attention to its proportion to the body and its placement, ensuring it appears natural and supports the cat’s sitting posture

Sketch of a cat's front leg in a sitting position, illustrating the initial outlines and structure - step 09
Initial sketch of the cat’s front leg, focusing on proportion and placement

Step 10 – Continue the cat’s form by sketching the curve of the back, extending into the hind leg. Draw the hind leg with a slight bend to convey the relaxed, sitting position, maintaining the overall balance of the figure

Outline of a cat's back and hind leg, indicating the development of the drawing - step 10
Progression of the sitting cat’s form with the back and hind leg outlined

Step 11 – Refine the legs by adding subtle lines to suggest muscle structure. Sketch the remaining front and back legs, ensuring they follow the natural symmetry and muscular tone of a cat’s posture

Detailed sketch of a cat's legs, adding muscle lines for a realistic depiction - step 11
Refining the cat’s front and hind legs with added muscle detail

Step 12 – Draw the tail with a gentle curve to enhance the relaxed pose. Incorporate fur texture with light strokes across the body, and separate the paws into distinct sections to reflect the anatomy of the cat’s feet

Detailed drawing of a cat's tail and fur texture, with paw separation - step 12
Adding a tail and fur texture details to the cat’s sitting figure

Step 13 – Conclude the guide by reviewing the entire figure, making final adjustments to the cat’s face, ensuring the expression is serene and attentive. Your drawing of a sitting cat in a 3/4 left side view should now be complete. If so, let’s move to the next one!

Completed drawing of a sitting cat in 3/4 left side view, showcasing detailed features and a finished face - step 13
Finalized drawing of a sitting cat 3/4 left side view

Guide 9: How to Draw a Sitting Cat – 3/4 Right Side View – 13 Steps

How to Draw a Sitting Cat - 3/4 Right Side View - Easy Drawing Guide
How to Draw a Sitting Cat – 3/4 Right Side View

Our ninth guide invites you to master the art of drawing a sitting cat, this time from a 3/4 right side view. This perspective offers the same angle but from the other side. In 13 well-paced steps, this tutorial maintains a normal level of complexity, making it quite accessible for artists to follow. The realistic portrayal focuses on capturing the cat’s essence without an excessive focus on minute details. Starting with a proportional framework in the initial steps, you will build upon this to flesh out a lifelike and poised cat, comfortably sitting and observing its surroundings.

Step 01 – Begin your drawing by sketching out the fundamental shapes that form the cat’s structure. Start with a circle to define the head. Below it, draw a larger circle for the upper body to capture the bulk of the torso. Finally, create a flowing base shape that will stabilize your cat’s sitting posture

Initial sketch of a sitting cat's basic shapes with a circle for the head, a larger circle for the upper body, and a curved base shape - step 01
Sketching the foundational shapes for the cat’s body

Step 02 – With the basic shapes in place, lightly sketch the facial guidelines to indicate the position of the eyes and muzzle. For the ears, place two triangular shapes at the top of the head circle. Outline the front limbs with simple lines and shapes to represent the paws resting on the body

Adding facial guidelines and limbs to the cat sketch, with indications for eyes, muzzle, ears, and front paws - step 02
Mapping the face and front limbs of the cat

Step 03 – Focus on the head and refine its shape. Draw the first ear by following the triangular guideline, making sure it’s pointing upwards to reflect the cat’s alertness. Then, sketch the curved line that represents the back side of the head, giving it a three-dimensional form

Detailing the cat's head with the first ear and the back curve, indicating how to draw a cat's face from a 3/4 view - step 03
Drawing the ear and back contour of the head

Step 04 – Now, create the outline for the forehead and nose to establish the facial structure. Start from the inner base of the ear, bringing the line down to form the forehead. Then, continue to extend the line outwards, creating a slight curve that will represent the nose bridge

Sketching the cat's forehead and nose outline, providing a base for further facial features - step 04
Outlining the forehead and nose

Step 05 – Draw the lower part of the cat’s face by adding the mouth and the muzzle. Start with a gentle curve for the mouth, using the cross guide for symmetry. Extend this into a small rounded muzzle below the nose, setting the stage for a detailed feline expression

Sketching the cat's mouth and muzzle, finalizing the basic facial features - step 05
Crafting the mouth and muzzle details

Step 06 – Add the second ear, mirroring the first in shape but keeping perspective in mind for a three-quarter view. Then, sketch the outline of the visible eye, using the facial cross as a guide to place it correctly on the face

Outlining the second ear and the eye to develop the cat's facial symmetry - step 06
Completing the ears and eye outline

Step 07 – Shape the ears to a more natural point and add inner lines for depth. Draw the eye, with a pupil and a small vertical space for a highlight to bring life to your cat’s gaze. Sketch whiskers emanating from the muzzle, adding characteristic feline charm

Defining the cat's ears, drawing a detailed eye with pupil and whiskers for a realistic look - step 07
Refining the ears, eye, and adding whiskers

Step 08 – Outline the neck, flowing down to the upper body to create a seamless transition from the head. Draw the cat’s back, curving gently towards the tail. Finally, sketch the tail itself, giving it a relaxed, curved posture behind the body

Outlining the cat's neck, upper body, back, and curving tail for a full body sketch - step 08
Shaping the body and tail

Step 09 – Draw the back leg by adding a curve that starts below the bottom of the body circle and wraps around to the front. This creates the illusion of the leg being folded underneath the body, a common sitting position for cats

Drawing the back leg of the sitting cat, emphasizing its bent position - step 09
Sketching the back leg’s bent shape

Step 10 – For the front leg, sketch a straight line downward from the body, defining the leg’s outer edge. At the bottom, draw the paw, ensuring it appears to support the cat’s weight. Separate the paw from the leg with a slight indentation to suggest the joint

Illustrating the front leg of the cat, detailing the paw and leg separation - step 10
Detailing the front leg and paw

Step 11 – Outline the second front leg, partially obscured by the first, to maintain the perspective. Ensure this leg mirrors the first in its proportions and position, maintaining a symmetrical and balanced posture for the cat

Outlining the second front leg, completing the basic limb structure - step 11
Adding the second front leg

Step 12 – Refine the cat’s form by adding texture and details. Suggest fur patterns with light strokes on the body and head. Define the paws by separating them into sections, adding realism to the sketch

Adding texture and defining shapes to the cat's body, including fur patterns and paw separation - step 12
Refining the cat’s body with texture and details

Step 13 – Conclude your drawing cats for beginners’ journey by finalizing the details. Enhance the fur texture, ensuring it’s consistent with the cat’s natural patterns. With all elements in place, you have a complete illustration of a sitting cat, captured in a dynamic 3/4 right side view, perfect for cat drawing practice exercises

Finalized drawing of a sitting cat in a 3/4 right side view, showcasing detailed fur texture and realistic cat pose drawing tips - step 13
Completed drawing of a sitting cat in a 3/4 view

Guide 10: How to Draw a Walking Cat – 15 Steps

How to Draw a Walking Cat - Easy Step-by-Step Guide
How to Draw a Walking Cat – The Result

Step into the next phase of our drawing journey with the tenth guide: how to draw a walking cat. This tutorial, set in a dynamic 3/4 view, breaks down the movement and grace of a strolling cat into 15 achievable steps. Although the complexity is average, it remains approachable, with each step easy to follow. This realistic representation avoids overwhelming details, allowing you to focus on the rhythm and flow of the cat’s movement. The initial two steps are crucial as they help you sketch a proportional structure that serves as the canvas for your walking cat. Follow along, and you’ll soon have a lifelike cat pacing across your page.

Step 01 – Begin with a circle for the head, adding a vertical line for symmetry and a horizontal line for the eyes to establish the direction of the cat’s gaze. Shape the muzzle with a slight protrusion at the bottom part of the circle. For the body, draw an elongated oval to represent the torso in motion

Sketch of a cat's head and body with basic shapes and guidelines for a walking posture - step 01
Starting with basic shapes for the cat’s head and body

Step 02 – Map out the cat’s eyes, nose, and mouth on the face, ensuring they follow the guidelines for proper alignment. Sketch the ears with simple triangular shapes at the top of the head. Add a flowing line for the tail and basic shapes for the legs to capture the dynamic of a walking cat

Initial mapping of the cat's facial features and limb placements for a walking cat - step 02
Laying out facial features and limbs

Step 03 – Outline the side of the cat’s head, curving the line to form the cheek and jaw, which will later help position the whisker pads. This step begins to add more definition to the cat’s face, contributing to a more realistic depiction

Refining the head shape with side contours and whisker pads for a realistic walking cat sketch - step 03
Defining the head and whisker areas

Step 04 – Draw the chin with a gentle curve beneath the muzzle to complete the lower part of the face. Add the ears by refining the triangular shapes, and connect them with a curved line across the top of the head. These details will enhance the cat’s realistic appearance and walking posture

Completing the head with chin, ears, and top outline for a three-quarter view walking cat - step 04
Finalizing the head with essential details

Step 05 – Draw vertical ovals to form the pupils, ensuring to leave thin vertical blank spaces to represent highlights. This gives the eyes a sense of life and depth, enhancing the realism of your walking cat illustration

Adding pupils to the cat's eyes in a walking cat sketch - step 05
Placing pupils

Step 06 – Refine the eye shapes, contouring around the pupils and adding curvature to the bottom and top to mimic a cat’s unique eye structure. Place a small triangular shape to represent the nose, positioned centrally between the eyes at the lower end of the vertical facial line

Sketching the cat's eye shapes and defining the nose for a walking cat drawing - step 06
Shaping the eyes and defining the nose

Step 07 – From the whisker pads, draw several long, curved lines on each side to create whiskers. Fine-tune the ears’ inner details for a more structured appearance and to give the head its finished form

Detailing the cat's facial features with whiskers and ear refinement in a walking pose - step 07
Adding whiskers and ear details to the face

Step 08 – Connect the head to the body with two curved lines for the neck, suggesting the cat’s forward movement

Outlining the neck and upper body of the cat to illustrate a walking motion - step 08
Drawing the neck and body contours

Step 09 – To depict the walking motion, draw the front paw with care. Start by sketching the leg leading down to the paw, then add the individual toes. Ensure the paw is angled slightly outward to mimic the natural step of a cat in stride

Illustration of the front paw details for a walking cat - step 09
Detailing the front paw

Step 10 – Focus on the leg that’s stepping forward. Illustrate its motion by drawing a smooth line from the body to the paw, indicating the leg’s muscular form. The leg should protrude forward, with the paw pointing towards the ground, ready to take the next step

Sketching the forward-thrusting front leg of the walking cat - step 10
Outlining the forward front leg

Step 11 – Create the backline starting from the neck, arching slightly upwards to represent the cat’s backbone. Then sketch the rear leg that is supporting the cat’s weight, showing the thigh and lower leg bent in a walking position

Drawing the cat's back and the rear leg to show the walking movement - step 11
Sketching the back and first rear leg

Step 12 – For the second back leg, mimic the position of the first but with a slight variation to show the different phases of the walking cycle. Ensure the bottom part of the body is drawn with a gentle curve to indicate the underside and the belly of the cat

Illustrating the second back leg and the lower body of a walking cat - step 12
Adding the second rear leg

Step 13 – For the tail, draw a long, curved line that starts from the back and extends upwards, giving a sense of movement and balance to the walking cat. The tail should be fluid and dynamic, contributing to the overall action of the pose

Drawing the fluid shape of the tail in a walking cat sketch - step 13
Shaping the cat’s tail

Step 14 – Add some light folds to the front of the body to suggest the movement of the cat’s muscles and fur as it walks. This includes a slight indentation where the leg meets the body to indicate the natural contours of the feline form

Adding subtle folds and texture to the cat's front body for a walking illustration - step 14
Refining the front body with details

Step 15 – Your guide on how to draw a walking cat culminates in this final illustration. With attention to proportion, movement, and realistic detailing, the cat’s walking pose is now complete. The drawing captures the essence of a cat in motion, making it an ideal reference for both beginners and those looking to refine their skills in capturing the subtleties of animal movement

Completed illustration of a walking cat, showcasing the dynamic posture and lifelike appearance - step 15
Finalized drawing of a walking cat

Guide 11: How to Draw a Lying Cat – Side View – 14 Steps

How to Draw a Lying Cat - Side View - Easy Step-by-Step Guide
How to Draw a Lying Cat – the Result

Our eleventh guide eases you into depicting the serene posture of a lying cat, viewed from the side. Within this 14-step tutorial, you’ll learn how to draw a lying cat with an average level of complexity, suitable for beginners yet still engaging for those with more drawing experience. We focus on a realistic depiction that simplifies the details to ensure a smooth drawing process. The guide begins by constructing a proportional framework in the first two steps, which is key to achieving the relaxed and natural pose of a resting cat. With each step, you’ll see your cat take shape, capturing the quiet elegance of a cat at rest.

Step 01 – Begin by drawing a circle for the cat’s head, with a vertical line down to show the center and a horizontal line across for eye placement, indicating the direction of the face. Extend the bottom of the circle to suggest the muzzle. Draw an elongated oval-like shape for the body to represent the cat’s relaxed posture

Proportional sketch of a cat's head and body for a lying cat drawing - step 01
Establishing the basic structure for a lying cat

Step 02 – Within the head, mark the positions for the eyes and mouth using the guidelines. Sketch simple shapes where the ears will be at the top of the head, a curve for the tail’s base, and basic outlines for the legs

Adding guidelines for facial features and body parts of a lying cat - step 02
Placing facial and body landmarks

Step 03 – Draw two triangular shapes for the ears, ensuring they are appropriately sized for the head. Connect the ears with a gentle curve to represent the top of the head

Shaping the ears and top of the head for a side-view lying cat illustration - step 03
Outlining the ears and the head’s crown

Step 04 – From the ears, bring down two lines to form the sides of the head, converging slightly to outline the chin

Sketching the sides of the head and defining the chin in a lying cat sketch - step 04
Refining the head’s sides and chin

Step 05 – Draw two ovals for the pupils and leave a small blank space for the highlight to give the eyes a sense of life and dimension

Sketching the pupils and adding highlights within the eyes of a lying cat - step 05
Drawing the cat’s pupils and highlights

Step 06 – Above each pupil, sketch the upper eyelids, giving them a slight curve to indicate the eyelid’s contour and the cat’s peaceful expression

Illustrating the upper eyelids for a realistic cat's eye in a side view - step 06
Defining the upper eyelids

Step 07 – Detail the eyes by refining the shape around the pupils and adding any necessary lines to suggest the eye’s depth. Place a small triangular shape for the nose, aligning it with the guideline

Finalizing the eyes and drawing the nose on a side-view sketch of a lying cat - step 07
Completing the eyes and sketching the nose

Step 08 – Draw the mouth with gentle curves beneath the nose to define the muzzle area. Then, add the inner lines of the ears to create a more detailed and realistic depiction of a cat lying down in a side view

Adding the mouth and detailing the ears of the lying cat drawing - step 08
Outlining the mouth and ear details

Step 09 – Begin by sketching fine lines radiating from the muzzle to represent whiskers, ensuring they vary in length for a natural look. Add short strokes along the cheeks and forehead to suggest a soft fur texture

Sketch showing the addition of whiskers and fur texture to the head of a cat in a lying side view pose - step 09
Adding whiskers and fur texture to the cat’s head

Step 10 – Trace a smooth, continuous line along the back and neck, following the initial guide. This defines the upper contour of the cat’s body, giving structure to the lying pose

Illustration highlighting the refined outline of a cat's back and neck in a lying side view pose - step 10
Refining the back and neck outline of the cat

Step 11 – Draw the tail starting from the base, extending it with a gentle curve. Keep the tail’s width consistent for a realistic depiction

Drawing detailing the tail's addition to a cat's side view pose - step 11
Sketching the cat’s tail

Step 12 – Outline the front leg, starting from the shoulder down to the paw. Sketch the paw’s structure with distinct toe pads and ensure the leg’s proportions are accurate to the rest of the body

Drawing of a cat's front leg and paw, adding detail to a lying side view pose - step 12
Detailing the front leg and paw

Step 13 – Focus on the hindquarters, drawing the rear leg bent at the joint and tucked under the body. Add the far leg by hinting at its presence with a subtle outline behind the front leg

Sketch depicting the addition of the hind legs and the lower body of a cat in a lying side view pose - step 13
Sketching the hind legs and lower body

Step 14 – With all elements in place, review your drawing for any needed refinements. Smooth out the lines, adjust proportions if necessary, and erase any remaining guide marks. Your depiction should capture the serene repose of a cat, showing a balance between relaxed form and alertness in the facial expression. This completed illustration demonstrates the key aspects of how to draw a lying cat in a side view, offering an exemplary guide for beginners seeking to master the art of feline sketching

Finalized drawing of a cat lying on its side, showcasing a relaxed pose with attention to detail in the feline form - step 14
Final drawing of a lying cat in side view

Guide 12: How to Draw a Cat in a Jump – 13 Steps

How to Draw a Cat in a Jump - Easy Step-by-Step Guide
How to Draw a Cat in a Jump – the Result

Leap into drawing motion with our twelfth guide on how to draw a cat in a jump. This exciting tutorial consists of 13 steps, tailored to convey the average complexity of capturing a cat in mid-air. Suitable for beginners yet intriguing for more practiced artists, this guide keeps the difficulty balanced and the drawing process straightforward. The depiction is realistic, yet not overburdened with details, making it approachable for all skill levels. Beginning with the fundamental two steps to establish a proportional structure, you’ll have a solid basis to animate your cat with the energy and grace of a natural jumper.

Step 01 – Start by drawing two circles: one for the head with a horizontal line across for eye placement and a basic outline for the muzzle, and another for the lower body. Connect these circles with gently curved lines to establish the fluid shape of the cat’s body in motion

Initial sketch of a cat's head and body structure for drawing a cat in a jump - step 01
Sketching the basic structure for a jumping cat

Step 02 – Place the ears with simple triangular shapes atop the head. Sketch the tail and legs using basic lines and shapes to represent the directional flow and action of the jump, ensuring the limbs suggest forward momentum

Outline of a cat's ears, tail, and legs added to the foundational sketch for a cat in a jump - step 02
Adding ears, tail, and leg shapes to the jump pose

Step 03 – Refine the front of the head, drawing the nose and extending the lines to form the muzzle, making sure these features align with the horizontal guideline across the head for accurate positioning

Sketch detailing the front part of a cat's head and nose for an illustration of a cat in a jump - step 03
Detailing the head and nose of the jumping cat

Step 04 – Define the ears by refining the triangular shapes, adding depth and curvature

Drawing the ears on a cat's head for a step-by-step guide on how to draw a cat in a jump - step 04
Sketching the ears on the jumping cat

Step 05 – For the eye, sketch a gentle curve for the upper eyelid. Just below the head, draw the initial line for the upper part of the nearest front leg

Illustration of a cat in mid-jump with the eye outline and the upper leg line sketched in - step 05
Outlining the eye and upper front leg

Step 06 – Define the pupil within the eye, ensuring it reflects the cat’s focus and direction. Complete the nose and mouth details, and outline the whisker pads to provide the base for whiskers

Detailed sketch of a cat's face with a focused pupil, completed nose, mouth, and whisker pads - step 06
Detailing the face with pupil, nose, and mouth

Step 07 – From the whisker pads, draw several fine lines to create the whiskers, varying in length. Add short strokes around the head to represent the fur texture, giving life to the cat’s expression

Sketch adding whiskers and fur details to the head of a cat capturing the dynamic of a jump - step 07
Adding whiskers and fur texture to the head

Step 08 – Connect the head to the body with a line to form the neck, suggesting muscular tension. Extend the line from step 5 to develop the lower part of the front leg, indicating the limb’s extension during the jump

Drawing the neck and fleshing out the front leg of a cat in an energetic leap - step 08
Sketching the neck and lower front leg

Step 09 – Detail the paw by dividing it into sections to represent the toes, ensuring it captures the spread seen in a cat’s leap. Then, draw a continuous line from the neck down the body, curving gracefully to outline the thigh of the nearest hind leg

Sketch of a cat in mid-jump, detailing the paw and the fluid line of the body extending to the hind leg - step 09
Drawing the paw and defining the body to the hind leg

Step 10 – On the opposite side of the body, illustrate the second front leg extended forward, mimicking the action of the first. Draw the paw with defined toes, ready to land

Sketch showing the addition of the second front leg and its paw in a dynamic jumping cat illustration - step 10
Sketching the second front leg and paw

Step 11 – Refine the first rear leg, adding contours to represent the muscular structure and joints. Ensure the paw is positioned to show the natural extension of the leg in the jump

Detailed drawing of the first rear leg completed in a cat's jumping pose - step 11
Finalizing the first rear leg

Step 12 – Sketch the tail with a fluid motion to enhance the feeling of movement. Outline the second rear leg, ensuring it complements the angle and form of the first, to maintain the balance of the jump

Illustration of a cat in a jump, adding the tail and the second rear leg for dynamic effect - step 12
Adding the tail and second rear leg

Step 13 – With all elements in place, finalize your drawing by smoothing out the lines and ensuring the anatomy is coherent. Your finished sketch should convey the energy and grace of a cat in mid-jump, serving as a comprehensive example for those learning how to draw a cat in a jump. Review the proportions and adjust as needed to capture the feline’s athletic form in this dynamic pose and gently erase the basic sketch

Completed sketch of a cat in a jump, capturing the essence of movement and feline agility - step 13
Completed illustration of a cat in a jump

Guide 13: How to Draw a Playing Cat – 13 Steps

How to Draw a Playing Cat - Easy Step-by-Step Guide
How to Draw a Cat Playing with a Ball – the Result

Engage in the delightful scene of sketching with our thirteenth guide: how to draw a playing cat. This dynamic pose is broken down into 13 steps, offering a slightly higher complexity that remains friendly for beginners and a breeze for those with some drawing experience. The guide captures the playful spirit of a cat interacting with a ball, rendered in a realistic shape yet simplified to focus on the essence of the movement. In the first two steps, you’ll create the proportional structure that’s crucial for a lively representation. While I use only bold lines for clarity and technical detail, feel free to enhance your artwork with additional shading and texture to the cat and the ball for a more lifelike finish.

Step 01 – Draw a circle for the head, marked with a vertical and a horizontal line to guide facial feature placement. Sketch a pointed oval shape for the body to suggest the cat’s playful posture

Basic shapes for a cat's head and body for starting a sketch of a cat playing with a ball - step 01
Starting with the head and body shapes for a playing cat

Step 02 – Outline basic shapes for the nose, muzzle, and ears on the head, add lines where the eyes will be drawn. Add elongated shapes for the legs, a curved line for the tail, and a circle to represent the ball, establishing the playful interaction

Drawing the foundational shapes for a cat's facial features, ears, limbs, and a ball - step 02
Adding basic shapes for facial features and limbs, and a ball

Step 03 – Create ovals filled in black for the pupils, leaving small blank spaces for highlights to convey liveliness. Draw a line from the pupil towards the nose to define the facial structure

Sketch of a cat with ovals for pupils and a line defining the bridge of the nose - step 03
Drawing the pupils and nose bridge for a playful cat

Step 04 – Carefully outline the eyes, ensuring they are symmetrical and expressive. Sketch the nose’s shape, keeping it simple and in proportion to the head

Detailed sketch of a cat's eyes and nose for a drawing of a playing cat - step 04
Outlining the eyes and nose for a playful cat

Step 05 – Define the curve of the forehead between the ears. Add curved shapes on the muzzle to indicate the whisker pads, the starting point for future whisker details

Sketch of a cat playing with a ball, adding details to the forehead and whisker pads - step 05
Detailing the forehead and whisker pads on the playful cat

Step 06 – Sketch the chin and complete the lower outline of the head for a rounded, natural shape. Refine the ears with inner lines to suggest depth and alertness

Illustration of a playful cat with added chin, bottom of the head, and ears - step 06
Drawing the chin, head’s bottom, and ears for the playful cat

Step 07 – From the whisker pads, extend lines outwards to form whiskers of varying lengths. Add details inside the ears and small strokes around the head for a furry texture

Drawing of a playful cat with whiskers, ear details, and fur texture added - step 07
Adding whiskers and fur details

Step 08 – Draw the backline with short strokes to suggest fur, curving it down to the tail’s base. For the front leg, use similar short strokes to create a furry appearance, defining the leg’s form and the paw reaching out to touch the ball

Cat playing with a ball, with the back and front leg sketched with short strokes to mimic fur - step 08
Sketching the back and front leg with a fur-like texture

Step 09 – Extend the line from the front leg to create the underside of the cat’s body, curving it upwards to indicate the start of the hind leg, bent in anticipation of playful movement

Drawing the underside of a cat's body and the start of the first hind leg - step 09
Sketching the underside and beginning the first hind leg

Step 10 – Detail the first hind leg’s shape, showing the leg’s segments and paw. Begin sketching the second front leg, raised and poised to interact with the ball

Illustration of a cat playing, finishing the rear leg and adding the second front leg - step 10
Finalizing the first hind leg and sketching the second front leg

Step 11 – Smooth out the body’s outline for a rounded appearance and finalize the second hind leg, ensuring it mirrors the position and form of the first for a balanced look

Detailed sketch of a playful cat with the body and second hind leg completed - step 11
Completing the body shape and second hind leg

Step 12 – Draw the tail with an expressive curve for added dynamic. Sketch the ball with light shading to create depth, and add minimal lines to the body for definition

Adding the tail, body lines, and the ball with simple shading to the playful cat sketch - step 12
Adding the final details with tail, ball, and shading

Step 13 – With all details in place, remove any remaining guidelines and, if desired, ink the sketch for a polished look. This final image serves as a complete guide for those seeking to learn how to draw a cat playing with a ball, capturing the playful spirit and dynamic posture of a feline engaged in play

Completed drawing of a cat playing with a ball, with all guidelines removed - step 13
Finished sketch of a cat playing with a ball

Guide 14: How to Draw a Cat Stretching – 11 Steps

How to Draw a Cat Stretching
How to Draw a Cat Stretching

Embrace the elegance of feline flexibility with our fourteenth guide on how to draw a cat stretching. This relaxed yet dynamic pose is broken into 11 simple steps, ensuring an enjoyable drawing process for artists of all levels. The realistic form of the cat is depicted without an overwhelming amount of detail, allowing you to focus on capturing the movement and grace of the stretch. Starting with the basic proportional structure, you’ll create the foundation for your cat’s elongated body and limbs. While my instructions use only bold lines to emphasize the technical aspects, you’re encouraged to add your personal touch with shading and texture to bring your cat to life.

Step 01 – Start with a small circle for the head, then a larger circle below for the chest and a medium-sized one for the hindquarters. Position the hindquarters’ circle halfway above the head’s level. Connect these with smooth, curved lines to outline the body’s form

Initial circles and lines forming the basic structure for a stretching cat drawing in side view - step 01
Creating the foundational structure for a stretching cat

Step 02 – Outline the eye and muzzle placement on the head circle. Sketch simplified forms for the legs and paws, capturing the stretching posture. Add a curved line to represent the tail’s flow

Sketch of a cat in side view with basic shapes for the head, body, legs, paws, and tail - step 02
Adding basic shapes for the cat’s features and limbs

Step 03 – Define the forehead by sketching a line that extends from the top of the head circle, curving down to indicate the nose’s bridge. Ensure this line follows the natural curvature of a feline’s head in profile

Drawing of a cat's head in profile with the forehead and nose outlined - step 03
Outlining the cat’s forehead and nose

Step 04 – Draw the ears starting from the top of the head circle, tapering to pointed tips. For the chin, extend a line from the lower part of the head circle to form the bottom contour of the cat’s head, completing its profile

Illustration of a cat in side view showing the refined outlines for the ears and the chin - step 04
Detailing the ears and chin of the cat

Step 05 – Refine the ears with additional lines to indicate inner ear details. Position the eye correctly within the guidelines on the head, giving it a slightly almond shape

Enhanced sketch of a stretching cat showing detailed ears and the eye in a side view - step 05
Detailing the cat’s ears and eye

Step 06 – Sketch thin, delicate whiskers protruding from the muzzle. For the ears, add fur texture using short lines to represent the fine hairs within the cat’s inner ear

A cat sketch in side view with whiskers and fur texture added around the ears - step 06
Adding whiskers and ear fur to the cat

Step 07 – Depict the first front leg with the paw slightly lifted off the ground. Use short, quick strokes instead of smooth lines to mimic the fur texture, giving life to the leg’s appearance

Drawing of a stretching cat's first front leg with a raised paw, using short lines for fur texture - step 07
Sketching the raised front leg with fur texture

Step 08 – Outline the back and belly of the cat with short flowing lines to show the stretching motion. For the upper part of the rear leg, indicate its form with lines that suggest the muscle structure and fur texture

Side view sketch of a stretching cat's torso, back, belly, and the upper part of the rear leg - step 08
Outlining the cat’s torso and rear leg

Step 09 – Draw the rear leg, ensuring it has a slight bend to indicate the cat’s stretching action. Use short lines near the paws to suggest fur texture and remember to define the paw pads

Detailed sketch of the first rear leg of a cat in a stretching pose - step 09
Finishing the first rear leg

Step 10 – Sketch the second rear leg, mirroring the first’s position. Add the tail with a smooth, curved shape. Place the second front leg forward and add horizontal lines to represent the ground, providing context for the stretch

A sketch of a stretching cat showing the second rear leg, tail, and ground lines - step 10
Adding the remaining legs and tail

Step 11 – With the cat’s form fully sketched, remove all the guideline marks. If you wish to finalize the drawing, go over the lines with ink to make them crisp and clean. This results in a clean, finished stretching cat drawing, ready to be showcased or further embellished with shading or color

Completed inked drawing of a cat stretching, free of guide lines - step 11
Finalized stretching cat drawing

Guide 15: How to Draw a Cat Lying on Its Back – 10 Steps

How to Draw a Cat Lying on Its Back - Easy Step-by-Step Guide
How to Draw a Cat Lying on Its Back – The Result

Get ready to capture the adorable posture of a cat lounging in leisure with our fifteenth guide: how to draw a cat lying on its back. This pose, presented in 10 easy steps, is perfect for all drawing enthusiasts looking for a fun and simple project. The style strikes a charming balance between semi-realistic and cartoonish, avoiding intricate details to keep the drawing process straightforward. Starting with the first two steps, you’ll create a proportional base for your cat’s playful form. Throughout this guide, I’ll use bold lines to outline the major features, which allows you to focus on the general shape without getting lost in the complexity. You’re encouraged to enhance your drawing with personalized shading and texture to give your cat its own unique character.

Step 01 – Begin by drawing an oval shape to represent the cat’s body. For the head, sketch another oval-like shape and add a cross through it to indicate the direction of the face and the angle at which it’s tilted

Sketch of a cat lying on its back with an oval shape for the body and head with guide lines - step 01
Starting the structure for a cat lying on its back

Step 02 – Add triangular shapes for the ears and simple lines for the eyes, nose, and mouth. Sketch the limbs’ placement with oval shapes for the front leg paws, and a curved line for the tail

Basic outline of a cat's features including ears, eyes, nose, mouth, limbs, and tail - step 02
Placing the cat’s key features

Step 03 – Draw the contours of the head, refining the top and sides, ensuring they align with the guide lines. Use short lines to mimic the fur texture

Detailed sketch showing the top and sides of a cat's head while lying on its back - step 03
Defining the head’s top and sides

Step 04 – Fill in the pupils with black, leaving small blank dots for highlights to give life to the gaze. Outline the eyes for definition. Draw the ears using short lines to suggest fur texture

Sketch of a cat with eyes and ears outlined, showing a playful and relaxed pose - step 04
Detailing the cat’s eyes and ears

Step 05 – Draw the nose and mouth with gentle curves to capture the cat’s relaxed expression. Sketch a series of whiskers fanning out from the muzzle and add fluffier lines inside the ears for texture

Sketch of a cat's facial features including nose, mouth, whiskers, and inner ear details - step 05
Adding facial features and ear details

Step 06 – Illustrate the first front leg bent at a gentle angle, using short lines to simulate the fur. Shape the paw distinctly, giving it a relaxed, slightly curled posture

Drawing of the first front leg of a cat lying on its back with fur texture - step 06
Sketching the first front leg

Step 07 – Draw the cat’s back arching slightly with the belly protruding to emphasize the cat’s position lying on its back. Use smooth, rounded lines to maintain a soft and organic feel

Outline of a cat's back and belly as it lies on its back, showing a playful pose. FIGCAPTION: Defining the back and belly - step 07
Defining the back and belly

Step 08 – Detail the first rear leg, showing it bent and resting against the body. Use short strokes to give the impression of fur, especially around the thigh and paw areas

Sketch highlighting the first rear leg of a cat lying on its back with fur details - step 08
Drawing the first rear leg

Step 09 – Draw the remaining paws, capturing the playful nature of the cat’s pose with the legs in the air. Include the tail, ensuring it has a natural curve as it lies relaxed on the ground

Detailed sketch of a cat lying on its back with all paws and tail added - step 09
Sketching the remaining legs and tail

Step 10 – Review your drawing, removing any remaining construction lines to reveal the cat’s figure. This completes the step-by-step guide on how to draw a cat lying on its back, creating a playful and endearing image that’s both semi-realistic and stylized for ease of drawing

Complete drawing of a cat lying on its back without the initial guidelines, showing a relaxed and playful posture - step 10
Final drawing of a cat lying on its back

Bonus Drawing Guides for Kids

As a special addition to our comprehensive drawing series, I included four bonus guides that are perfect for practicing basic sketching techniques or for enjoying a drawing session with children. These tutorials, designed with simplicity, are ideal for young artists and beginners alike. Each guide offers a unique and delightful style, from the whimsical to the whimsy, providing a fun and easy way to engage with art and creativity.

Whether you’re teaching the basics of drawing to kids or just looking for a light-hearted artistic activity, these guides offer a stress-free approach to drawing. With easy-to-follow steps, they are tailored to help you and the little ones create adorable cat drawings with a touch of personal flair. Let’s explore these playful illustrations that are sure to bring smiles and spark imagination.

Guide 16: Chubby Cheeks Cat

Chubby Cheeks Cat Easy Drawing - the Result

This guide brings to life a charming cat with plump cheeks and wide, innocent eyes. It’s a fantastic starting point for learning how to draw facial features with simple shapes.

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Chubby Cheeks Cat Easy Drawing - step 07

Guide 17: Kawaii Cat

How to draw a Kawaii Cat - the Result

Embrace the cuteness of Japanese-inspired art with this kawaii cat drawing. Its exaggerated expressions and body proportions are sure to capture the hearts of children and adults alike.

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Guide 18: Pudgy Paws Cat

Pudgy Paws Cat Easy Drawing - the Result

Learn to draw a cat that’s all curves and cuddles. This pudgy-pawed friend is sitting up and ready for a gentle pat, with each stroke of the pencil bringing its soft form to life.

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Pudgy Paws Cat Easy Drawing - step 02

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Pudgy Paws Cat Easy Drawing - step 03

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Pudgy Paws Cat Easy Drawing - step 05

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Pudgy Paws Cat Easy Drawing - step 07

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Pudgy Paws Cat Easy Drawing - step 08

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Pudgy Paws Cat Easy Drawing - step 11

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Pudgy Paws Cat Easy Drawing - step 12

Guide 19: Anime Cat

How to draw an anime cat - the result

Dive into the world of anime with this stylized cat. Its large eyes and sleek lines are characteristic of the genre, making it an enjoyable draw for aspiring young anime artists.

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How to draw an anime cat - step 01

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How to draw an anime cat - step 02

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Conclusion: Your Journey to Mastering Cat Sketches

With the comprehensive array of guides provided, you’re now equipped to sketch cats in almost any pose and style, making this tutorial perfect for amateurs and drawing enthusiasts alike. We’ve traversed through simple outlines to more dynamic and playful depictions, each designed to build your confidence and skill in drawing our feline friends.

If these guides have sparked your interest and you find yourself craving a deeper dive into the feline form, with a focus on anatomy and more intricate details, let me know. Your interest and requests could lead to the creation of an advanced tutorial tailored to those looking to refine their technique even further.

In the meantime, don’t forget to explore my other cat drawing tutorials, which feature different breeds like Siamese, Maine Coon, and British Shorthair etc. While simpler, they are equally fascinating and a joy to draw. This guide was a massive undertaking, and I would greatly appreciate your support. Please follow and share if you’ve found it helpful!

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Thank you for joining me on this artistic journey. Whether you’re scribbling a quick sketch or carefully crafting a detailed portrait, remember that each stroke brings you closer to mastering the art of cat drawing. Keep creating, keep sharing, and above all, keep enjoying the process of bringing your artistic visions to life. Until next time, happy drawing!

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