How To Draw A Cat
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How To Draw A Cat: The Step By Step Guide You Need To Create A Realistic Cat Drawing

Greetings, feline lovers! So you want to draw a cat, huh? Luckily for you, I’m a professional illustrator and I’ve outlined this step by step guide to creating a perfect cat drawing. So the next time the urge to draw a realistic cat strikes, just follow this process.

1. First step: Draw a circle. This will later become your cat’s head.

How To Draw A Cat
How To Draw A Cat

2. To help with face placement, draw a grid on the circle.

How To Draw A Cat
How To Draw A Cat

3. Your eyeballs should rest on the horizontal plane (equally separated by the vertical grid line).

How To Draw A Cat
How To Draw A Cat

4. Next, draw your nose! On cats this is more of a triangle—or if you’re a musician, a guitar pick.

How To Draw A Cat
How To Draw A Cat

5. Draw two circles on either side of your nose. This will later become your cat’s mouth/snout. Think Wilford Brimley.

How To Draw A Cat
How To Draw A Cat

6. Let’s form the bottom of that mouth. Draw a small curve underneath your snout.

How To Draw A Cat
How To Draw A Cat

7. Next up, get those ears on your kitty.

How To Draw A Cat
How To Draw A Cat

8. Now, we work on that thicc fur body. Start off with a neck circle. I have chosen a British Shorthair as my breed so there will be a lot more circles ahead. Hey, did you know that they’re one of the most ancient cat breeds that we know of? Interesting stuff!

How To Draw A Cat
How To Draw A Cat

9. Next, let’s get that big chest circle in there.

How To Draw A Cat
How To Draw A Cat

10. After that, let’s draw that nice lil’ feline booty. Kind of looks like a snowman, right? That’s a good way to think about it!

How To Draw A Cat
How To Draw A Cat

11. Are you familiar with action figures? You know how some of them have balls where their “joints” are to help with their limb movability? This is exactly what we’re doing with this cat. Draw two circles where the front legs start (about halfway down their chest).

How To Draw A Cat
How To Draw A Cat

12. Now draw a couple thigh “balls” for their hind legs.

How To Draw A Cat
How To Draw A Cat

13. I’m drawing yet another hind leg “ball.” My cat is sitting down.

How To Draw A Cat
How To Draw A Cat

14. Time for those paws! Draw four circles where you think they should be.

How To Draw A Cat
How To Draw A Cat

15. It’s complete circle madness on these footsies! A cat’s gotta have toes, right?

How To Draw A Cat
How To Draw A Cat

16. Draw a skeleton line for your tail.

How To Draw A Cat
How To Draw A Cat

17. Oh this part’s fun! Connect all those dots and outline your cat.

How To Draw A Cat
How To Draw A Cat

18. Now it’s time to draw on your precious cat’s face. It’s all about the curves.

How To Draw A Cat
How To Draw A Cat

19. Whiskers!

How To Draw A Cat
How To Draw A Cat

20. Ok, let’s clean up those “skeleton balls.” Hey, this is actually looking like a cat now! For a second there, I was a little nervous.

How To Draw A Cat
How To Draw A Cat

21. Completely optional, but I like to add in some texture by drawing in some fur lines everywhere. Just wherever the heck you want.

How To Draw A Cat
How To Draw A Cat

22. Some more clean up and now we’re cooking.

How To Draw A Cat
How To Draw A Cat

23. The final step is upon us…Coloring it in!!!

How To Draw A Cat
How To Draw A Cat

Aw I love my little weirdo.