how to draw a simple cat

Ready to learn how to draw a cat?

Lets begin!

I used this cat picture I took in the summer of 2010 while visiting Italy as a model:

how to draw a simple cat

I resized the image to showcase his face up close. I love the way hes staring straight into the camera!.

how to draw a simple cat

Next, I drew a line in the center of the image that was both horizontal and vertical to divide it into a basic grid:

how to draw a simple cat

On my paper, I drew a similar grid:

how to draw a simple cat

In order to create the grid, I first drew a 7-inch-by-7-inch rectangle on my paper. 75 inches tall. I cut those dimensions in half to create the grid’s interior lines. Therefore, the vertical middle line was 3. 5 inches in, and 3 7/8 inches in was the horizontal middle line.

I now drew the cat’s face on my paper using the grid as a guide. Using a grid method instead of just eyeballing it facilitates more accurate drawing. In order to learn how to draw a cat, you can use a grid to help you. First, you can compare the location of the cat’s features on the photo to the lines on the grid, and then you can draw the same features on your paper.

how to draw a simple cat

For example, take a look at the cat’s picture and note where his ears are. They are visible in the picture’s corners, just not quite touching the grid’s edge. So your job is to replicate that on your paper. Next, note how his chin is positioned in the center of the vertical line in the picture, close to the bottom edge, and sketch that on your paper. Draw lightly, so that you can erase any mistakes. (But above all, don’t be afraid to make errors because nobody ever does something perfectly the first time.) Thats what erasers are for!).

Draw the outline of the cat’s head, eyes, ears, nose, and mouth using the same techniques. As I’ve done below, you can also use outlines to represent the various color patches on the cat’s fur:

how to draw a simple cat

Now for the fun part: you can now color the cat anyway you like, using any patterns, colors, and designs you like! I’ll show you how I drew mine, but feel free to follow your own artistic whim and create a drawing of your own cat that is totally original.

I started by using violet to outline the cat’s head and main features:

how to draw a simple cat

Then I did something interesting. I covered the drawing with a blank sheet of paper and then used a ballpoint pen to draw whiskers in the following manner on the blank cover sheet:

how to draw a simple cat

“Now why did she do that?” you may be asking. Let me share with you a cool colored pencil technique:

The lines you drew with the ball point pen on the cover sheet will now be indented on your drawing paper when you remove it. The indented lines will remain (mostly) white when you draw over them with colored pencils!

how to draw a simple cat

There will be some purple in the whiskers because I drew the indentations over the purple outline. Why did I do that?.

In order to draw the whiskers correctly, I had to draw the purple outline first so that I could see it through the other piece of paper I put on top of it. Therefore, the area of the whiskers that crosses the purple outline won’t be white, but that’s okay in theory.

Next I colored in his eyes. I drew a sort of striped pattern with multiple colors, but you can color your cat’s eyes any way you like! You can draw hearts or polka dots, or you can make them a single color or a combination of colors!

how to draw a simple cat

Then I started working on the cats ears:

how to draw a simple cat

Once more, feel free to sketch any pattern you like! I completed the cat’s ears:

how to draw a simple cat

Then I moved on to his fur. I selected the darkest patches of fur from the cat photo and used those areas to create red, polka-dot areas in my own drawing:

how to draw a simple cat

Subsequently, I sketched multiple orange circles inside circles, resembling a target shape, positioned between multiple red areas:

how to draw a simple cat

Then I drew yellow circles around the orange circles:

how to draw a simple cat

The remaining blank spaces at the top of the cat’s head needed to be filled in next. I decided to use a lighter blue to fill in those areas and a darker blue to add a few short “fur” lines.

how to draw a simple cat

I then added some darker green fur lines and green and yellow hues to the central region of the cat’s face. In order to help the cats’ fur have more texture, I also went back and added some dark blue fur lines into the red spots.

how to draw a simple cat

I then completed the cat by using gentle pinks, lavenders, and blues to color the lower portion of his face.

Do you recall the whisker indentations I drew earlier? As you can see, I colored over those indentations, but they remained white:

how to draw a simple cat

Additionally, you can see that I highlighted the whiskers by drawing light blue lines beneath the indentations to make them stand out more. You can see what I mean by comparing the highlighted whiskers in the picture below with the blank whiskers:

how to draw a simple cat

3: Fill in the Cat’s Legs

For the next step, add the legs of your cat. For the cat to appear upright, its front legs on both sides should be positioned below the head. Add the back leg on each side below the front legs. Claws and cat paws at the end of each hind leg can be added for more detail.

4: Add the Cat Body and Tail

Next, sketch the body and tail outline of the cat. The cat’s body should have an approximate oval shape and be somewhat bigger than its head. You can have the cat tail hanging down or curled up.

You can also add some fur to the body and tail by drawing short, curved lines if you want your cat to look more realistic. The fur can be made as dense or sparse as desired.

Consider drawing your cat holding something, anything you’d like, like a heart or boba tea, to give it some personality and character!

Of course, many also like to add flowers or other patterns to their cats’ fur, but you can also go above and beyond with extra embellishments like bows, glasses, or other accessories to make your cat truly unique!