Drawing of A Cat With The Moon And The Stars As A Backdrop.

A drawing of a cat named Irina was created with colored pencils.
A drawing of a cat named Irina was created with colored pencils. | Source

Are you a cat lover? People are often willing to commission an artist to paint their cat, but that term always sounded pretentious to me, unless you just happen be hiring Michelangelo to paint the Sistine chapel. Drawing can be fun, and have you ever considered trying to create a portrait yourself? Why not pick up a book on how to draw animals and give it a try? I enjoy drawing pictures of my pets, from the past and present, which makes me feel they will always be with me in spirit. Dog and cat owners will often enjoy looking at pet art created by other people, but it truly is not that difficult to create your own and more meaningful work of art.

Drawing a picture of your cat can be a bonding experience between you and your pet because it allows you to observe certain details you may not have noticed before. For instance, the sunlight may make the fur of your cat glisten in the late afternoon, or your feline my have coppery colored eyes, and these are all new discovers to make while drawing. Perhaps only ailurophiles will only ever understand this, but creating art expressing adoration for that special cat your life is a very powerful and personal thing. Cats give us unconditional love and affection, even thought some can be moody and a bit stubborn like my cat Irina. No wonder old ladies love their cats, and boo to those who make misogynistic comments about that!

When drawing a picture of a cat consider the background that you would like to create for your illustration. In the cat drawing featured here a starry night with the moon is the backdrop for Irina the cat because she is truly a nocturnal creature as many cats are. The materials used for this project consisted of:

  • a reference photograph
  • drawing paper
  • drawing pencils
  • colored pencils
  • erasers
  • cat drawing book (optional)

I used a mixture of Prismacolor pencils and Crayola colored pencils, but I must admit I enjoyed the artistic quality of the former. When my current colored pencils run out I plan on buying a large set of Prismacolor pencils because these have rich hues that just make illustrations pop off the page.

Start by sketching out the form of the cat.
Start by sketching out the form of the cat. | Source

The first step in drawing a picture of a cat is to begin by getting the outline of the cat's body the way you want it to look. This might take a little bit of effort, but spending a significant amount of time on the outline drawing is crucial to giving the composition the look and feel you want it to achieve. Some people prefer a few short and quick sketches, but sometimes it is just more rewarding use a nice sheet of drawing paper and start drawing until you get things precisely the way you would like the composition to look.

The details were added to the cat's face to give him a bit of attitude.
The details were added to the cat's face to give him a bit of attitude. | Source

In the photograph above I had sketched in the details of the cat's face with the eyes, nose, mouth,and ears. I have endeavored to create soft fur on the cat with a stroking sketch technique.

Sketching on more of the cat's fur.
Sketching on more of the cat's fur. | Source

I continued to fill in Irina's fur with the pencil using the stroking technique

Behind Irina a moon was added to the sky.
Behind Irina a moon was added to the sky. | Source

Behind Irina I drew a moon in the sky since I decided to have her sitting next to the window in this composition.

I colored in the stars and the violet-blue sky behind Irina the cat.
I colored in the stars and the violet-blue sky behind Irina the cat. | Source

Once the moon was drawn and colored in, I then decided to create stars in the night sky with a bronze colored pencil. A blue-violet colored pencil was used to fill in the sky around the stars, and to create a slightly more romantic effect than simply creating a black expanse.

I used a red colored pencil to shade in the counter the cat was perched on.
I used a red colored pencil to shade in the counter the cat was perched on. | Source

A red colored pencil was used to color in the counter where Irina cat sits next to to the window. The cherry hued counter makes a nice contrast to the violet-blue night sky.

Here I am continuing to shade in the counter where Irina is sitting.
Here I am continuing to shade in the counter where Irina is sitting. | Source

I pressed down on the colored pencil to create a deep shade of red for the counter where Irina was lounging.

Frame drawing of Irina the cat.
Frame drawing of Irina the cat. | Source

After I finished coloring in the drawing of Irina the cat, I framed it and hung it on the wall. Finishing an art project makes you excited for the next one, so I highly recommend trying to draw a picture of your own cat.

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

A great tutorial. I wish I could draw something other than stick figures. :) I would test your patience as a teacher for sure. LOL


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SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

You must like to test people's patience, Bill lol. Thanks for the nice comments.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Drawing a picture of a cat with the moon and the stars as a backdrop an an amazing picture and you did this so well. A very creative mind you have. Very interesting and a most helpful tutorial


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SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I always appreciate your nice comments DDE. Thanks for stopping by!


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prettydarkhorse 10 months ago from US

Step by step is encouraging people to try to draw, thank you.


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SweetiePie 10 months ago from Southern California, USA Author

I love to draw, even though it takes awhile, but it is a topic worth sharing. My sister and I were just saying the other day how crafts and drawing can be so much fun for kids, and a wonderful way to create Christmas presents for family and friends.


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prettydarkhorse 10 months ago from US

That is true. Here, I let the two girls just draw and color in the TV room, then I just clean afterwards.


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SweetiePie 10 months ago from Southern California, USA Author

I am sure they enjoy making pictures for their mom :).


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prettydarkhorse 10 months ago from US

Yup, their center of the world is "me" at the moment.


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SweetiePie 10 months ago from Southern California, USA Author

Close relationships now will last a lifetime. I think I am a little closer to my mom in some ways because she could stay at home with me when I was little. She started working when I was old enough to watch my sisters, and they never seemed as interested in calling our mom every day. I call my mom every day still.

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