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How to Draw Cartoon Cat

Updated on August 30, 2013

It's Easy to Learn to Draw a Cartoon Cat by Following Along with this Drawing Tutorial

I have been a professional artist since I took my first paying project back in junior high school - it has been almost 40 years and I still make my living as an artist to this day. The reason i tell you this is because I was not any more talented than anyone else. I liked to draw and create so I taught myself how to do it - and you can do it, too!

Let me first tell you about my experience with drawing cats. A few weeks back, I was approached by a writer of children's books who was looking for a new illustrator. The job didn't pay much and looked like a lot of work but I especially liked this author and the project seemed worthy of my time.

At first, the author had her own ideas and did not want to vary at all form her ideas of how this cat should look. She was determined to fight me all the way, or so it seemed. After I showed her some of the first initial sketches of my idea of this cat, she changed her tune rather quickly.

I explained to her that I has a lot of previous experience with drawing for children's books and I knew what was likely to work and what would not. I had learned through experience and

So, as you and I proceed together with this drawing tutorial, keep in mind that I was once just a person with no level of talent and taught myself to draw. The only thing I had was a desire to create and that desire is a part of every human being - even you!

So, if you're up for the challenge, grab a pencil and something to draw on and let's get started...


Step 1: Begin by Drawing the Basic Shapes

Now, if you have done any of my other many drawing tutorial Hubs, you know that where I always begin is with the basic shapes.

Basic shapes are the foundation or skeleton for the rest of your drawing. So getting these first few basic shapes is important.

Let's start by drawing one large oval shape, draw a circle on top of that and then draw two more smaller oval shapes overlapping the bottom side of the large oval shape.

You can see in my drawing over to the right how these shapes should appear and in what sizes they should be drawn.

This is the easiest of all the steps in your drawing.


Step 2: Add the Front Legs

OK, so on this next step you're going to add the front legs.

In order to draw these front legs, simply make four vertical lines which are slightly curved.

Add the front feet down at the bottom - these are simply rounded half-circles.

The last part in this step is to decide whether you want your cat to be plump or thin. I decided to draw mine a bit thinner so I drew two inward curving lines on each side of his abdomen.

If you study the drawing, you can see where I added these lines.


Step 3: Draw in the Head Details

For this step, just concentrate on that top circle you drew in the first step - the cat's head.

I drew in a zig-zag line on the left side of the cat's head. You do the same and then add a similar zig-zag line on the other side of the cat's head.

Next, draw two slightly curving triangles at the top left and right sides of the circle/head.

The last part in this step is to draw two small curving lines at the bottom center of the circle/head. These lines will serve as the cat's neck.


Step 4: Finish the Head

So, now you can see where I added the zig-zag line on the other side of his head.

Add a similar zig-zag line at the top of the head, between the ears - this is a tuft of hair.

The nose is simply an upside-down triangle. Add an outwardly curving line that extends from one side of the triangle upwards. You can see that in my drawing, right?

The mouth is two outwardly curving lines with a tiny short line at the end of each.

For the eyes, simply draw two roundish shapes that are slightly pointed on each end - think of a fat football shape. Inside of the outline of each eye, draw a dark, vertical oval shape with pointy ends - think skinny football shape.

Finish the face off with some whiskers - simple straight lines.

Hey, congratulations - the head is now complete!


Step 5: The Lower Body

Let's move down a bit and concentrate on adding some details to the lower body in this step.

Let's begin by adding a slightly curving, zig-zag line just about where his chest would be.

Next, add some more half-circular shapes to make the two back legs. On the outer ends of all four feet, add some small lines to indicate claws or toes.

How does your drawing look? Stick with me - we're almost there!


Step 6: Finish out the Body and Add the Tail

For this step, you're just going to clean up (erase) some of your initial guide lines - those are the lines of the basic shapes your drew in the first step.

To draw the tail, all you have to do is make two parallel curving lines.

Take a minute to study the drawing to see how I drew it.

Remember: Pencils have erasers because we all make mistakes. If you don't like what you have drawn, simply erase it and start over.


Final Step: Add Shading

For the final step in our drawing tutorial, you're going to add some shading.

Shading can be a bit tricky so you may want to practice it on another piece of paper so you can get the feel for doing it right.

If you're unsure about where to add shading, just use my drawing for a guide. Try your best to add shading where i added shading.

This may take some practice so don't be too hard on yourself if you don't get it the first time.


SO - how did you do? Are you satisfied with your drawing? It's OK if you're not. As a matter of fact, that's exactly how you're supposed to feel about your drawing.

Do you know that after more than 50 years as an artist, I still look at my finished work and see things that I could have done better. It's the nature of being an artist - sort of like a built-in critic that makes you want to do better on the next drawing.

I hope you enjoyed my drawing tutorial and would like to invite you to try one of my many other drawing tutorials here on HubPages.

Good luck!


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      RTtony 3 years ago

      i love this drawing alot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      MKayo 3 years ago from Texas

      Well, I'm not sure it can live up to that many exclamation points, but thank you!

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      RTtony 3 years ago

      this is so awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      MKayo 4 years ago from Texas

      Kmes - thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      Kayla Swanson 4 years ago from Wyoming

      You make it look so easy! I wish I had this tutorial when I had a student that I was encouraging to draw.

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      MKayo 4 years ago from Texas

      Thanks, shujaabbas!

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      shujaabbas 4 years ago from Lahore, Pakistan

      Beautiful work, inspired!