How to Draw a Realistic Cat Step-by-step | Udemy Blog
To improve your drawing skills, draw a cat in three stages using simple lines and shapes as a guide. You can also use a blending stump to add shading and form to make your cat look more realistic.
Get familiar with the basics of cat anatomy
If you want to learn how to draw cats, study their anatomy by studying real-life cats and learning more about their positions, features, and poses. You can also study their bone and muscle structure by looking at cat anatomy drawings and books.
Start with a quick stick-figure sketch
When learning to draw, scribble gesture drawing is the best place to start because it’s all about capturing the subject’s major energy and getting to know it. Simply look at the drawing and ask yourself where the line is vertical, horizontal, or on an angle.
Gather your art materials
You will only need a pencil and paper to draw your cat; however, if you want to shade your cat’s face, you will need additional art materials, which you can purchase for about u00c232.50 each (or reusable poster putty tack) from an art or craft store.
Step 1: Draw a vertical line
Draw a vertical line of any length you want (I went with seven inches), either with a ruler or by using the motion of your shoulder and a stiff wrist to guide you. Measure each of your four divisions to ensure they are the same length.
Step 2: Draw a large oval for the body
The first shape to draw for your cat’s body is a large oval, which should begin at the beginning of the second tab down from the top and end a little way up from the bottom.
Step 3: Draw a circle for the cat head
Draw a horizontal guideline to help you create the width on each side of the vertical line, or make a circle that is two inches long and two inches wide to approximate the width of your cat head.
Step 4: Draw the cat ears as two triangle shapes
Draw two triangles on each side of the head for the cat ears, then finish each triangle by drawing a diagonal line down from the tip of the triangle ear shape to meet the circle, creating a triangle on each side of the head for the cat ears.
Step 5: Draw ovals for the 4 cat paws
Draw two larger ovals at the base of the circle for the two front leg paws. Tip: These two ovals are positioned a little further apart, and they are both at the height of the bottom marker on the vertical line. Draw two smaller ovals a little higher up the page for the two back leg paws.
Step 6: Draw 4 long ovals for legs
Add two large ovals for the front legs and two smaller ovals for the back legs to complete the main shapes of your cat. Tip: The two larger ovals in front come up to just below half of the large circle body and are on a slight angle outwards. The smaller ovals for the back legs are lower and on a slight angle outwards. The oval legs touch the ovals for your cat paws.
Step 7: Draw the shapes for your cat nose, eyes, and mouth
For your cat nose, draw a small upside-down triangle that starts at the top of the large body oval and runs evenly on both sides of the central vertical guideline. Finish your upside-down triangle cat nose shape by adding two diagonal lines (one on each end of the horizontal line) that meet on the central vertical guideline.
Step 8: Draw the outline curves on the face, limbs, and body
In this step, you’ll add the outline to your entire cat. Press lightly as you travel around the shapes, paying attention to where you need to draw inside the shape and where you need to draw outside the shape. Tip: Keep the drawing you’re copying from parallel to your drawing. Place your finger on the curve you’re drawing so you don’t lose your place.
Step 9: Erase all the construction drawing shapes
Before you add the cat fur, remove all of the unnecessary guidelines and gently erase your outline.
Step 10: Draw the fur outline
Notice how I’ve created the little fur markings in the direction of the underlying body. Some strokes will be curved, while others will be slightly more straight. Tip: Fur on the face travels upwards and outwards from the nose and eyes. See this photograph for an example of a cat to gain a better understanding of the fur pattern.
Step 11: Shade the body
All you’ll need for this step is a paper stump to gently pull the graphite around the image. Start by shading a bit of graphite onto the darker shadows at the base of the cat, then blending that area. You can also pull some graphite off the fur areas, add more delicate strokes in the direction of the fur, and then blend the area.
Finishing up and planning your next project
If you’d like to learn more about how to draw and shade using professional methods, check out my course: Complete Drawing and Shading Course. Next, join me in learning how to draw a unicorn.
How do you draw a realistic cat step by step?
A step-by-step tutorial on how to draw a cat
- Step 1: Draw a vertical line. Step 2: Draw a large oval for the body. Step 3: Draw a circle for the cat head. Step 4: Draw two triangle shapes for the cat ears. Step 5: Draw ovals for the four cat paws.
How do you shade a cat?
Shade the lightest shadows around the face and neck with H or 2H pencils, then block in the shadow on the tail with the same H pencils (or shading very lightly with a 2B pencil) and shade the fur with small lines and strokes to create the furry texture.
How do you draw a realistic girl face?
Drawing a Realistic Girl’s Face (Method 1 of 2)
- To make the head, draw an oval and divide it into three sections.
- Draw the eyes on the top horizontal line.
- Add pupils and eyelashes to the eyes.
- Draw an arched eyebrow above each eye.
- Draw the nose tip along the bottom horizontal line.
What is Colour of cat?
Did you know that all cats are basically a result of only two colors: black and orange? The rest of the colors seen on cats are all a result of a dilution gene, which is basically a gene modification!