How to Draw a Cat Step by Step

This easy step by step tutorial shows how to draw a cartoon cat and includes simple illustrated drawing examples for each step.

Cat drawing step by step
Cat drawing step by step

It’s recommended that you draw using light pencil lines for the first seven steps of this tutorial so that you can easily correct any mistakes.

Step 1 – Draw the Cats Head

Cat head drawing
Cat head drawing

Star the drawing by outlining the shape of the cats head. Be sure you position it in a way that you still have enough room to draw the ears and the body.

Draw a half circle like curve for the top of the head and a smaller curve for the bottom. Between these two curves you can add some teeth like jagged edges. These will be the cats fur sticking out from the sides of the head.

For this stage you do not have to be very accurate in the way you draw them as we will return to them in later steps.

Step 2 – Draw the Body & Front Legs

Cat front legs drawing
Cat front legs drawing

Add the legs by drawing two curved lines from the bottom curve of the head down to the area of the feet. Inside these lines draw two more curves for the inner shape of the legs. Make these curves about half the length of the first set. At the bottom of these draw the feet (similar to ovals in shape) and connect them with one line to show the bottom of the body.

Step 3 – Draw the Back Legs

Cat back legs drawing
Cat back legs drawing

Add the back legs by drawing two curves liens down from slight above the halfway point of the front legs/body section. At the bottom of these draw the back feet with shapes similar to the front feet but slightly flatter at the bottom and partially hidden behind the front legs.

Step 4 – Draw the Ears & Tail

Cat ears and tail drawing
Cat ears and tail drawing

Draw the tail with a slight curve similar to a peeled banana in shape. Draw the ears sticking out in different directions wide towards their base and narrower towards their tips.

Step 5 – Draw the Snout

Cat snout drawing
Cat snout drawing

For this step start by drawing the nose and the top part of the snout. Position those about a third of the way up from the bottom of the face. Draw it similar to a triangle with rounded corners with a curved line for its top. From behind the top corners of the nose draw two oval like shapes that then meet at its bottom corner. These will be the upper part of the snout. Draw the bottom of the snout with just one curved line.

Finally from the upper part of the snout draw two curved lines that go towards the fur on the sides of the face. These will basically be the cats cheeks.

Step 6 – Draw the Eyes

Cat eyes drawing
Cat eyes drawing

Draw the eyes with their bottom parts slightly hidden behind the cheeks with almond like shapes pointing towards the nose. Inside the eyes draw the irises. If you are going to color the drawing then you can also outline the highlights inside the irises so that you remember to keep them white.

Step 7 – Draw Some Fur

Cat fur drawing
Cat fur drawing

Finally to make the cat look a little more interesting add some fluff inside of its ears and give the tail a sort of “tip”.

Draw the ear fluff in large pointy clumps. Define the tail tip with small random sized clumps as well.

Step 8 – Add the Whiskers & Finish the Line Drawing

Cat line drawing
Cat line drawing

To finish the line drawing add some whiskers going from the sides of the upper part of the cats snout. Afterwards go over our line drawing with either a black pen or marker. You can also simply darken the lines with pencil as well.

Step 9 – Color the Cat

Cat drawing
Cat drawing

You can make the cat any color you like. In this example we will go with yellow for the main body leaving the feet, tip of tail, snout, cheeks and ear fluff white.

Cats often have green or grey/blue eyes and pink noses (as in this example) but again you can use just whatever colors you prefer.

Conclusion

A stylized cartoon cat like the one in this tutorial is not very difficult to draw and can look quite nice when done. If you like this the you will probably also like these: