Mastering The Art of Drawing a Basic Cat

How to draw a basic cat


Drawing is an expressive and rewarding form of art. If you’re a beginner looking to enhance your artistic skills, starting with simple subjects like a basic cat can be both fun and fulfilling. This article will guide you through the step-by-step process of drawing a charming feline friend in just a few easy-to-follow steps.

Materials Needed 

Before you begin, gather your materials: paper, pencils (ranging from 2B to 6B for shading), an eraser, and a reference image of a cat. Having these essentials at hand will ensure a smoother drawing experience.

Basic Guidelines

 Start with a light pencil to create the cat’s basic framework. Begin by drawing a slightly elongated oval for the head. Add two circles adjacent to the oval for the eyes. Position the circles so they slightly overlap the head shape. Draw a line across the head to indicate the cat’s eye level. Add a smaller circle at the bottom front of the head for the nose, and a curved line for the mouth.

Defining the Body 

Extend the head oval into a slightly larger oval for the body. Cats come in various sizes and shapes, so don’t be afraid to experiment. Connect the head and body with a curved neckline. Sketch the four legs using simple cylindrical shapes. Remember to keep the lines loose and light at this stage.

Outlining Facial Features 

Refine the eyes by adding almond-like shapes within the circles. Inside each eye, draw a small circle for the iris and a smaller circle for the pupil. Leave a small portion unshaded in the iris to create a natural gleam. Develop the nose by adding nostrils at the bottom of the nose circle. Define the mouth with a gentle curve, indicating the lips.

Shaping the Body

Enhance the body by curving the lines to create a natural posture. Smoothly connect the legs to the body using slightly tapered shapes. Cats’ legs are flexible and graceful, so aim for fluid lines. Outline the paws with small oval shapes at the end of each leg. This step adds dimension to your drawing.

Tail and Ears 

Draw the tail extending from the back of the body. The tail can be curved or straight, thick or thin, depending on the type of cat you’re portraying. For the ears, sketch two triangles with rounded corners on top of the head. Pay attention to the placement; they should be on either side of the head’s eye level line.

Refining Details

Now it’s time to add finer details. Define the fur by adding short, soft strokes around the head, body, and tail. Use longer strokes for the tail. Darken the pupils while leaving a highlight for a lifelike effect. Shade the area around the eyes slightly to give depth.

Adding Shadows 

To make your cat drawing more realistic, add shading to create depth. Identify a light source and shade the opposite side of the cat’s body and head. Use a blending tool or gently smudge with your fingers to create a smooth transition between light and shadow.


How are kittens cute?

Including their expressive eyes, undulating tails, adorable paws, and supple fur are very appealing, and the emotions our kitties provoke are related to the feelings we feel when we see them.

Do kittens love kids?

Additionally, cats brought into the household with children as kittens or adolescents were more likely to be affectionate with the children (versus older cats, who can be rather set in their ways).


Drawing a basic cat is a delightful way to enter the world of art. Remember, practice makes perfect, so keep refining your technique. As you gain confidence, you can experiment with different cat breeds, poses, and more intricate details. So, pick up your pencil, let your creativity flow, and have fun bringing feline grace to life on paper.

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