How to Draw a Black Cat

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Much folklore surrounds the black cat. Superstition holds that it is bad luck for a black cat to "cross your path."

In Europe, black cats were once thought to be the companions of witches, and you could be punished for owning one. Other myths held that witches could shape-shift and become black cats.

Interestingly, many cultures hold that black cats are portents of good, rather than bad, fortune.

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Black cats are considered good luck in Britain and Japan, and in Scotland, a strange black cat arriving at a home signifies prosperity. In ancient Egypt, black cats were venerated, and harming a black cat was punishable by death.

"Ship's cats" on sailing vessels kept mice at bay, but having a black ship's cat was also considered good luck. Sailor's wives would also keep black cats for luck, hoping it would help their husbands return safely home.

Did you know? Twenty-two different breeds of cats can manifest solid black coats. These cats today make popular pets.

Black cats have also featured in many animated cartoons and as a logo. For example, some "channel 13" television stations, as well as the crew of the Apollo 13 space mission, adopted black cat logos to make sport of the "unlucky" number 13.

Would you like to draw a black cat? This easy, step-by-step feline drawing tutorial is here to help. All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Grass, Moon, and Batman Logo.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ a Black Cat

How to Draw Black Cat: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing an oval. This will form the cat's head. Atop the oval, draw two triangles. These will form the cat's ears. Draw a curved line from the tip of each triangle to the oval, detailing the inner portion of the ear.

How to Draw Black Cat: Step 2

2. Draw a curved line like a backwards "S" descending from the head. This forms the cat's back. Draw another curved line, somewhat shorter, to form the neck and chest. Then, draw a "U" shaped line to form the bent leg. Use another "U" shaped line to connect the leg to the body, forming the foot. Draw a short line across the tip of the foot to indicate the toes.

How to Draw Black Cat: Step 3

3. Extend two sets of curved lines downward from the body, forming the front legs. The lines of the near leg should cross over into the chest. Use curved lines to enclose feet at the ends of the legs; draw short lines at the tips of the feet to indicate the toes.

How to Draw Black Cat: Step 4

4. Erase guide lines from the cat.


How to Draw Black Cat: Step 5

5. Draw two parallel, spiraling lines to form the cat's tail. Allow the lines to meet in a rounded point.

How to Draw Black Cat: Step 6

6. Detail the cat's face. Draw two curved diagonal lines, and enclose a rounded shape under each, outlining the eyes. Draw a small triangle at the inner corner of each eye, and shade an upside down, narrow triangle to form the pupil within each eye. Draw an upturned triangle to form the nose, and curved lines to indicate whiskers.

How to Draw Black Cat: Step 7

7. Draw grass using short, curved lines that connect in jagged points.

How to Draw Black Cat: Step 8

8.Draw the full moon. Outline a circle behind the cat's head. Detail the moon with irregular shapes of various sizes, as well as curved lines.


How to Draw Black Cat: Step 9

9.Draw bats in the sky. Use curved lines to outline the shape of the head and the serrated wings. Erase guide lines as necessary.

How to Draw Black Cat: Step 10

How will you color your black cat?

Interested in discovering more furry, purry drawing guides? Check out our animal drawing guides, where you'll find everything from easy cats, lions and tigers to cute kittens, oh my.

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  • The cat reminds me of the animation movie "Coraline". I enjoyed it a lot. I irresistibly love these gothic, mysterious creations, especially if, later on, these weird, eerie, uncanny characters that you run away from, comes out as your friends.

    Thank you for the drawing

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