How to Draw a Cartoon Cat

Easy, step by step Cartoon Cat drawing tutorial
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“Everybody wants to be a cat,
Because a cat's the only cat
Who knows where it's at.”
- “Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat,” song from Disney’s The Aristocats

The above words were sung by the tomcat Thomas, the kitten Marie, and the trumpet-playing Scat Cat in Disney's animated film The Aristocats. And it does ring true that cats have long been popular in human society, from deification in ancient Egypt to the adoption of "cat" as a complimentary nickname in the twentieth century.

How did this miniature predator make it into our hearts and homes? It is thought that "wildcats were attracted to early human settlements" by the presence of rodents that ate the foodstuffs stored by man. Our ancestors got along with the cats because they reduced rodent populations. When people traveled, they brought the cats with them.

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Would you like to draw an adorable, fluffy cat? Bring home your new favorite pet with the help of this easy drawing tutorial. Follow the step-by-step format. You'll start with simple lines and geometric shapes, which you'll then flesh out to create your very own feline cartoon character.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Simple Cat, Simple Dog, and Cartoon Dog.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Cartoon Cat

Cartoon Cat drawing - step 1
How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a circle. This will become the cat’s head.

Cartoon Cat drawing - step 2
How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 2

2. Draw another, slightly smaller circle beside, but not touching, the first. This will help you to sketch the cat’s body. Connect the circles with a curved line.

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Cartoon Cat drawing - step 3
How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 3

3. Draw two more curved lines between the two circles, outlining the body.

Cartoon Cat drawing - step 4
How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 4

4. Draw curved lines to guide you in sketching the cat’s legs. Notice how one of the forelegs is bent and lifted from the ground.

Cartoon Cat drawing - step 5
How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 5

5. Draw a long curved line from the back, beginning to outline the tail.

Cartoon Cat drawing - step 6
How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 6

6. Draw another curved line from the cat’s body, allowing it to meet the previous line at a point at the tip of the tail.

Cartoon Cat drawing - step 7
How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 7

7. Draw curved lines on each side of the guidelines of the legs. Connect them at the ends - use a straight line for those on the ground, and curved for the lifted paw.

Cartoon Cat drawing - step 8
How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 8

8. Erase the guide lines from the character, leaving a clean outline.

Cartoon Cat drawing - step 9
How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 9

9. Draw tufts of fur on each side of the cat’s face. Use curved lines that meet at jagged points.

Cartoon Cat drawing - step 10
How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 10

10. Draw the cat’s triangular ears. Use pairs of curved lines that meet at gentle points.

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How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 11

11. Use a curved line to trace an irregular shape within the cat’s face. This outlines the mouth or muzzle.

Cartoon Cat drawing - step 12
How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 12

12. Detail the inside of the feline’s ears. Use pairs of curved lines to form triangles with gentle points.

Cartoon Cat drawing - step 13
How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 13

13. Outline the cat’s half-circle eyes with pairs of curved lines.

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How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 14

14. Draw a curved line across each of the eyes. Then, enclose narrow, curved triangular shapes to indicate the eyebrows.

Cartoon Cat drawing - step 15
How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 15

15. Shade a small oval at the top of the muzzle, forming the nose. Beneath it, use curved lines to enclose the curved triangular shape of the open mouth. Connect the nose and mouth using a small line, and contour the sides of the mouth with additional lines.

Cartoon Cat drawing - step 16
How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 16

16. Draw a curved line across each eye, and shade a small circle to indicate the pupil.

Cartoon Cat drawing - step 17
How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 17

17. Use curved lines to indicate the teeth and tongue within the mouth; shade around them. Draw a curved line across the top of each paw, and a series of curved lines that meet at jagged points across the tip of the tail.

Cartoon Cat drawing - step 18
How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 18

18. Contour the chin with a short curved line, and draw another down the chest and belly.

Cartoon Cat drawing - step 19
How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 19

19. Draw short curved lines at the tips of the paws to indicate the toes.

Cartoon Cat drawing - step 20
How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 20

Color your pretty cartoon kitty! In our illustration, we’ve chosen various shades of cream. But cats come in many colors, including white, black, grey, yellow, and orange. Some are striped, spotted, or have a mixture of colors in their fur.

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