How to Draw a Cartoon Cat

In this tutorial, we will draw a cute cartoon cat. The tutorial is quite easy, but if you’re looking for the simplest cat drawing tutorial, check out our How to Draw a Simple Cat drawing guide.

We will use some basic shapes to create the outline of the cat. These shapes will be erased later in the tutorial, so sketch with a light hand.

In the guide below, each step is highlighted in a light blue color.

You don’t need any special pens or tools. A regular pencil, eraser, and paper are all you need. If you want, you can also color the drawing with colored pencils or pens.

You can find a video version of this drawing tutorial below, as well as a printable PDF version.

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

How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 1

Start by drawing a circle close to the top left of your paper.

How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 2

Draw another, slightly smaller, circle to the right and below and connect it to the first circle with an arc.

How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 3

Outline the body by drawing two more lines that connect the circles.

How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 4

Draw four curvy lines for the legs.

How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 5

Sketch an S-shape for the tail.

How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 6

Draw another curving line to complete the tail.

How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 7

Outline the legs by drawing two lines on both sides of each leg line we drew in step 4).

How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 8

Erase the extra lines at the body and legs.

How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 9

Draw jagged lines on both sides of the face for some bushy facial fur.

How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 10

Place two arcs for the ears.

How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 11

Draw an oval for the cat’s muzzle.

How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 12

Draw smaller arcs inside the ears.

How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 13

Draw D-shapes for the eyes.

How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 14

Add some details to the cat’s face by drawing the pupils and eyebrows.

How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 15

Draw the mouth and nose in the muzzle area.

How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 16

Highlight the eyes and pupils.

How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 17

Add details to the paws and tail.

How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 18

Draw lines to separate the belly from the rest of the body.

How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 19

Draw short lines to details the toes.

How to Draw Cartoon Cat: Step 20

Color your cartoon cat drawing.

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