How to Draw a Chibi Cat

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Chibi refers to a style of "super deformed" Japanese art and animation in which a character's proportions are altered for a cute effect. This can also be done to show or emphasize certain emotions, like anger or love.

The word "chibi" means "short or small." Chibi characters resemble children (or in this case, kittens) because their heads are unusually large - representing one third to one half of the character's body.

Cats are extremely common in anime cartoons and manga. Some of the most famous include Jiji from Kiki's Delivery Service, Luna and Artemis from Sailor Moon, Molly from The Ancient Magus Bride, Meowth from Pokémon Chi of Chi's Sweet Home Nyanko-sensei of Natsume's Book of Friends, Arthur of Code Geass, and Korin of Dragon Ball Z.

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Some non-feline characters even take on catlike characteristics during chibi sequences. As one anime fan put it, "You guys understand that everything can be improved by drawing cat ears and a tail on it."

Would you like to draw an adorable chibi cat? This easy, step-by-step chibi cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Chibi Cat

How to Draw Chibi Cat: Step 1

1. Begin by sketching the sides of the cat's face. Use a curved line for each side. Note the tiny curved line added to the base of one of the larger lines.

How to Draw Chibi Cat: Step 2

2. Draw the cat's neck. Extend a furry textured line from each side of the face. The lines should consist of short, overlapping, curved lines.

How to Draw Chibi Cat: Step 3

3. Draw two overlapping "U" shaped lines to form the cat's forelegs.

How to Draw Chibi Cat: Step 4

4. Extend a long, spiraling line from the base of the neck to the side of the foreleg, outlining the back, hips, and rear leg.


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How to Draw Chibi Cat: Step 5

5. Draw a small "U" shaped line on the opposite side of the forelegs, enclosing the shape of the remaining rear foot.

How to Draw Chibi Cat: Step 6

6. Extend a long, curved line from the hips and double it back upon itself to form the fluffy tail. Draw a series of connected, curved lines that meet in jagged points across the tail near the tip.

How to Draw Chibi Cat: Step 7

7. Draw the cat's ears. For each ear, use two curved lines to enclose the triangular shape. Then, connect the ears using a curved line, simultaneously outlining the top of the head. Detail the inside of each ear using a triangular shape. The bottom of the triangle should consist of a series of overlapping curved lines. The sides are also curved, with one corner not fully attached.

How to Draw Chibi Cat: Step 8

8. Begin to detail the kitten's face. Use a thick curved line to sketch each eyebrow. Then, draw the eyes, enclosing smaller circles within larger circles. Shade between the two smallest, forming the pupils. Then, shade a small, rounded triangle at the corner of each eye.


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How to Draw Chibi Cat: Step 9

9. Complete the cartoon cat's face. Draw an oval on each cheek, and a small, inverted, rounded triangle for the nose. Beneath it, draw a rounded "W" shape to form the mouth. Finally, use curved lines to indicate whiskers extending from below the nose.

How to Draw Chibi Cat: Step 10

Color your cute chibi cat. In the real world, cats come in a wide variety of colors - black, white, grey, orange, yellow, and brown, with spots and stripes mixed in. In anime, animals often feature bright and unnatural colors, so feel free to be creative!

Then, check out our animal drawing guides for more feline inspiration, or cast your own anime cartoon with our people drawing guides.

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How to Draw Chibi Cat

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