How to Draw a Kitten

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A kitten is a juvenile, or baby, cat. Did you know? Kittens are unable to open their eyes until they are seven to ten days old.

For millennia, cats have been kept as pets and to control vermin. Cats may have been domesticated independently in Asia Minor and in northern Africa as much as 6,000 years ago, perhaps "choosing" domestication by associating with man.

Some ancient societies, such as the ancient Egyptians, even worshiped cats. Mummified cats have been found in Egyptian tombs along with their owners.

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Kittens often appear in fine art as well as on products such as school supplies, clothing, and accessories. The Lisa Frank line of school supplies, art items, and clothing often feature kittens in bright unnatural colors, such as pink or purple. The Littlest Pet Shop toy line features kittens with large, adorable eyes.

The kittens most famous to popular culture may be Berlioz, Marie, and Toulouse of Disney's Aristocats (1970).

Would you like to draw a cute kitten? This simple, step-by-step animal drawing guide is here to help. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

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

​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ a Kitten

How to Draw Kitten: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a circle. This will form the kitten's head.

How to Draw Kitten: Step 2

2. Next, use curved lines to enclose an irregular shape below the head. This will become the kitten's body.

How to Draw Kitten: Step 3

3. Extend a pair of curved lines from each side of the head. Use a series of short curved lines connected in jagged points to connect each pair of lines. This gives shape to the head and forms the kitten's furry cheeks.

How to Draw Kitten: Step 4

4. Enclose two large curved triangles on top of the kitten's head. Then, enclose a smaller triangle inside each of the larger triangles. These form the kitten's ears.


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How to Draw Kitten: Step 5

5. Erase the guide lines left by the original circle. Enclose the inner triangle of each ear using a series of short curved lines connected at jagged points.

How to Draw Kitten: Step 6

6. Draw the kitten's front legs and paws. Use pairs of curved lines to outline each leg. Then, enclose the foot using overlapping "U" shaped lines to form the toes.

How to Draw Kitten: Step 7

7. Next, draw the kitten's rear legs. Use long, curved lines to enclose the rounded shape of the leg. Then, use "U" shaped lines to form the toes, enclosing the foot. Notice the curved line indicating a crease across one of the feet. Then, draw the tail. Extend two long, curved lines from behind the rear leg. Indicate a differently colored tuft at the end, using a series of connected, short lines.

How to Draw Kitten: Step 8

8. Erase any remaining guide lines from the kitten.


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How to Draw Kitten: Step 9

9. Use short, curved lines to detail the fur of the chest, belly, and legs. Then, detail the face. Draw rounded shapes with points on each side to form the eyes. Within each eye, draw three circles - one within the next. Draw a tiny circle beside the smallest circle and shade around it, forming the pupil. Use two curved lines to enclose a curved shape above each eye, forming the eyebrows. Enclose a rounded, upside down triangle to form the nose. Draw a "W" shaped line beneath it to indicate the mouth. On each side of the mouth, draw dots and long, curved lines to indicate the whiskers.

How to Draw Kitten: Step 10

10. Color your kitten. Cats often come in solid colors, spots, or stripes. Their colors range from white to black, orange to grey.

Everybody wants to be a cat! Learn to draw a cat face, simple cat, cartoon cat, or Cheshire cat using our easy drawing guides.

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