How to Draw a Lucky Cat

Learn how to draw a great looking Lucky Cat with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.

By following the simple steps, you too can easily draw a perfect Lucky Cat.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Lucky Cat

How to Draw a Great Looking Lucky Cat for Kids and Beginners - Step 1

Lucky Cat step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 1

1. Begin the lucky cat outline by tracing the head. Use an oval for the head. Then, draw two triangles for the ears. Draw a smaller triangle inside each triangle to detail the insides of the ears.

Easy Lucky Cat Drawing - Step 2

Lucky Cat step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 2

2. Detail the cat’s cartoon face. Use thick curved lines for the closed eyes, with short lines for the eyebrows above them. Then, use a curling, curved line for the smiling mouth. Draw an inverted triangle above the mouth to indicate the nose, and connect them with a short line.

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Easy Lucky Cat Drawing - Step 3

Lucky Cat step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 3

3. Use curved lines to enclose the spot on the top of the cat’s head and to form the whiskers on the cheeks. Then, draw a circle below the face.

This is the ID tag for the collar or a traditional coin. Outline the collar itself using curved lines.

Easy Lucky Cat Drawing - Step 4

Lucky Cat step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 4

4. Draw the cat’s raised paw. Outline the paw using long curved lines. Notice how the lines overlap where the paw bends. Detail the toes with short curved lines.

Easy Lucky Cat Drawing - Step 5

Lucky Cat step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 5

5. Draw the remaining forepaw. Use a long curved line and double it back upon itself. Detail the toes with curved lines.

Easy Lucky Cat Drawing - Step 6

Lucky Cat step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 6

6. Draw the side of the torso using a long curved line. Then, draw the rear paw. Enclose an oval, then use curved lines to indicate the toes.

Easy Lucky Cat Drawing - Step 7

Lucky Cat step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 7

7. Draw a similar oval-shaped paw on the opposite side, and connect it to the arm above using a curved line. Draw short lines across the paw to indicate the toes.

Add More Details to Your Lucky Cat Picture - Step 8

Lucky Cat step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 8

8. Draw a rectangle with rounded corners in the cat’s paw. Then, complete the outline by connecting the rectangle to the rear paws using short lines.

Complete the Outline of Your Lucky Cat Drawing - Step 9

Lucky Cat step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 9

9. Complete your lucky cat outline by drawing two curved lines, one descending from each shoulder. Allow the lines to meet at a gentle point in the middle of the cat’s chest.

Color Your Lucky Cat Drawing

Lucky Cat step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 10

Color your cartoon lucky cat. They are typically white, perhaps with markings in bright colors such as red, green, and yellow. Sometimes they are gold in color - another symbol of wealth.

Other color variations include black cats to ward off evil, red to wish for good health, or pink in hopes of romance.

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Learn More About The Lucky Cat Drawing

Have you ever seen a smiling cat statue waving from a shop or restaurant window? In Japanese, it is called maneki-neko, meaning "welcoming cat" or "beckoning cat." Would you like to learn how to draw a lucky cat?

Throughout history, cats have played a role in mythology. They were thought to possess supernatural or magical powers.

In one Japanese legend, a cat washing its face - a gesture similar to that of the lucky cat - was thought to portend a visitor.

The lucky cat symbol is thought to bring good fortune, prosperity, and wealth to its owner.

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Lucky cats have been around since at least the 1800s. In one folktale, a temple cat beckoned to a warrior who sat beneath a tree during a storm.

After the samurai left the tree, it was struck by lightning; the cat had saved his life. The cat was then honored with a statue, the first lucky cat.

In another story, a poor shopkeeper took in a starving stray cat. In gratitude, the cat sat outside the shop, beckoning for customers to enter.

Whether the right or left paw is raised also has meaning. If the left paw is raised, the purpose is to beckon more customers.

If the right paw is raised, it welcomes more money. You can adjust this lucky cat outline to raise either paw.

If you liked this drawing tutorial, see also the following guides: Cat and Dog drawing, Easy Step by Step Cat Drawing for Kids drawing, and The Jiji Cat drawing.

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