In this drawing tutorial, we will draw a simple cat. With the step-by-step instructions, anyone can create a great looking cat drawing.

We have tried to make the tutorial as easy as possible. Each step is short and simple. If you would like to create a more challenging cat drawing, check out our cartoon cat drawing tutorial.

When you start sketching the first steps in the tutorials, don’t press your pencil too hard. Some of the early lines will be erased before your cat drawing is complete.

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: Cartoon Cat, Simple Dog, and Cartoon Dog.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Simple Cat

How to Draw Simple Cat: Step 1

We’ll start by drawing an arc close to the top of the paper. Remember to leave enough space for the whole drawing.

How to Draw Simple Cat: Step 2

Draw another arc for the bottom side of the cat’s face.

How to Draw Simple Cat: Step 3

Draw an inverted U-shape for one ear.

How to Draw Simple Cat: Step 4

And another inverted U-shape for the other ear.

How to Draw Simple Cat: Step 5

Draw a smaller pair of ear shapes inside the ears to give them depth.

How to Draw Simple Cat: Step 6

Draw a horizontal line at the bottom of the paper. The line should be a be little shorter than the head is wide.

How to Draw Simple Cat: Step 7

Draw curving lines to connect the horizontal line with the cat’s head.

How to Draw Simple Cat: Step 8

Sketch a curving S-shape for the tail.

How to Draw Simple Cat: Step 9

Draw another line parallel to the tail to complete it.

How to Draw Simple Cat: Step 10

Draw a D-shape for one paw.

How to Draw Simple Cat: Step 11

Draw another D-shape for the other paw.

How to Draw Simple Cat: Step 12

Draw an oval above each paw to outline the legs.

How to Draw Simple Cat: Step 13

Draw one more D-shape for the front paw.

How to Draw Simple Cat: Step 14

Draw one more D-shape for the front paw.

How to Draw Simple Cat: Step 15

Draw slightly curving lines for the front legs.

How to Draw Simple Cat: Step 16

Remove the extra lines from the paws.

How to Draw Simple Cat: Step 17

Draw short lines to separate the toes.

How to Draw Simple Cat: Step 18

Draw a smiling mouth and a button nose.

How to Draw Simple Cat: Step 19

Add eyes, eyebrows, and three whiskers on both sides of the mouth.

How to Draw Simple Cat: Step 20

Your simple cat drawing is complete. You can color it now if you want.

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