How to Draw an Anime Cat Girl

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In Japanese anime cartoons, the lines between the human and animal worlds are often blurred. Human characters with animal features are common. This is referred to as Kemonomimi, meaning "animal ears."

The "catgirl" character is one example. Neko is the Japanese word for "cat." It is also used to refer to anime or manga characters with catlike features, including ears, tails, whiskers, and paws.

A number of anime and manga feature catgirl characters. These include Outlaw Star, The Star of Cottonland, Acchi Kocchi, Infinite Stratos, Fairy Tale, and High School DxD. Even non-anime cartoons, such as Treasure Planet, She-Ra: Princess of Power, Star Trek: The Animated Series, and Thundercats include these characters. Fans often create fan art by adding cat ears to their favorite characters.

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Why? The answer is kawaii, or cuteness. After all, "everything can be improved by drawing cat ears and a tail on it."

Would you like to draw an adorable anime cat girl? This anime cartoon drawing guide can 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 an Anime Cat Girl

How to Draw Anime Cat Girl: Step 1

1. Begin by sketching the girl's face. Use a "U" shaped line to outline the chin and cheeks. Notice the slight point of the chin.

How to Draw Anime Cat Girl: Step 2

2. Next, draw the hair falling across the forehead. For each lock of hair, use a pair of curved lines that meet at sharp points. Note that the locks are of strikingly different lengths.

How to Draw Anime Cat Girl: Step 3

3. Use curved lines to sketch the top of the head. Notice the slight overlap where the lines converge, forming the crown of the head. At the sides of the face, draw locks of hair using pairs of lines that meet at points.

How to Draw Anime Cat Girl: Step 4

4. Draw the cat ears, erasing as necessary. For each ear, Enclose a curved triangle emerging from the side of the head. Note the curvature of the hair made by a curved line at the base of one ear. Draw a line down the center of each ear consisting of a series of short lines that meet at jagged points. This details the inner ear, as do the short lines that give it a furry texture. Then, draw the ponytails on each side of the head, using long, curved lines to form the locks. Texture the hair with long lines down its length.

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How to Draw Anime Cat Girl: Step 5

5. Draw a headband and bow, erasing as necessary. For the bow, enclose the round shape of the knot with an irregular shape on each side. Add dimension using a curved line. Then, extend a pair of curved lines across the head, forming the band. This should end at a long curved line.

How to Draw Anime Cat Girl: Step 6

6. Extend two divergent curved lines downward to form the neck. Connect them at the bottom, and band the neck with a pair of lines to form a choker style necklace.

How to Draw Anime Cat Girl: Step 7

7. Use curved lines to outline the sides and sleeves of the garment. Use additional curved lines to indicate folds in the fabric.

How to Draw Anime Cat Girl: Step 8

8. Draw a line descending from each sleeve to form the arms.

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How to Draw Anime Cat Girl: Step 9

9. Detail the girl's face. Use wide lines to outline the brows, lids, and eyelashes. Enclose small ovals within a circle to form each eye. Shade one set of ovals to indicate the pupil. Finally, enclose the mouth using two curved lines and place a dot for the nose.

How to Draw Anime Cat Girl: Step 10

Color your anime cat girl. Be creative, as anime characters often feature brightly toned hair and clothing.

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