How to Draw Pusheen the Cat

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Pusheen is a cartoon cat created by Claire Belton and Andrew Duff for their website, Everyday Cute. Pusheen is a "chubby, tubby," short haired grey tabby cat, based on Belton's own pet, rescued from a shelter as a kitten. Her name is derived from the Irish word puisín, meaning kitten.

Pusheen was first seen in 2010, featured in comics and animated GIF messaging stickers. By 2011, she had her own website, and her first book, a comic strip collection entitled I Am Pusheen the Cat, was published in 2013.

The book features Pusheen as well as her sister, Stormy. She's also got her own set of emojis on Facebook, and fans can now subscribe to a quarterly "Pusheen box," a collection of merchandise such as mugs and t-shirts delivered to their homes.

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How did Pusheen become so popular? For years, the popularity of "cat videos" on YouTube and other websites have implied the internet fascination with cute cats.

Other famous cats include Grumpy Cat and Lil Bub. Pusheen is also preceded by other cartoon cats of the pre-internet printed page, such as Heathcliff, Garfield, Hobbes, and Felix the Cat.

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

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Pusheen the Cat

How to Draw Pusheen the Cat: Step 1

1. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Begin by drawing an oval. This will help you to outline Pusheen's round head and body.

How to Draw Pusheen the Cat: Step 2

2. ​​Extend a line upward from the side of the oval, near the top. Bend the line in a gentle point, allowing it to pass inside the oval. This forms the first ear. Then, extend the line horizontally before drawing it up and out of the oval once more. Bend the line in a gentle point and connect it to the the opposite side of the oval, enclosing the second ear.

How to Draw Pusheen the Cat: Step 3

3. Extend a long, curved line downward from the side of the oval. Allow it to connect with the bottom of the oval, continuing on to end at the opposite side of the oval. You will have enclosed a rounded shape on each side, outlining the contours of Pusheen's body.

How to Draw Pusheen the Cat: Step 4

4. Erase the guide lines left by the original oval, leaving a clean outline of the cat.

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How to Draw Pusheen the Cat: Step 5

5.​​ ​Near the top of the figure, draw the eyes. For each eye, shade a small circle. Between the eyes, draw the mouth. Begin by using a small, wide "W" shaped line. Then, use a short, curved line to enclose the open mouth beneath it.

How to Draw Pusheen the Cat: Step 6

6.​ Draw whiskers on each side of the face using long, curved lines that begin inside the figure and extend outward. Use short, curve lines to sketch the stripes on the top of the cat's head.

How to Draw Pusheen the Cat: Step 7

7. ​​​Draw Pusheen's arms, using curved lines like a flattened, backwards letter "C." Enclose the stripes along the side of the cat using similar "C" shaped lines.

How to Draw Pusheen the Cat: Step 8

8.​​​ ​​Enclose the feet along the bottom of the body using inverted "C" shaped lines.

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How to Draw Pusheen the Cat: Step 9

9.​​ ​​​​​​Draw the tail. Extend a long, curved line outward from the body. Double the line back upon itself, enclosing the tail. Band the tail with pairs of short, curved lines.

How to Draw Pusheen the Cat: Step 10

10. Color Pusheen the cat, usually depicted as a grey tabby.

Check out our animal drawing guides for more cute sketching fun, including tutorials on how to draw a cat face, a cartoon cat, and a simple cat. You can even learn how to draw Garfield the cat!

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