Cat sketches capturing the character of the domestic cat in two drawing tutorials.
This is a free drawing lesson on how to draw a cat.
You can use any weight cartridge paper and a HB pencil.
1. Start with an oval.
2. Draw in an eye line and a centre line. The centre line will show us where to site the nose and the middle of the mouth.
3. The eyes are two ovals. They are set at different angles. Getting this right is essential so always take your time over this.
4. Nose, mouth and indicate the shoulders. Sketch in the ears which are quite large as this is a young animal.
5. Draw in the eyes over the ovals. They are circles within circles. Also show the lids arching over the eyes.
6. Define the eyes more if necessary. Add to the nose and mouth. Use lines down the shoulder to give an impression of fur.
7. Add lines to the face and ears. The lines must follow the natural direction of the fur.
8. Blunt the tip of your pencil by rubbing it on scrap paper. Add tone with it. Build up with short gentle lines and then go over in a circular motion filling the paper grain.
9. Use overlapping lines to add tone to the face.
10. Continue until happy.
Cat Sketches 2
Here we will try to capture a playful moment when a cat reaches up to take hold of its owner's foot.
1. A quick oval for the head.
2. These two curving lines are almost vase shaped. We will place the body here.
3. Two visible legs.
4. Start to sketch in features. Here we have the ears and eyes and folds of fur on the body.
5. Begin the foot.
6. The curve of the heel.
8. Use parallel lines to add tone to the cat.
9. Now we can add detail to the cat. I use loose lines to sketch in the ears, eyes and so on. I show the other paw reaching up to the foot.
10. I continue down the body sketching in markings and folds, all very simple.
11. I go over the same ground, strengthening the markings and features.
12. I add shading to the foot and trouser leg. All very loose. Note the folds in the cloth.
A simple but effective little sketch taking a very short time.
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