In this lesson, you will learn to draw a cartoon Felix the Cat using simple shapes and colors. This adorable character is without a doubt the first and most popular cartoon character to be featured in movies. It was created in 1919 by Pat Sullivan and Otto Messmer.
Of course, this character was also featured in comic books and in tons of cool merchandises. It was also one of the first character to air on television, starting in the early 50s. Let's see how we can draw this iconic character in just a few simple steps.
First, let's draw a few basic shapes to create a template. This first step is crucial to work on proportions and get the posture right. As you can see below, the head is made from a large circle. The arms and legs are represented using thin rectangles. The hands, the feet and the body are made from small oval shapes. Once your template is created, you can proceed to the next step.
It's now time to draw the silhouette of the cartoon character using basic lines. Shapes created in the previous step are now colored in gray to improve the readability of this step. Don't forget to draw tiny ears using triangles. Small hairs are also added on the left side of the head. Notice how the hands are thick and made from perfect curved lines. Once you are done with this step on how to draw Felix the Cat, you can erase all gray shapes.
Inside the head, you can sketch two large oval shapes to form the eyes. Notice how the eye on the right is much smaller than the other one. The nose is done using a small oval shape. You can also draw the tail using a long curved line. Make sure the tail is short and larger near the end.
Inside the eyes, you can draw pupils using small oval shapes. Once again, make sure the pupil on the right is slightly smaller. Another long curved line is drawn on the bottom of the head to form the patch around the mouth. Nice work! We are almost done with this cool tutorial!
Small short lines are added inside both hands. You can also create the mouth using two long curved lines. The tongue is drawn using two more lines. Another short line is added on the left side of the mouth. That's it for the drawing aspect of this lesson. It's now time to add some colors inside the character.
This cute cartoon Felix the Cat is rather easy to complete. The whole character is colored in black except for a few simple areas. First, the eyes are colored in white, just like the patch located around the mouth. The tongue can be filled in red. Lines located inside the hands and between both legs must also be colored in white.
That's it for this lesson on how to draw Felix the Cat. Below, you can see all steps required to illustrate this fun character in just a few easy steps.
Don't hesitate to draw more versions of this amusing character using different postures and shapes. You can find more famous cartoon characters to illustrate here. Have fun and don't forget to practice as often as possible. More simple cats can also be found below. :)
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