how to draw cats using several cute examples

Knowing how to draw cats is something that most kids learn pretty early in life. These adorable animals are everywhere on social medias too. Memes, videos, avatars ... it's hard to spend an hour online without stumbling on a cute picture of a feline doing something funny. In this page, you will find all the most amazing and cute lessons from this site featuring this popular creature.

You will have the opportunity to draw simple versions made from basic shapes like circles or rectangles. Some of these cartoon cats will be colored in brown while others will be gray or black. Near the bottom of the page, complex animals filled with shadows, textures and highlights are also available for advanced artists. Ready? Let's start this fun drawing journey now ...

Using rectangles to create a simple cartoon cat 

First, let's create a simple cat mostly made from a single rectangle. Since this basic shape is easy to create, adding all details and features once the rectangle is made is pretty easy. You can start by drawing tiny ears using triangles. The tail is represented by a short curved line. Eyes are large and done using perfect circles. Notice how both sides of the eyes are cropped by the rectangle.

Then, sketch the nose using a triangle. Whiskers are made from pointed lines. More lines are needed for the mouth. Straight lines are needed to form the arms while legs and feet are done using curved lines. Don't forget to draw a patch on the chest. Add simple plain colors inside the illustration and you are done!

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drawing circles to create another adorable character

You can also draw cats using curved lines and circles like the template found below. This tutorial is definitely one of the most popular from this site. The head of the cat clip art is made from a circle that is slightly irregular (the top is narrower). The body is created from a tiny rectangle.

All four legs are made from perfect curved lines. For the eyes and the pupils, large circles are required. Small triangles can be used for the ears and the nose. Don't forget to add small reflections inside the pupils. This cat is colored in gray. Notice how the final illustration was created without outlines and strokes.

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Let's create something slightly more complex

So far, both characters were made from simple shapes like circles and rectangles. Although this next picture is also featuring a basic animal, this one is a little bit more challenging to duplicate. The head and the body are made from long curved lines done using soft corners.

You can use the same recipe for the ears. Eyes are represented by small dots. A tiny triangle is used to form the nose. Short lines are needed for the whiskers and the mouth. A large patch is drawn on the chest. Add colors inside the character and make sure that the nose and the tail are darker. You can draw cats that are slightly different using this example if you want to!

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a hand-drawn character with attitude

This other cool cartoon cat is also mixing a few basic shapes in the creation process. This time, the animal is mostly made from circles and small triangles. You can draw the head using a circle and the body using a triangle. Eyes are made from dots and patches are added inside the body and head.

The nose and the ears are created from large triangles. The whiskers and the mouth are done using irregular lines. The character is colored in orange while patches, the eyes and the nose are brown. You can also learn to draw this cat picture using a cool video. 

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say hello to a veteran from the early days!

This cute cat illustration is probably one of the first feline to appear on this site a decade ago. It was made from a software that doesn't exist anymore (in it's actual form anyway). Simply draw a large rectangle to form the head and the body.

Draw a line near the middle and sketch the eyes above. Create the ears by removing the top part of the rectangle. All four legs are made from curved lines. Don't forget to add details like whiskers and the mouth using short lines. Gradients are added inside the animal (gray). All strokes and outlines are black and really thick. I like to draw cats that are simple and cute!

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Another fun cat filled with more details

Using various basic shapes like circles, triangles and rectangles, you can start by creating a template to help you draw accurate proportions. Then, sketch this illustration of a cat using mostly curved lines. Small hair are added near both cheeks. Notice how the chin is slightly pointed and sharp.

All four legs must be round and small. You can draw perfect circles to form the eyes and the pupils of the animal. Whiskers are done using long pointed lines. The mouth is made from two curved lines. The cartoon cat is colored in brown. Learning how to draw cats is easy using these simple lessons! :)

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One nice happy cat to illustrate!

This next version is also visually interesting. All lines are made from pointed ends and the body and head are included inside the same shape. Ears are created using short triangles while the arms and legs are done using rectangles. The facial expression of the character is rather unique.

Notice the size and the simplicity of the smile. Eyes and pupils are made from perfect circles. The addition of eyebrows is also very appealing. This character is filled with brown colors and all strokes are also brown (instead of black, like most characters we have created so far).

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It's not halloween yet ... but Let's draw cats that are black!

We are slowly moving towards tutorials that are more complex, but also visually more appealing. This cat clip art is created from a mix of simple shapes. The body is long and thin while the head is round and flat. Unlike all previous characters, both pupils are filled with a bright yellow color.

Long hair are also visible on top of the head and near the cheeks. The nose and the mouth are extremely small compared to the rest of the character. Simple shadows were also added inside the head, the ears, the body, the legs and the tail. You can see more shadows below the nose and around both eyes.

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A simple cat with simple shadows and textures

We can also learn to draw cats that are filled with simple details like hair, shadows and textures. This next cat illustration is a good example of a simple template turned into something slightly more complex. First, the head and the body are done using squares and rectangles. Ears are made from triangles. Then, short hair are created all around the silhouette of the subject.

The nose, the eyes and the mouth are also made from basic elements. You can add brown colors inside the picture. Notice how most outlines are also filled with basic colors. Finally, don't hesitate to draw subtle shadows and textures inside the image to complete this lesson.

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One last version filled with complex digital effects

This last example of a cat drawing is more difficult to draw for several reasons. First, the character is drawn using a side view. Then, both eyes and pupils are different in sizes. Gradients are also added to the picture. Dark shadows are drawn on more body parts like the ears, the tail, the body, the head, below the eyes, the chest and the legs.

Reflections and highlights are also added to create more contrast inside the image. Just like we did for the previous cartoon cat, you can also modify the color of all lines to create a more appealing picture.

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Nice work! I hope you had fun learning to draw cats using all the examples found on this page. Practicing is the key and it can be a good idea to draw more versions of these lessons using various shapes, lines and colors. You can also mix these lessons and create your own characters! More animals can be drawn here!

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