Learn how to draw cats and felines using four cute examples featuring a cat, a lion, a cheetah and a tiger. I will show you how to use a basic template to create all four animals quickly and easily. In all cases, only a few details and features are different from one character to another. As long as you can draw a few lines and basic shapes, you should be able to complete all lessons below in just a few minutes. :)
First, draw a head and a body using two squares with round corners. Make sure that both shapes are joined together and that a white space is visible. Then, draw two ears using short triangles. The tip of both ears can also be round instead of sharp or pointed.
Continue working on this adorable cartoon cat by drawing two eyes using dots. The nose is represented by a small triangle. Sketch a mouth using a curved line and create whiskers using more short lines. Complete this lesson by drawing all legs, a tail and a patch on the chest of the animal.
Now that the easiest character is done, let's work on something slightly more challenging ... a lion. Start by drawing the body the head and the ears using the same recipe as the one used for the cat. Then, draw a large mane using a wide variety of short triangles.
Inside the head, add the eyes using small dots. The nose is made from a large triangle. Draw the mouth and the whiskers and then sketch a large oval shape around the mouth. Complete this lesson with the addition of the tail, all four legs and a patch on the chest. Adding colors is also a good idea.
This cartoon cheetah is quite similar to the cat drawn previously. The main difference is the fact that a large patch is created around the mouth. The nose is also much bigger and small patches are added all over the head and the body. One last thing that differs from the cat is the color used inside the cartoon character. These colors are similar, but more saturated as you can see below.
This cartoon tiger is different from the cat, but quite similar to the cheetah. Indeed, the only notable difference when drawing this version is the fact that patches are replaced by short pointed lines. The second main difference is the color used inside the character. Instead of a bright yellow color, a dark orange one is needed. Also, note that both patches are white.
I hope you had fun working learning how to draw cats and felines. More animals using the same template can be found here. Don't hesitate to get creative and sketch more animals using these tips. Have fun unleashing your creativity and don't forget to practice as much as possible. That's the most important advice if you want to get better at drawing.