Cat

How to Draw Cat Eyes

"An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language."
- Martin Buber, philosopher

The cat has been a beloved fixture in human life since antiquity. The ancient Egyptians worshiped temple cats, even mummifying some. In other cultures, cats were used to control rodent pests. Today, cats are most often house pets.

Did you know? In 2001, the cat became the world's first cloned pet. Her name was CC, short for "Copy Cat."

The term "cat eyes" has entered popular culture as more than just the cat's means of sight. Glasses that are pointed on the sides are referred to as "cat eyes," as is a specific style of makeup that utilizes pointed eyeliner. Both of these styles attempt to imitate the slanted shape of the cat's penetrating eyes.

Would you like to draw a realistic cat's face? This simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial can show you how. All you will need is a pencil, pen, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished cat.

How to Draw a Cartoon Cat

In this tutorial, we will draw a cute cartoon cat. The tutorial is quite easy, but if you’re looking for the simplest cat drawing tutorial, check out our How to Draw a Simple Cat drawing guide.

We will use some basic shapes to create the outline of the cat. These shapes will be erased later in the tutorial, so sketch with a light hand.

In the guide below, each step is highlighted in a light blue color.

You don't need any special pens or tools. A regular pencil, eraser, and paper are all you need. If you want, you can also color the drawing with colored pencils or pens.

You can find a video version of this drawing tutorial below, as well as a printable PDF version.

How to Draw an Anime Cat Girl

In Japanese anime cartoons, the lines between the human and animal worlds are often blurred. Human characters with animal features are common. This is referred to as Kemonomimi, meaning "animal ears."

The "catgirl" character is one example. Neko is the Japanese word for "cat." It is also used to refer to anime or manga characters with catlike features, including ears, tails, whiskers, and paws.

A number of anime and manga feature catgirl characters. These include Outlaw Star, The Star of Cottonland, Acchi Kocchi, Infinite Stratos, Fairy Tale, and High School DxD. Even non-anime cartoons, such as Treasure Planet, She-Ra: Princess of Power, Star Trek: The Animated Series, and Thundercats include these characters. Fans often create fan art by adding cat ears to their favorite characters.

Why? The answer is kawaii, or cuteness. After all, "everything can be improved by drawing cat ears and a tail on it."

Would you like to draw an adorable anime cat girl? This anime cartoon drawing guide can show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

How to Draw Firestar from Warrior Cats

"I was not a forest-born cat, but ThunderClan welcomed me, and once I proved myself as a warrior, they grew to respect me."
- Firestar, Secrets of the Clans

Firestar is a protagonist of the Warriors book series by Erin Hunter. He is an orange tomcat. Firestar has also been known by other names, including Rusty, Firepaw, and Fireheart. He is known as being courageous, loyal, brave, and kind.

Firestar began life as a "kittypet" - a kitten kept as a pet by humans, called Twolegs. He was later "drawn into the forest by a mysterious calling" in accord with the StarClan's prophecy that "Fire Alone will save our Clan." His collar snapped in a fight with a wild cat, symbolizing his breaking of ties with the human world. Eventually, he became a leader of the ThunderClan.

Would you like to draw a cartoon of Firestar from Warrior Cats? This easy, step-by-step cartoon cat drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color his fiery fur.

How to Draw a Chibi Cat

Chibi refers to a style of "super deformed" Japanese art and animation in which a character's proportions are altered for a cute effect. This can also be done to show or emphasize certain emotions, like anger or love.

The word "chibi" means "short or small." Chibi characters resemble children (or in this case, kittens) because their heads are unusually large - representing one third to one half of the character's body.

Cats are extremely common in anime cartoons and manga. Some of the most famous include Jiji from Kiki's Delivery Service, Luna and Artemis from Sailor Moon, Molly from The Ancient Magus Bride, Meowth from Pokémon Chi of Chi's Sweet Home Nyanko-sensei of Natsume's Book of Friends, Arthur of Code Geass, and Korin of Dragon Ball Z.

Some non-feline characters even take on catlike characteristics during chibi sequences. As one anime fan put it, "You guys understand that everything can be improved by drawing cat ears and a tail on it."

Would you like to draw an adorable chibi cat? This easy, step-by-step chibi cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

How to Draw a Baby Lion

Lions have been featured in artwork since time immemorial. Early examples include lion-goddess statues retrieved from ancient Egypt, and the parading lions of the Ishtar Gate from ancient Babylon. These items are on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, City, USA.

Perhaps the most famous lion cub is Simba from Disney's blockbuster animated film, The Lion King (1994). Subsequent films and television series included other juvenile lions, such as Nala, Kovu and Kiara (The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride, 1998), and Kion (The Lion Guard, 2016).

Did you know? Simba means "lion" in the Swahili language.

However, there was another famous lion cub before the reign of Simba. In 1965, the anime series Kimba the White Lion was released. This story also follows the antics of an adventurous lion cub.

Would you like to draw your own adorable, fearless lion cub? Now you can, with the help of this easy, step-by-step animal drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser. You may also wish to color your finished character.

How to Draw a Baby Tiger

According to some surveys, the tiger is most commonly cited as a favorite animal. It is the largest cat on earth, ranging through Russia, North Korea, India, China, and other parts of Asia.

Tigers are unique among big cats for several reasons. One, they actually like water. Yes, tigers like to go for a swim! Two, tigers often live in cold and snowy areas unsuited to lions, jaguars, and other cats.

Tigers have been the stuff of myth and legend since antiquity. The tiger is one of twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac. In Buddhism, it represents anger. In Korean myth, it is a guardian that brings good fortune.

In the modern mythology of television, the tiger also plays a role. In Disney animated films, tigers such as Raja (Aladin) and Shere Khan (The Jungle Book) play both friend and foe. Other film and television tigers include Daniel Tiger (Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood), Tony the Tiger, and Tigger (Winnie the Pooh).

Would you like to draw a ferociously adorable baby tiger? This easy, step-by-step animal drawing guide will show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also want to color your finished tiger.

How to Draw Simba from the Lion King

"I laugh in the face of danger, ha ha ha ha ha!"
- Simba, The Lion King (1994)

Simba is a lion prince, the heir of the Pridelands. A childhood tragedy, however, forces him to run away from all he's ever known. It is only when his childhood friend, Nala, journeys to find him that Simba returns to right the wrongs and reclaim his kingdom.

Did you know? Simba's name means "lion" in the Swahili language. The story of The Lion King drew from many sources, including the biblical stories of Joseph and Moses, William Shakespeare's Hamlet, and the Japanese anime Kimba the White Lion.

Simba has played a leading role in films such as The Lion King, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, The Lion King 1 1/2, and the 2019 remake of the original film. He has also appeared in television cartoons such as Timon & Pumba and The Lion Guard.

Would you like to draw Simba? Now you can, with the help of this simple, step-by-step Disney cartoon drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil, pen, or marker and a sheet of paper.

How to Draw a Cheetah

Cheetahs are the smallest of Africa's big cats - weighing between 70 and 150 pounds - but their claim to fame is not in their size, but in their speed. Cheetahs are the world's fastest land animal, having been clocked at speeds upwards of 70 miles per hour.

Cheetahs have played a role in human culture for millennia. Ancient Egyptian and Sumerian artwork depict tamed cheetahs on leashes. Cheetahs were a favorite palace pet for Egyptian royalty, and they were also used for hunting. This tradition continued in Asia and the Middle East, with hunting cheetahs being trained to ride horses behind their human counterparts.

The depiction of cheetahs in artwork continued in medieval and renaissance Europe. For example, a painting of Greek deities from the 1500's employs a pair of cheetahs in pulling a chariot. In modern popular culture, cartoon cheetahs have made appearances in films such as The Lion King (1994). Perhaps the most famous cartoon cheetah is Chester Cheetah, the mascot for Cheetos brand snack foods.

Would you like to draw your own sprinting cheetah? Doing so is easy with this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. You will need only a pencil and a piece of paper. In each step, add the highlighted blue lines shown in the accompanying illustrations. Lines drawn in previous steps are shown in black.

You may wish to use an eraser to remove guide lines and correct mistakes. Colored pencils, crayons, markers, or paints can be used to shade your finished drawing.

How to Draw Pusheen the Cat

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.

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.

How to Draw a Snow Leopard

The snow leopard or ounce is one of 37 species of cats found throughout the world. This long-haired big cat lives in the snowy mountains of Asia. It feels right at home at elevations up to 5,500 meters or 18,000 feet!

Snow leopards can reach a length of about 2.1 meters or 7 feet, including their 0.9 meter or 3-foot-long tail. They weigh up to 41 kilograms or 90 pounds. They have long fur on their feet that acts like a snowshoe, protecting their feet and making it easier to walk in deep snow.

Snow leopards are considered endangered or vulnerable species. Only 2,500 to 10,000 snow leopards are left in the wild. Their range includes the Himalayas, Siberia, and Tibet. Snow leopards like their space, and these solitary big cats are rarely seen, giving them the nickname "ghosts of the mountain." An individual may roam a territory of up to 80 square miles, hunting for sheep, goats, and smaller prey.

Did you know? Among its big cat cousins, the snow leopard is the only one that cannot roar.

Would you like to draw a cartoon snow leopard? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step cartoon animal drawing guide. All you will need to create a realistic drawing is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser.

How to Draw a Simple Cat

In this drawing tutorial, we will draw a cartoon cat. With the step-by-step instructions, anyone can create a great looking, easy cat drawing.

We have tried to make the tutorial as easy as possible. Each step is short and simple. If you would like to create a more challenging cat drawing, check out our cartoon cat drawing tutorial.

When you start sketching the first steps in the tutorials, don’t press your pencil too hard. Some of the early lines will be erased before your cat drawing is complete.

In the guide below, each step is highlighted in a light blue color.

You don't need any special pens or tools. A regular pencil, eraser, and paper are all you need. If you want, you can also color the drawing with colored pencils or pens.

You can find a video version of this drawing tutorial below, as well as a printable PDF version.