Cats and humans have enjoyed a long history together. Archaeological evidence from China, Egypt, and the Middle East indicate that cats were hunting mice near agricultural storehouses - and eating table scraps - thousands of years ago. The first solid evidence of domestication - breeding cats for the specific purpose of catching mice and living alongside people - dates to 1,500 B.C.E.
Would you like to draw a cute cat face? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is here to help. All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser. You may also wish to use crayons, markers, colored pencils, or paints to shade your finished kitty.
Cats were regarded as religious icons in some ancient societies, especially in Egypt. As such, they were often depicted in art. Later, cats, especially black cats, were associated with witches and thought to possess magical powers.
Today, cats often enter the art preferences of pet lovers. They are also featured in animated films and related artwork. For example, cats are a common addition to anime cartoons.
1. Begin by drawing an oval to outline the cat's face.
2. From each side of the oval, extend a long, curved line. At the bottom of the line, connect short, curved lines in a jagged zigzag pattern. This forms the cat's cheeks, complete with tufts of fur.
3. Connect the tufts using a long, curved line, to completely enclosing the face. Notice the pointed bulge in the line indicating the chin.
4. On each side of the head, draw three curved lines extending outwards and meeting in a point - forming a curved triangle. This is the cat's ear. Repeat on the opposite side.
5. Erase the guide line of the original oval.
6. Add detail to the ears. Draw a curved line within the ear, parallel to its exterior. At the base of the ear, use very short lines outline the head, giving it a furry texture.
7. Draw the cat's eyes. For each eye, use two curved lines to enclose a rounded shape with points on each end. Shade the exterior points. Within the eye, draw a circle within a circle. In the smaller circle, draw two ovals of different sizes, giving life to the eye. Shade the smaller circle, indicating the pupil. Add depth by placing a curved line above each eye. For the eyebrows, form a curved shape using two curved lines - meeting in a point on one end and a blunt, rounded intersection on the other.
8. Draw the nose and mouth. Begin by extending faint lines downward from the eyes. This outlines the snout. Connect these lines by enclosing a small, irregular shape, somewhat like a rounded, upside down triangle. Beneath the nose, draw two curved lines in the shape of a wide "W" to form the mouth. Above the "W," draw dots to indicate the growth of whiskers. Add depth to the chin by drawing a small curved line beneath the "W."
9. Extend long whiskers - long curved lines - from the dots on each side of the mouth. Add the texture of fur to the forehead and cheeks using short, curved lines that meet at jagged angles.
10. Color you cat. Domestic cats come in a wide variety of colors - solid white, orange, black, or grey; stripes of black and grey, called tabbies; striped shades of orange, called marmalades; or even spots. White cats with black and orange spots are called calicos, and Siamese cats typically have cream colored fur with brown noses and ears.
Have you ever wanted to be able to draw a beautiful rose? This easy step-by-step drawing tutorial outlines the steps necessary to draw a cartoon style rose, complete with leaflets.
This project has a lot of details, but you can complete it easily by carefully following the instructions below.
In each step, previously drawn lines are black and the new lines added to the sketch are blue in color.
You won't need any special tools to complete this sketch. Follow this simple guide using any type of paper, as well as a pencil, pen, marker, or other writing tool. If you'd like, you can color your finished product.
Would you like to draw a beautiful flower? Doing so is simple with this drawing tutorial. By following the step-by-step instructions in this drawing guide, you will soon be able to sketch your own rose, complete with leaves and a stem.
You will not need any special tools to create this drawing, only paper and a writing implement - a pencil, a pen, or a marker.
Sketch lightly at first, as you will be erasing some of your lines as you go along.
There are many details in this drawing, but the illustrations below show you each step. In each image, the blue line is a new addition to the drawing.
"The eyes are the window to the soul." So states an antiquated maxim. To scientists, however, the eyes are very interesting. For example, researchers are currently developing technology that could use patterns in the iris of the eye to identify people, much as the fingerprint is used currently. Movies and television have long depicted such technology, but it may soon become a reality. In fact, some airports are already testing this 'eye ID' technology.
To artists, the eyes hold another interest. The eyes are surrounded by many, many small muscles, and the movement of these muscles is an indicator of emotion on the human face. Our eyes, for instance, can show whether we are happy, sad, angry, frightened, excited, or bored.
The eyes, then, are an important means of expressing these emotions in the visual arts, yet many artists find the eyes to be one of the more difficult portions of the human face to capture accurately. What is more, it is almost paradoxical that the eyes are one member largely responsible for our ability to draw the eyes of another.
Almost every drawing or painting of humans or animals includes eyes, whether open or closed. As such, many styles have developed. The simplest eyes involve nothing more than a solidly shaded dot. Other simple eyes consists of a circle with a shaded dot inside it. The Japanese manga and anime art styles often lend straight lines and squared corners to the shape of the eye.
Would you like to draw a pair of eyes? Perhaps you are working on a portrait of a friend or family member. Now, the complicated task of drawing realistic human eyes is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing guide.
All you will need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and an eraser. You may also want to use crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints to shade your finished drawing. Notice that each step of this drawing guide includes an illustration as well as explanatory text. New lines added in each picture are highlighted in blue.