Step by Step Tutorial 1
Step by Step Tutorial 2
Ok, to learn how to draw a cat you need to know....
Wait! Why do you really need to know how to draw a cat right in the beginning? Don't you realize that you have already YOUR OWN way to draw it?
Picasso once said that it took him so long to draw like a child.
So don't ruin this very special moment and have a go on your own.
Look a cat or imagine it and then draw it. It might be not realistic but it is YOUR cat!
Do you want to show us your cat? Submit your work then!
Try at first to draw your own cat. You might come up with something like this...
Vector graphic of a cat made with Adobe Illustrator...
....and then maybe start studying the features in a cat by following the tutorials and links provided below.
For instance, to draw a very realistic, photo-like cat you can study Carol Rosinski's tutorial here below. I put it as the first tutorial because it's the best around.
But firstly, have a look at these cats made by artists (I am using allposter.com for copyright issues, for instance the Silvester cat above is properly linked to website where it belongs to, and I hope this is enough; with allposters.com the problem doesn't exist...):
Also, have a look at works by Matisse, Rousseau, Van Gogh, Miro, Modigliani, Chagall, David Hockney. Use for instance the google images search....
And now you can explore the realistic way of drawing a cat...
Carol Rosinski is a professional illustrator and artist and art teacher who wrote a wonderful book with title and sub-title which convey very well what kind of rare teacher she is:
"Don't be misled by this book's small size! Carol Rosinski is a knowledgeable, gentle authority who will take you by the hand and talk to you while you "get started" learning to draw...
Rosinski goes beyond simple demonstration to explain the reasons and feelings that make each element essential to a good drawing. She never wants you to accept what she says as true just because she says it: she wants you to experience for yourself the point she is discussing.
With such an able guide at hand, you'll have no trouble "getting started" on a drawing project! This book is a "must have."
A few things about drawing cats.
A cat, unlike a dog, has the same propoportions in all family groups. A cat and a lion or a tiger have the same proportions.A house cat is a lion or tiger in miniature. Dogs, instead vary greatly.
However, there a differences. A cat has split pupils, while a lion, a tiger have round pupils.
Moreover, a cat's eyes are larger in the face than a lion's or a tiger's eyes.
Finally, a house cat's ears are at their base as large as their eye width. Not so for bigger cats.
Here is a step by step tutorial
How to draw a cat is basically an exercise on how to draw fur. For nthis reason I strongly suggest you nthe DVD here below.
An excellent, really excellent tutorial is this DVD by David N. Kitler.
David is really a nice teacher and gives you also lots of tips to start drawing and gradually improving to confidence. A real jewel where you can also learn how to draw fur, tricks for texture, perspective. A great introduction to the basic of art: drawing with a pencil..
"...one of the best drawing DVD's I own" by Gary, USA
"..is really amazing and helpful. In a couple of days I have changed my way of drawing animals!!! " - by Sabina from Italy
Drawing a cat from a reference photo is perhaps easier than by a real model since all animals move as they want and are not as cooperative as a human model.