How to Draw a Cat Head, Draw a Realistic Cat

Artist: finalprodigy / July 21, 2011

Step 1.

Here are the pencils that I used for this tutorial. HB was used for sketching and dark shading. I used F for dark lines and H for light lines.

Step 2.

Start out with a basic sketch of the cat's head. Refer to the orange and blue guidelines if you need them. Don't get caught up in detail and keep your lines very light.

Step 3.

Once you have your sketch go in and define the features a bit more. I used an F pencil for this. I find it easier to start with the eyes and work my way outward.

Step 4.

Finish up defining the lines and sketching in the fur stripes. Make sure that your outline is nice and solid.

Step 5.

Take a second to shade your background in a bit. This makes the foreground pop out a bit more.

Step 6.

Lightly shade in the darker spots of the cat. Use a cloth or tissue to get your shading fairly smooth.

Step 7.

Start shading from top to bottom starting with the ears. I used an F pencil for the darker lines and an H for the lighter ones.

Step 8.

Skip the forehead and shade in the eyes.

Step 9.

Now, bridge the gap between the ears and eyes. Pay attention to line direction when drawing the fur. Keep your lines short and confident.

Step 10.

Shade in the rest of the face. Notice how I roughly erased whiskers around the outside of the mouth in preparation for the next step.

Step 11.

Start finishing up the drawing by defining the torso and whiskers. It's interesting how much of a difference adding a few whiskers can make to your drawing!

Step 12.

Finish up your shading and fix as many mistakes as you can catch. And there you have it! That's how I draw my cat portraits. I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. Let me know if you try it out!

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