Draw Cats Step by Step: General Principles for Drawing
Cats are amazing animals, furry and cute, but in reality, they are not so different from their wild counterparts. Just imagine that a small copy of a panther or a cheetah lives in your home! With their naturally graceful bodies, they are simply made for hunting, and this elegance makes them an excellent subject for drawing.
The body shape of each animal is determined by two anatomical levels: skeletal and muscle structure. They can be hidden under fur and skin, but without them, the cat will be shapeless.
The cat’s skeleton can be simplified to many lines. You only need to remember the proportions and location of the joints. But as soon as you have practiced this several times, this is enough for you to portray a cat from different angles.
The easiest way to practice is to look at the photographs of cats and draw a “skeleton” schematically. After several dozens of such sketches, yes, yes, do not be surprised, just a few dozens. Of analysis will become automatic for your eye, and the hand will remember the shapes, dots, and lines.
Tip: if you want to draw cats from memory, which is called “from the head”, then try not to look at the photo of the reference sample after you start sketching – in this way you will train your memory.
When drawing, pay special attention to the spine. In cats, the back is very flexible, and this flexibility is limited only by ribs and hips. Practice sketching cats in different poses and views from different angles:
Feline musculature is more difficult to draw than the skeleton, but do not worry about this. Remember the bald sphinxes? How wrinkled and wrinkled their skin is. So, all cats have just such skin under their hair – senile wrinkled and flabby. And this despite the development of the muscular skeleton.
Develop your method or drawing techniques – from an anatomical sketch to simplified body contours. This is how you create your unique style:
Cats in different poses – lying, sitting, standing – this is what we practiced and drew. For a more detailed lesson on drawing a cat’s head and muzzle, see another link and continue working! And from these sketches, you can draw any breed with any hair and in any poses! A-frame that looks more like tracing paper is especially useful when drawing a series of works to order. For example, for reference cats of different breeds. The angle and posture remain the same, but the breeds change.
Do not throw away your sketches and best practices, even better – start each sketch on a new sheet and do not hesitate to use glass, backlight for translation, tracing paper, copy machines, scanner and printer! All your materials are exclusively your previously done work. If you feel your weakness in drawing a particular pose – practice in your free time and pleasure. Never insert such “training” into a real order – you will save your nerves, time and energy.
Besides, practice creating a series of works of different cat breeds – create your collections. If the urgent order comes up, you can always modify the finished one for the real customer and do the work faster than the deadline/take on a very urgent project and earn/establish yourself to work with new people. Well, a lot of this. Of course, only work, labor, patience, perseverance, observation, and practice, practice, practice!
Artists working in the digital painting are a little easier – create new layers, include them in sets of layers and colorize! But on the other hand, work with hands, on paper, with real materials leaves no room for error and allows you to stop on time, completing work. All works are good, all materials and techniques are good, the main thing is to draw!