I was fairly uneasy before creating these cat drawings because I wasn't sure that I was going to be able to manage a credible likeness.
No-one was more amazed than me when I started these drawings of cats and one after the other was actually turning out ok.
Now, I'm not saying my cat drawings are great but I'm fairly satisfied with my first attempts. This is what I want you to be able to achieve, too.
When you initially start to draw, you will be thrilled with all of your attempts providing you can accept that your drawings are not going to be first rate -- it's a part of the game.
I like to find the simplest way to complete drawings so I can keep my confidence at a reasonably high level.
All you need to do is to look closely at the outline and copy it. Don't worry if your first line goes in the wrong direction because this happened to me, too. We let our preconceived ideas of how this particular animal looks to dictate the movement of the pencil but we soon find out it's wrong. You have to stay focused on the true direction, re-draw that line again and continue copying to the best of your ability.
Look closely at the first line you have drawn and carefully compare it to your reference picture.
Concentrate on copying line for line rather than on your own drawing. This puts your mind in neutral and you will have much more success this way.
The other alternative is to construct the subject with a series of square and circular shapes. I don't have much success with this method but it could be of more benefit to you. It's something you have to experiment with to discover which is the best way.
If you have a cat as part of your family, you will be aware that they have a little personality of their own.
They truly do bring us joy -- most of the time!
I had a beautiful cat called Munchee - he was 16 years old when he died.
He was very clever and he understood every word I said.
This drawing is very much like him - we sure do miss him still.
Cats don't sit still long enough for you to sketch from real life -- unless they are sleeping, of course.
Using a photo is the next best thing but it must be a very clear photo, especially around the eyes, otherwise, it's too hard to guess that kind of detail. It only takes one small thing to be incorrect and it throws the whole drawing out.
Draw a rough outline lightly from the photo. You want a quick and easy cat drawing so you only need to do a line drawing.
A single line is ok for short hair or you can do short quick strokes if you are drawing long hair.
This sketch of a cat licking its paw didn't take long at all.
See how you can draw cats by reducing them to this simple form? Imagine how you much fun it will be once you start learning how to add effects and creating original drawings. That all happens in stages so please be patient!
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The Ancient Egyptians considered cats sacred.
To them, they symbolized grace and poise.
Egytians revered them so much, they mummified them after death, showing the same respect they gave to humans.
Cats were protected to such a high degree that is someone killed one, it meant the death penalty for that person.
It is for these reasons that they included cats in their works of art.
I have done this Egyptian Cat drawing to show you how they portrayed them.
Even though it doesn''t look all that attractive, I do like Egytian Art.
With all the practice I am getting lately, I am growing in confidence. Subjects I would normally shy away from are starting to look quite do-able. If you are learning to draw the same time as me, I hope you are going ahead in leaps and bounds with your art.
This drawing of a persian cat is sketched with the perspective of paws tucked under his body.
It's funny how people see things differently, my friend thought the head was too big for the short legs!
You see, I should have put in a line underneath the cat to portray the surface he was on.
Lesson learned, but really it's all trial and error when you teach yourself to draw.
Considering I didn't think I could achieve any real resemblance, initially I was fairly satisfied with this cat drawing.
Here is an outline of a cat stretching, which is a very simple sketch.
I used a mechanical pencil with a 2B lead for all of these cat drawings.
I do that when I'm feeling lazy because it saves me from sharpening the pencil all the time.
For the shaded cat drawings, I used a H lead, which is a hard lead and it just colors slightly.
I hope you try copying these drawings of cats by using the outline for a start.
Once you get the hang of it and you begin to 'see' what you are drawing, you will have an enjoyable time with good results.
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