How to draw a cat's head. Step-by-step drawing tutorial.
Updated: Nov 15
How to draw a cat's head. Step-by-step drawing tutorial. In this drawing tutorial, we will learn to draw a cat's head.
Step 1. Outline the contours of the cat's head
With light lines, sketch out the outline of the cat's muzzle. Draw parallel lines and indicate the location of the eyes, nose, and mouth.
Step 2. Add details to the cat's head drawing
Using a pointed sharp HB pencil, draw the cat's face. Remove the auxiliary lines.
Step 3. Continue detailing the cat's eyes, nose, and mouth
Now draw the eyes, nose, and mouth. We will make the light source from the top left, and the eyes are a little wider than in the photo. Then we begin to draw the contours of the white areas on the muzzle.
Step 4. Apply the contours of white and dark areas on the cat's drawing
Next, draw some lines on the ears, as well as the contours of the white areas under the eyes and in the nose area. Apply the contours of white areas on the entire muzzle and on the body of the cat.
Step 5. How to draw a cat's fur
Using 2H and HB pencils, apply strokes of the fur of different lengths and densities. To create lighter areas, the lines should be drawn away from each other; for dark ones, the lines should be drawn close to each other.
To make the fur look natural, draw only with sharpened pencils. It is very important to think about the direction of the bends of the stroke, they will help create the illusion of volume in the various parts of the muzzle under the fur. Before you start, lighten the lines of the shadow grid with a soft eraser. Remember that the strokes on the left are lighter than those on the right.
Step 6. Continue toning the cat's fur in our drawing
Continue to work from light to dark, overlaying tones. For dark areas, a 2B pencil works well, and for the darkest places, especially for the dark stripes on the right, a 4B pencil is great. At the end of the work, you will get a lot of tones, using pencils of different softness and changing the density of the lines. When drawing fur, shadow transitions can be sudden and abrupt or, on the contrary, gradual and smooth.
Step 7. How to draw the cat's eyes and nose
Now, we need to revive the eyes. First, we add light tones to the iris with an HB pencil, then with 2B and 4B pencils, circle the contours of the eyes. Make shadow transitions smooth. Use the eraser to lighten the small piece of the iris that is in the lower right corner, opposite the highlight. With a 6B pencil, paint over the pupil.
Step 8. Finish shading the cat's fur in our cat's drawing
While shading his ears and the lower part of his face, remember that the shading should be lighter on the left, as this part is closer to the light source. Use the 2H and HB pencils to work on the light areas and the 4B pencil to work on the dark areas. Take a moment and study the directions of the curves of the hatching lines.