Drawing comes naturally to young children. Whatever be the medium, drawing as a form of creative expression has numerous developmental benefits for kids. Drawing a cat is one of the easiest activities that can help in starting their artistic journey. Here’s how you can teach your little one to draw a cat!
What You Will Need for Drawing a Cat
Cats are a popular choice for pets. In spite of their mischievousness, these cute, furry felines are also fiercely independent, curious, and loyal and can make amazing lifelong companions for your child. Teaching kids how to draw a cat can nurture their love for animals. Drawing animals can be quite tricky, but once you’ve got it right, it can be rewarding. To make your drawing look as convincing or life-like as possible, you need to observe, make a quick sketch, recognise the structure, and finally refine you’re drawing.
To start off, collect reference photos, make quick sketches, choose a pose, draw the skeleton, add some muscles, focus on the distribution of weight, draw the face, eyes and refine the other facial features, add the stripes and finally, the shadow to indicate the ground. Beginners only need a pencil, non-dust eraser, drawing paper, black marker, and colouring supplies to start drawing a cat. You might consider drawing using a printable template, too, for little kids who are just starting off.
Cat Drawing for Kids in Six Easy & Simple Steps
Learning to draw a front view image of a cat is the most simple activity for kids. Here is an easy, step-by-step guide on how to draw a cat.
1. Draw the Head and the Belly of the Cat
To draw a cat, first draw an outline of the cat belly as shown in the figure below (a tilted, big oval circle). Then, on the top of this circle, draw a smaller oval shape or a small circle for the cat’s head.
2. Draw the Cat’s Hind Leg and Ears
On the face or the smaller circle that you have drawn, draw two triangles to make the cats ears. At the bottom half of the lower circle, draw a ‘C’ for the car’s thigh. Then, draw a long u-shape for the hind leg and the paw at the bottom. Then, draw the toes at the end of the paw.
3. Draw the Cat’s Forelegs and Bow
Now, imagine a line running through the centre of the cat’s belly. Draw a large w-shape to form the forelegs as shown in the figure. Once again, draw the paws and the toes. Then, draw a bow across the line that separates the cat’s face from the rest of its body.
4. Draw the Cat’s Eyes
Draw two small circles for the cat’s eyes on the cat’s face. Fill in two smaller circles for the pupils.
To polish whatever you’ve drawn so far, erase any extra lines or curves. And, draw a small curve on the top of the w-shape you drew for the forelegs. Refer to the image given below for a better understanding.
5. Draw the Cat’s Nose, Mouth, and Tail
Draw a small circle just below the centre of the cat’s eyes to form the nose. From this circle, draw two curves, each ending in the opposite direction. If you look closely, the curves look like a horizontal ‘3’. There! You’ve just drawn the cat’s mouth.
Then, draw two lines starting from the back of the bottom circle (from behind the hind leg and join them to make a nice, fluffy tail.
6. Draw Details and Colour the Cat
Adding details, such as patches, sharpen the toe outlines, etc. and colour the cat in the colours of your choice!
Apart from developing fine motor skills, drawing encourages visual analysis, helps establish concentration through practice, improves hand-eye coordination, and develops social skills and creative problem-solving in kids. Therefore, motivate your child to pick up the pencil and ensure you display his personalised artworks on the living room walls, the refrigerator, etc.