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Draw Pete the Cat

Learn how to draw Pete the Cat, the star of a very popular series of books. He’s made from some very simple shapes.

Pete the Cat, colored with crayons

Pete the Cat is a fictional cartoon cat, created by American artist James Dean. The series started with four books illustrated by Dean and with text by Eric Litwin. Since then, James Dean and his wife Kimberly Dean have written and illustrated the series of books.

The first book, Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, is the story of a cat whose white shoes get mucked up by various substances he steps in, but “Pete never loses his cool.” Written as a song, its refrain is “I love my white shoes”, changing to “I love my red shoes”, “I love my blue shoes”, and “I love my brown shoes”. Then he steps in a bucket of water and the colors wash off, and they became wet, but still never loses his cool, he just sings his song.

Older students might notice that this tutorial includes a little perspective as Pete’s shoes that are closer are larger that those on his back feet. Younger artists can focus on just making the shoes match. As Pete would say, “It’s all good.”

A preview of the step by step Pete the Cat tutorial



Time needed: 1 hour.

How to Draw Pete the Cat

  1. Make guidelines. Start the body.

  2. Add the head.

  3. Draw eyes, nose, whiskers and neck.

  4. Draw the four legs.

  5. Draw two front shoes.

  6. Draw two back shoes.

  7. Add details to all four shoes.

  8. Draw a tail and horizon line.

  9. Trace and color.

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