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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.”
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Pete the Cat Coloring Page
Materials for Drawing Pete the Cat
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
- Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
- Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.
Directions to Draw Pete the Cat Step by Step
Time needed: 1 hour.
How to Draw Pete the Cat
- Start the body with the shape shown.
- Add the head above it
- Draw the eyes, nose, whiskers and a short neck.
- Start the four legs.
- Draw two front shoes.
- Add two back shoes.
- Draw details to all four shoes.
- Draw a tail and horizon line.
- Trace the drawing and color.