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Easy How to Draw a Black Cat Tutorial and Black Cat Coloring Page

Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial for how to draw a Black Cat and Black Cat Coloring Page. Fill it with lots of solid black color so it looks like it could blend into the night.

Black Cat Drawing

A drawing of a Black Cat, made with the help of an easy step by step tutorial.

Many students are interested in learning how to draw a black cat this time of year. One helpful tip is that they need to think about the pose of the cat, before they start drawing. Choosing one that is sitting and has its legs tucked in might look fine for a drawing. But by the time it is colored in with a dark black, all those lines disappear and it’s hard to see that it is a cat.

The best solution is to draw a cat that will make a good silhouette, as in this one that appears to be walking. It’s easy to see the shape of every leg and tail too. It’s also a good chance to make those back legs look a little more realistic as the part that turns into the hip always gets wider where it attaches.

Young artists will find this tutorial easy to do, just be sure to encourage careful coloring. A quick fill of black crayon or marker that leaves any paper showing (i.e. scribbles!) will not look as impressive as a solid black cat. That takes time, but is oh so worth it.

Getting Started with Drawing Guides

The best way to get students off to a good start to any drawing lesson is to show them how to use guides as a reference point.

You may have noticed that all of the tutorials on this website have a dashed vertical line and horizontal line running through the center of each step. If students make their own centered lines on their own paper, before drawing, they will have an easy reference to follow.

For instance, as seen in Step 1 below, this cat sketch starts with circle that is in the top right section of the paper. It’s easy for students to follow when they have their own guides on their paper too.

When students get their drawing off to a good start, there’s a better chance of them feeling successful by the time they are done. Drawing skills are all about getting the size and placement of lines on paper. Having some visual reference point to get started, will always help anyone learn how to be a little more accurate.

So does that mean students need to get out a ruler to draw a big line down the center of their paper before they start? No, that will most likely be hard to erase and distract from any finished art. Instead, they simply fold the sheet of paper in half both ways, make a crease, and unfold. The beauty is that by the time the drawing is done and colored in, the creases will disappear.

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How to Draw a Black Cat

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Black Cat Coloring Page

Black Cat Coloring page, available as a free download.

Materials to Draw a Black Cat

  • Drawing Paper. This is the good stuff you can buy in bulk for a good price.
  • Pencils. I like how this brand always makes nice dark lines.
  • Black Marker. A permanent marker will give you a dark black color.
  • Crayons. The larger packs are nice for more color choices.
  • Note: All of the above are Amazon affiliate links.

Directions to Draw a Black Cat

Time needed: 45 minutes

How to Draw a Black Cat Step by Step

  1. Draw a circle for a head.

  2. Add a simple body shape underneath it.

  3. Draw the front leg.

  4. Add a large black leg in the back.

  5. Draw the other front leg.

  6. Add the other back leg.

  7. Erase the gray lines. Draw the ears, nose and the eyes.

  8. Add a tail. Draw the grass and moon in the background.

  9. Trace the drawing with marker and color with crayons or markers..

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  1. You’re very welcome Jennifer. I was actually starting to focus on drawing right before the virus hit anyway, and of course have realized that it’s one area that works for most teachers and students these days. Happy to help!

  2. Hi Kathy,
    I love all the cat art. They are fitting very nicely into my Storybook Art classes! Your drawing lessons work so well in the distance-teaching universe in which I now find myself. Thank you so much.

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