When you draw a cartoon cat face, you have permission to exaggerate all the features and get creative with the colors too. No need for brown and gray kitties here.
This cat has all the things I try to include in my drawing tutorials for elementary students:
- Simple shapes, so you can say “draw a U shape” or “draw an oval”, for instructions.
- A push towards a cartoon style, which encourages creativity more than realism.
- Large scale, to help students step outside of their tendency to draw small.
Those three reasons alone would make this cat fun for all ages, but a chance to make those rather anime-looking eyes, with the highlight spots that so many young artists are aware of these days? That just adds a cherry on top.
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Materials for How to Draw a Cartoon Cat Face
- 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 for How to Draw a Cartoon Cat Face Step by Step
Time needed: 1 hour.
Draw a Cartoon Cat Face
- Draw an oval.
- Add the nose and mouth lines.
- Draw two eyes.
- Start head and ears.
- Connect the ears. Draw a neck.
- Add ear details and eyebrows.
- Add head stripes.
- Draw whiskers. Add shiny spots to the eyes.
- Trace with a marker and color.