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Uploaded: July 30, 2011
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 6
Updated: July 30, 2011
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Well folks, there is a lot more lessons coming your way today but I’m not sure which order to submit them in. I started with Trollface and then moved onto Ninjago, but now I think I’m going to take a step nto Japenese culture and submit a tutorial on "how to draw Lucky Cat", step by step. If you are familiar with the name, than you know that this cat has been around since the 1600’s. The Japanese name for this ceramic cat is actually Maneki Neko, and it is a Japanese sculpture that is said to bring good luck to the owner that has one. These ceramic sculptures are made in the image of a cat with a very simple expressive face. These figures come with one hand raised either the right or left, or you can also find them with both paws raised. You will often see these cats on display in various places in Japan like restaurants, stores, and other establishments. The Maneki Neko can also be found for purchase in the form of a piggy bank, key-chain, and other various objects. I have even seen this sculpture a few times in Asian style restaurants and I always wondered what they were. Along with the cat, they almost always have a tag attached to the collar with Japanese writing on it. Remember when I said that you can find these ceramic cats with either the right or left paw raised? Well, there is actually a meaning for the different paw poses. If the right paw is up, this means that it is protecting your money or money, but if the left paw is up this is a gesture that is supposed to attract money. I think this is a neat creation, and I wouldn't mind owning one of these figures. Even though I don’t have one now, I can still have one on paper and so can you because I am going to show you how you can "draw a Lucky Cat" or Maneki Neko too. When you’re done be sure to post the drawing on your wall so it too can bring you money, or protect your money. Have fun guys and thanks for joining me once again.

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How to Draw Lucky Cat, Maneki Neko, Lucky Cat

how to draw lucky cat, maneki neko, lucky cat step 1

STEP 1.

Start by making a circle for the head and then add the facial guides.
 
how to draw lucky cat, maneki neko, lucky cat step 2

STEP 2.

Using the shape you just drew, sketch out the actual shape of the cat's head like you see here. The small mounds are the ears and the separate line under the face is going to be the collar.
 
how to draw lucky cat, maneki neko, lucky cat step 3

STEP 3.

Draw in the ear detailing and then make thick closed eye lids that are in a very happy expression. Draw in the nose and mouth, and then add the whiskers.
 
how to draw lucky cat, maneki neko, lucky cat step 4

STEP 4.

Here all you have to do is draw out the rest of the cat's body and be sure to draw in the arm and paw that you cant to be up. The legs are just lumps so when this is done move to step five.
 
how to draw lucky cat, maneki neko, lucky cat step 5

STEP 5.

Lastly, draw in the tag attached to the collar, and then draw in the lines that form the legs. Sketch in the toes on all four paws like you see here. Erase the lines and shapes and then move to see how your finished drawing should look.
 
how to draw lucky cat, maneki neko, lucky cat step 6

STEP 6.

Here is how the adorable cat looks when you are all done. Color it in to resemble a traditional Japanese cat, or use a solid shade.