how to draw a realistic kitten, cute kitten

How to Draw a Realistic Kitten, Cute Kitten

Step 1.

We shall begin with sketching our kitten in 3 easy steps. I apologize for the horrible lines, but I had a small problem with my tablet pen, and had to make them with my laptops touch pad , anyway, the lines you are about to draw here aren't important in the slightest , just guide lines you will fill later with fur....and stuff.

Step 2.

A pencil gives you more control doesn't it? Please not that I do not follow the steps in my tutorials in order to sketch , I have different methods , which are harder and necessitate more experience than most of you which are drawing this have at this moment. Add some fluffy lines on your outlines , to have an idea of the direction the hair is growing .

Step 3.

Now we're gonna get to the good stuff, starting with the eyes . Before you make the eyes of the kitten ,check out this minitutorial of a cat's eye. Since this is an advanced tutorial , I do not think it is necessary to explain what happens in each step, it's basic shading .

Step 4.

You should practice eyes on a piece of paper before drawing them on your kitten, you want them to look perfect since the eyes are crucial in this drawing .Also make sure to use a sharp pencil all the time, preferably a mechanical pencil which you do not have to sharpen every 2 minutes.

Step 5.

Now we're going to make some guide lines for the hair, it is essential to know in which direction the hair is growing at all times, to make it look realistic it needs to have a certain flow, wavelike .

Step 6.

As we did with the eyes, we're gonna do with the fur. Here's minitutorial on fur.Three easy steps to drawing fur, you begin with a few lines, all have to go in about the same direction , next, where the first lines are, add more of them , lots more, and darker , again, in the same direction , and finally , extend the lines, so to go inwards the white zone.

Step 7.

As you can see I have started drawing the actual fur.NOTE-USE A VERY SHARP PENCIL WHEN WORKING AROUND THE EYES AS THE HAIR THERE IS SHORTER, THEREFORE MORE DETAIL IS REQUIRED. By using the easy steps from the minitutorial, you can get this effect as well, but don't expect to make much progress, it's a process that need patience , lots of it .

Step 8.

Now comes the nose and the hair around it. The hair above the nose and between the eyes is the shortest, use short lines.

Step 9.

The fur on the forehead should be much of a problem, don't use a sharp pencil , you don't need detail there, only focus on the eyes and the area around it.

Step 10.

Remember I made this in I don't know how many hours, it should take most of you a lot more, don't rush if you want it to look good, the more time you spend on it the better it will look in the end. The white hair in the ears can be obtained using a sharp eraser on a gray surface, which you can make with a dull pencil and a qtip , use it to smudge .

Step 11.

Unlike in other drawings, where I do the background last, this time I chose not to, because if you do it last it will look like the kitten is cropped , the background and the blurry fur have to mix together so that you cannot determine where the hair ends and where the background starts. Again use a dull pencil and a qtip to make the background.

Step 12.

Same thing as before .

Step 13.

The background on the left side is done.

Step 14.

Use a sharp eraser to make the whiskers .

Step 15.

Make the paw a bit blurry, to do so, use a dull pencil , qtip, eraser for the white parts, then qtip again.

Step 16.

Now, the right side is almost identical to the left one, so there's really no point into making more steps, just do what you did on the right side.

Step 17.

After making the background above the head and a bit of light and contrast editing you should have something like this. For those who don't know , I edit the contrast and light my drawings because my scanner makes them look a lot brighter , this is how my finished drawing actually looks. I hope you enjoyed it.

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Uploaded: February 23, 2013
Artist: DuskEyes969
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 17
Updated: February 23, 2013
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Artist comments

Hello people of Dragoart ! It's been a long time since my last submission and I apologize , but since I'm in college I have less time for myself.I hope this tutorial will make it up for my absence , I've worked long hours and the result was pleasing. I really hope you'll enjoy this ,otherwise my efforts will be in vain , so have fun ^_^ !