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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.