how to draw a cat lying down

How to Draw a Cat Lying Down

I love drawing cute chibi animals.

These types of drawings are super cute to add to any notebook or planner and they also make great drawing projects for kids.

I’ve already done a lot of tutorials on drawing cute and kawaii animals that you can check out here.

In this post, I’m going to show you how to draw a cat lying down step by step so that by the end of the tutorial, you’ll get something like this:

add blush spots

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I am currently using an iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil to create my digital art.

But you can use any tool – a pen and paper or color pencils or Copic markers or Photoshop because the drawing method remains the same.

How to draw a cat lying down – Step by step for beginners

I always start with simple shapes so that anyone can do this drawing.

Let’s start with the top of the cat’s head. We’ll draw a line like this closer to the right side of the page.

draw the top of the cat

Next, I will draw the cat’s ears. Please note that these are triangles but they’re slightly rounded so that it looks cuter.

If you nail the cat’s ears, you’ll get the cutest cat face, I promise.

draw the ears of the cat

Next, we are going to draw the cat’s head. I’m just going to draw a giant curve like this:

draw the cat's head

Next, we’ll draw 2 eyes and a cute mouth on the cat.

draw the eyes and mouth

Now, we are going to draw the cat’s whiskers. I am just going to draw 3 whiskers on each side of the cat’s face.

draw the whiskers

Next, we’ll draw the cat’s front paws. I’m just going to draw 2 simple shapes like this next to the cat’s head. It’s okay if the lines overlap, we will fix it later.

draw the cat's paws

I’m going to draw the back leg and the tummy of the cat with 1 curve .

the belly of the cat

Last, we’ll draw the booty of the cat – I’m using very simple curves so this is extremely beginner friendly.

draw the back legs

Lastly, I’m going to draw a nice tail at the end of the cat. You can draw any type of tail you want.

draw the tail

Lastly, I’m going to erase that overlapping line of the face over the paw.

erase the overlapping lines

We’re done!

To complete our cat lying down drawing, we need to color it!

So, color the cat any color you want – I’m going to color it cream now.

color the cat

Next, I’m going to add a big pattern to the cat – and I’m going to go with this ginger yellow. You can go in with any color like grey, brown or black.

add a pattern

Next, I’m going to add blush spots to the cat to make it look super cute.

add blush spots
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You’ve learned how to draw a cute cat lying down.

You can go ahead and add this drawing to your planner or notebook to make it come to life!

Drawing Resources

I hope this tutorial was helpful to you and you enjoyed drawing this cute cat lying down You can also use this as a cat laying down drawing reference.

If you’d like to learn to draw more cute things, check out these books!

If you want to see more tutorials on drawing kawaii animals and kawaii things, please leave a comment below on what you’d like to see next!

I will be adding more kawaii drawing tutorials (animals, food, and lots of things) to this blog, so keep a lookout!

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What do you need?

A sketchbook, Photoshop, and a graphic tablet so that you can draw the kawaii characters. If you want to make stickers, you’ll need a printer and sticker sheets.

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Sara teaches you how to draw anything in a nice kawaii style. I really love these kinds of courses because they’re so easy to learn and it’s very easy to get clients because this is a really relatable drawing style.

It is in Italian but it comes with subtitles and it’s really easy to follow.

Check it out here!

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If you are just getting started with ProCreate, I highly recommend this course: Procreate for Beginners: Digital Illustration 101

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