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Draw a Cat in a Box in Quick and Easy Steps

Draw a Cat in a Box in Quick and Easy Steps

Did you ever think that learning how to draw a cat in a box would be so easy? 

Follow this incredibly easy step by step to draw this cute kitten in a matter of minutes.

At the end of this you’ll have a delightful surprise peaking outside a box. 

Let’s get started!

Drawing Supplies Needed

You can use any drawing supplies to draw a cat in a box, but here are the best tools for drawing.

Step 1: Drawing the box

Step 1: Drawing the box

Let’s start with a box, but we’re going to be using perspective so it won’t be a simple square. Draw a diamond on its side.

Step 2: Draw ends of the box

Step 2: Draw ends of the box

At the ends of the bottom 3 points, extend a line downward. Make sure the outer two lines are angled inward just a little bit.

Step 3: Draw line to connect points

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Draw a horizontal line to connect the points together.

Step 4: Sketch flaps of box

Step 4: Sketch flaps of box

Now, back to where the diamond peaks on the bottom 2 sides (3 corners) create small lines facing left on one side and right on the other. We are going to map out the flaps of the box!

Step 5: Connect short lines with horizontal lines

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Connect those shorter lines with a horizontal line as we did for the main panels of the box.

Step 6: Erase overlapping lines

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Erase the overlapping lines.

Step 7: Sketch circle for head of the cat

Step 7: Sketch circle for head of the cat

At the left side of the box create a circle so the bottom 1/3 of the circle is inside the box, and the rest is outside of it.

Step 8: Erase overlapping lines

Step 8: Erase overlapping lines

Erase the overlapping line.

Step 9: Sketch the cat’s body

Step 9: Sketch the cat’s body

Now we’re going to map out the cat’s body. From the back of the circle we’ll make a squiggling line that gets wider at the back, and for the front of the circle just a small curved line downwards. 

Step 10: Draw ears

Step 10: Draw ears

Time for ears! Place two soft triangles at the top of the circle.

Step 11: Define the cheeks

Step 11: Define the cheeks

Let’s define those cheeks! On the side of the circle, extend the width just a bit before coming inwards and slightly up. This step should have your cat starting to look like it has mutton chops!

Step 12: Erase

Step 12: Erase

Erase the remnants of the circle.

Step 13: Draw the tail

Step 13: Draw the tail

Let’s add the tail! The tail will be going over the box so mark out a snake like shape going down the right front side of the box, getting wider at the base.

Step 14: Sketch the eyes

Step 14: Sketch the eyes

Let’s add some almond shaped eyes and a heart shaped little black nose on the face, leaving room for the mouth!

Step 15: Draw the mouth

Step 15: Draw the mouth

From the tip of the heart nose create a very round “w” shape with the top curving towards the nose, then in the space underneath the bowls of the “w” shape, add a U shape for the chin.

Step 16: Doodle the whiskers

Step 16: Doodle the whiskers

Add some whiskers! 3 on each side will be enough.

Step 17: Sketch in the pupil for the eye

Step 17: Sketch in the pupil for the eye

In the center of the almond shapes create a circle with a line in the middle for the eyes. Then, erase the lines of the box from inside the tail we made earlier

Step 18: Add shadow

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Add a shadow and some color to the cat and you’re done!

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Now, you know how to doodle a cat in this easy step by step and draw a box easily.

I’d like to thank Carolyn for sharing her process. Be sure to check out her social @ClazDesign if you enjoyed her illustrations. She also has some amazing prints and illustrations available in her shop.

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Yield: How to Draw a Cat in a Box

How to Draw a Cat in a Box

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Step-by-step instructions on how to draw a cat in a box.

Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $0

Materials

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Or tablet and stylus

Tools

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Or tablet and stylus

Instructions

        1. Step 1: Drawing the box
          Let's start with a box, but we're going to be using perspective so it won't be a simple square. Draw a diamond on its side.draw cat in a box step 1
        2. Step 2: Draw ends of the box
          At the ends of the bottom 3 points, extend a line downward. Make sure the outer two lines are angled inward just a little bit.draw cat in a box step 2
        3. Step 3: Draw a line to connect points
          Draw a horizontal line to connect the points together.draw cat in a box step 3
        4. Step 4: Sketch flaps of the box
          Now, back to where the diamond peaks on the bottom 2 sides (3 corners) create small lines facing left on one side and right on the other. We are going to map out the flaps of the box!draw cat in a box step 4
        5. Step 5: Connect short lines with horizontal lines
          Connect those shorter lines with a horizontal line as we did for the main panels of the box.draw cat in a box step 5
        6. Step 6: Erase overlapping lines
          Erase the overlapping lines.draw cat in a box step 6
        7. Step 7: Sketch circle for the head of the cat
          At the left side of the box create a circle so the bottom 1/3 of the circle is inside the box, and the rest is outside of it.draw cat in a box step 7
        8. Step 8: Erase overlapping lines
          Erase the overlapping line. draw cat in a box step 8
        9. Step 9: Sketch the cat’s body
          Now we're going to map out the cat's body. From the back of the circle we'll make a squiggling line that gets wider at the back, and for the front of the circle just a small curved line downwards. draw cat in a box step 9
        10. Step 10: Draw ears
          Time for ears! Place two soft triangles at the top of the circle. draw cat in a box step 10
        11. Step 11: Define the cheeks
          Let’s define those cheeks! On the side of the circle, extend the width just a bit before coming inwards and slightly up. This step should have your cat starting to look like it has mutton chops! draw cat in a box step 11
        12. Step 12: Erase
          Erase the remnants of the circle. draw cat in a box step 12
        13. Step 13: Draw the tail

          Let's add the tail! The tail will be going over the box so mark out a snake-like shape going down the right front side of the box, getting wider at the base.draw cat in a box step 13
        14. Step 14: Sketch the eyes
          Let's add some almond-shaped eyes and a heart-shaped little black nose on the face, leaving room for the mouth!draw cat in a box step 14
        15. Step 15: Draw the mouth
          From the tip of the heart nose create a very round "w" shape with the top curving towards the nose, then in the space underneath the bowls of the "w" shape, add a U shape for the chin.draw cat in a box step 15
        16. Step 16: Doodle the whiskers
          Add some whiskers! 3 on each side will be enough.draw cat in a box step 16
        17. Step 17: Sketch in the pupil for the eye
          In the center of the almond, shapes create a circle with a line in the middle for the eyes. Then, erase the lines of the box from inside the tail we made earlier.draw cat in a box step 17
        18. Step 18: Add shadow
          Add a shadow and some color to the cat and you're done!draw cat in a box step 18

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