How to Draw a Cat Holding a Balloon

It is no secret that cats are pretty talented creatures, and many pet owners have a reasonable belief that they could take over the world if so inclined… in the meantime, let’s celebrate the beauty and intelligence of these remarkable creatures by drawing a cheerful scene: an adorable cat, enjoying holding a balloon!


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Begin with a black fine liner pen, and draw a small circle in the center of your page. Add a short line descending from the center, and curl this off to the left and the right.


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Add a few small dots all around the curved lines, ready for your cat’s whiskers.


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Then, add another two small circles above the original one, roughly in line with the ends of the curved lines…


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And add smaller circles inside these, leaving a curved section to the right. Fill in the section to the left of the line with the black, to give your cat some sharp eyes.


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Add a slightly curved line above the eyes, and then add another line to either end, this time curving up at a 45-degree angle towards the top corners of the page.


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At the end of these lines, bring the line in, creating a sharp point, and resulting in two long, thin “spike” shapes – these are the ears.


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Return to the point at the top, and bring another short line down on both ears to create two triangle shapes.


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At the bottom, add a short jagged line to connect the two lines together, and create the inside of the ears.


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Then, bring the line out and down in a large curve, and repeat this on the other side to create the outline of the face. Leave the two lines unconnected for the moment.


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On the left-hand side, bring two parallel lines curving out and across, and join them with three bumps. This will be your cat’s left arm!


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Repeat this on the right, this time angling the lines downwards, to create the second arm.


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At the bottom of the arms, bring two more parallel lines down towards the bottom of the page – these should be slightly curved.


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Add three bumps to the bottom of both lines, and then bring short lines up and in to create the legs.


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Connect these with a curved line in the center…


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And then add two curved, parallel lines to the back, joined with a curved tip, to create a tail heading off to the left.


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Add a tiny “U” shape to the right-hand arm, just above the paw…


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And then draw a long, curved line just brushing the right-hand edge of this. Bring the line up to just above the ears, and extend the bottom line just below the paw. Add another two lines branching off this central one, starting just above the paw.


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Return to the centerline, and add a small triangle to the top. On the top of this, add a large oval shape to create the balloon.


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Then, add a balloon shape to the left-hand line, and the top of the balloon above these – it is hidden behind the ones in front.


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Next, add three curved lines to the face of your cat – one angled beneath each ear, and one in the bottom left-hand corner of the face.


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Add a few more semicircles – one each on the left and right of the body, one on the left leg, and one on the tip of the tail. Then add a small circle to the center of the left paw.


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Add a few small circles to the left-hand balloon…


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And a series of curved stripes to the one at the back.


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Now, add long, thin lines to the face of the cat, creating whiskers.


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Grab a red pen, and use this to add a touch of color to the nose.


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Then, use a pink pen to fill in the insides of the ears with a soft, light shade.


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Grab an orange pen, and use this to fill in the shapes on the right ear, the bottom of the face, the tip of the tail, the leg, and the right of the body.


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Next, use a gray pen to fill in the rest of the shapes, creating a gorgeous patchwork cat.


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Using a yellow pen, add color to the balloon in front.


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And then use a light blue pen for the spaces around the circles in the left-hand balloon.


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Using a green pen, fill in the balloon at the back, leaving the stripes white…


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And use a black fine liner pen to add cheerful yellow flowers to the yellow balloon.


And just like that, you gave a cute cat holding a bunch of cheerful, colorful balloons. Where did he get them? What will he do with them? You have the character ready to go – the rest of his story is up to you.

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