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Maneki Neko

Extract from 50 Things to Draw • By Ed Tadem • Published by Quarto

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50 Things to Draw
This cat is believed to bring good luck to its owner. Who couldn’t use more good luck?

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  • How to draw & paint a piece of animal art. Maneki Neko - Step 1
    Step 1

    I use an H pencil to draw a sphere for the head, a bean for the body and rounded triangles for the ears.

  • How to draw & paint a piece of animal art. Maneki Neko - Step 2
    Step 2

    Now I refine the forms and delineate the limbs. Next I add the curved facial guideline, the oval coin hanging down from the collar and other details.

  • How to draw & paint a piece of animal art. Maneki Neko - Step 3
    Step 3

    Using the guideline, I block in eyes; then I draw the nose and mouth. Next I add the spots and define the toes.

  • How to draw & paint a piece of animal art. Maneki Neko - Step 4
    Step 4

    I continue adding details, such as the triangular claws, round pupils and lettering on the coin. Then I indicate some of the darker areas.

  • How to draw & paint a piece of animal art. Maneki Neko - Step 5
    Step 5

    I start shading, filling in the spots, ears and pupils. Note that I leave highlights in the pupils.

    I darken the outline of the cat to make it look more like a statue; then I add tone to the claws, collar and coin. I also suggest the cast shadow.

  • How to draw & paint a piece of animal art. Maneki Neko - Step 6
    Step 6

    As usual, I darken the lines and shading with a B pencil. I use heavy pressure on the spots and pupils to make them look shiny and painted. Finally, I draw the dark whiskers.

    Tip: Shadows add interest to your drawing.

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