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Sketch and colour a cat with pastels
I loved how easy the PanPastels were to blend. You can dab a tiny bit of colour on your brush and create a really soft gradient as you blend it out - perfect for adding touches of colour to your illustrations.

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1143 projects »
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  • How to draw a pastel drawing. Pastel Cat - Step 1
    Step 1

    Get your kitty to pose for a photo. It's easier if you can get them looking straight into the camera and then you can draw them all symmetrical.

  • How to draw a pastel drawing. Pastel Cat - Step 2
    Step 2

    Start by drawing a circle, roughly in the shape of your cats head, right in the middle of the paper.

  • How to draw a pastel drawing. Pastel Cat - Step 3
    Step 3

    Draw a line down the middle of the head and then sketch lines vertically where the eyes nose and mouth will be.

  • How to draw a pastel drawing. Pastel Cat - Step 4
    Step 4

    Mark where the middle of the eyes will be at either side of the face and then draw another circle roughly in the shape of your cat's muzzle.

  • How to draw a pastel drawing. Pastel Cat - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now sketch the ears in place. Notice the way the inner of the ears is almost is a perfect line with the middle of the eyes?

  • How to draw a pastel drawing. Pastel Cat - Step 6
    Step 6

    Now roughly sketch in the body.

  • How to draw a pastel drawing. Pastel Cat - Step 7
    Step 7

    Draw a rough heart shape in the place of the cat's nose.

  • How to draw a pastel drawing. Pastel Cat - Step 8
    Step 8

    Trace in the mouth below.

  • How to draw a pastel drawing. Pastel Cat - Step 9
    Step 9

    Now sketch the shape of your cats eye - taking note of the shape, are they more oval or round?

  • How to draw a pastel drawing. Pastel Cat - Step 10
    Step 10

    Draw in the cats pupils. Depending upon the light, they might be round, almond or tiny slits.

  • How to draw a pastel drawing. Pastel Cat - Step 11
    Step 11

    From the inner corner of the cat's eyes, trace in the shape of the cat's nose and begin defining the shape of the muzzle.

  • How to draw a pastel drawing. Pastel Cat - Step 12
    Step 12

    Once you've got the major feature of the face positioned correctly, you can begin sketching in the fur. Use the width of the eye to calculate how wide to go with the fur.

  • How to draw a pastel drawing. Pastel Cat - Step 13
    Step 13

    Lightly sketch in the body fluff.

  • How to draw a pastel drawing. Pastel Cat - Step 14
    Step 14

    Using a slightly darker pencil, go over the features again, refining and refining until you're happy.

  • How to draw a pastel drawing. Pastel Cat - Step 15
    Step 15

    Remember to keep the main feature relatively symmetrical.

  • How to draw a pastel drawing. Pastel Cat - Step 16
    Step 16

    Then begin lightly sketching in the designs and directions of the fur. Sketching any markings to guide you.

  • How to draw a pastel drawing. Pastel Cat - Step 17
    Step 17

    When you're feeling brave, begin adding touches of colour to your drawing using the pan pastels and a sponge brush. Start very lightly at first - at the brightest points in the fur and then lightly brush out the way blending into the white of the paper.

  • How to draw a pastel drawing. Pastel Cat - Step 18
    Step 18

    Continue working your way around the face, adding the most distinctive markings first.

  • How to draw a pastel drawing. Pastel Cat - Step 19
    Step 19

    Continue further down the body, brushing the pastels in the direction of the fur. Making longer sweeps for longer fur and shorter ones for short haired cats.

  • How to draw a pastel drawing. Pastel Cat - Step 20
    Step 20

    When you've finished all the markings in one colour, begin blending in the other colours - one at a time.

  • How to draw a pastel drawing. Pastel Cat - Step 21
    Step 21

    Use the darker colours to fill in negative spaces, bringing out the white of the paper.

  • How to draw a pastel drawing. Pastel Cat - Step 22
    Step 22

    Continue adding more and more details

  • How to draw a pastel drawing. Pastel Cat - Step 23
    Step 23

    Only add a new colour if you really need it. Less is more!

  • How to draw a pastel drawing. Pastel Cat - Step 24
    Step 24

    When you're happy with the colours, go over the drawing with a thin black ink pen to bring out the details and dark areas.

  • How to draw a pastel drawing. Pastel Cat - Step 25
    Step 25

    Lightly sketch over the darker areas of fur, sweeping in the same direction and add the whiskers.

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