This Halloween, we’re picking up right where our 2016 Magic Cat Academy Doodle left off with a subaquatic shriek-quel! Dive in with Momo the cat to help new friends and reach new depths in her adventure against the Big Boss ghost and its school of ghouls...underwater.
Feline lucky? Swim and swipe to PURR-tect the ocean and its creatures before it’s too late!
The Levels : A deep dive
Level 1 — Sunlight Zone | Aquatic foe: Immortal Jellyfish
Fun Fact: When nearing death, the Immortal Jellyfish can revert back to the polyp stage & start its life cycle all over again—and can do so an unlimited amount of times!
Level 2 — Twilight Zone | Aquatic foe: Boops Boops
Fun Fact: "Boops" derives from the Greek "boōps," meaning “cow eye.” In most languages, the fish's name refers to its large, buggy eyes.
Level 3 — Midnight Zone | Aquatic foe: Vampire Squid
Fun Fact: The Vampire squid has no teeth & doesn't hunt prey! It lives off small, organic material that falls to the ocean bottom known as "marine snow."
Level 4 — The Abyss | Aquatic foe: Anglerfish
Fun Fact: Talk about a fish gone fishin'. Instead of hunting, the Anglerfish uses its esca (or modified fin ray) to lure prey. The esca can illuminate thanks to bacteria!
Early concepts & drafts of the Doodle below
Early swimming & spells animation explorations
Early concepts for Level 1 [Sunlight Zone] & Level 2 [Twilight Zone ] : the Immortal Jellyfish & Boops Boops
Early concepts for Level 3 [Midnight Zone] & the Vampire Squid
Early concepts for Level 4 [The Abyss] & the Anglerfish
Early concepts for Level 5 [ The Trenches] & the Big Boss showdown!
Early Google Homepage image concept
Behind the scenes with Momo & Sugar
User testing pt. 1
User testing pt. 2 (ghosts can be SO transparent)
User testing pt. 3 (swiping ghosts proves effective)
Momo & Sugar on break from game development (sometimes ghosts can't take a hint)
A restless Momo & sugar the night before launch
Approx. 1 minute after launch — time for a cat nap
Want more adventures with a black cat, ghost and more this Halloween? Now, you can bring your favorite Halloween characters and pet trick-o-treaters into your space using augmented reality. Search for Halloween, Jack-o-lantern, human skeleton, cat, dog, or German Shepherd on your mobile phone.
Magic Cat Academy 2 Team
ENGINEERING & UX DESIGN
UX | Anthony Irwin
Producer | Colin Duffy
Music/Sound | Silas Hite , Jacob Howcroft
Marketing | Perla Campos
Eng team lead | Tom Tabanao
Doodle Team Leads | Jessica Yu, Brian Kaas
Momo (black cat)
Sugar (white cat)
Ripley (black cat)
This Doodle's Reach
This day in history.
Fun Fact: "Boops" derives from the Greek "bo\u014dps," meaning “cow eye.” In most languages, the fish's name refers to its large, buggy eyes.
Today’s Doodle, illustrated by Lima, Peru-based guest artist Lucía Coz , celebrates the 101st birthday of Peruvian Creole singer Eloísa Angulo, known by many as “Sovereign of the Creole Song.” A blend of Spanish, African, and native Andean influences, música criolla (Creole music) remains a vibrant symbol of the rich culture and heritage of coastal Peru, and Angulo is among the genre’s most treasured performers.
Eloísa Angulo was born on this day in 1919 in Peru’s capital city of Lima. From the time she was a child, she wanted to become a singer, and she was even known to run away from school to participate in contests held by Lima radio stations in order to make her dreams a reality.
In the early 1930s, Angulo burst onto the scene along with Margarita Cerdeña in the duo Las criollitas, which lasted some three decades. Dubbed “ La criollita ,” she became known for her beautiful and often humorous interpretations of songs like “ Araña, ¿quién te arañó? ” (“Spider, Who Scratched You?” 1972) and “ El conejito ” (“The Bunny,” 1972).
In addition to marking Angulo’s birthday, October 31 is observed in Peru as Día de la canción criolla (Day of the Creole Song), an annual celebration of the timeless and uniquely Peruvian art form to which Angulo dedicated her life .
Guest Artist Q&A with Lucía Coz
Today’s Doodle was illustrated by Lima, Peru-based guest artist Lucía Coz . Below, she shares her thoughts behind the making of this Doodle:
Q: Why was this topic meaningful to you personally?
A: Because of música criolla. I think Peruvians, especially when we’re apart from our country, find comfort in this music and its lyrics. It’s sad yet hopeful music, filled with history and connected to family traditions and memories filled with food and dancing and singing. Personally, I remember my dad talking about it and playing it on cds and vinyl.
Q: What were your first thoughts when you were approached about the project?
A: I realized i didn't know that much about the history of música criolla and its golden years. It was and is currently a pretty big deal in Peru. I had heard Eloísa Angulo's music, but without knowing who she was. I also learned about “las cinco grandes de la música criolla” (which Eloísa is a part of): all women, all empowered, all amazingly talented.
Q: Did you draw inspiration from anything in particular for this Doodle?
A: My creative process included playing Eloísa’s music loudly all day at my studio! I paid attention to the lyrics, wrote down what I liked most, and drew her over and over while listening to her voice. I ended up with the vinyl record idea because of the ones we’d play at home when I was little and because I personally think this music was at its best when it was recorded on vinyl.
Q: What do you hope people take away from your Doodle?
A: I hope people feel curious and go find more about her and the genre in general. I hope they learn more about why the 31st of October is el día de la canción criolla in Peru, who Eloísa was, and the amazing songs she performed.
Today’s Doodle honors Turkey’s Republic Day, one of the nation’s most important holidays. On this day in 1923, the Turkish parliament (called the Grand National Assembly) amended its constitution to establish the Republic of Turkey.
Depicted in the Doodle artwork is Turkey’s iconic First Grand National Assembly of Turkey Building, which housed the parliament from 1920 and 1924 and served as the site of the nation’s historic declaration of independence. Located in Turkey’s capital city of Ankara, the building was constructed in a traditional Turkish architectural style featuring the prominent use of Ankara stone, or andesite.
Since its stately beginnings, the monument has been repurposed multiple times, and today commemorates Turkey’s history as the War of Independence Museum ( Kurtulu\u015f Sava\u015f\u0131 Müzesi ) .
Happy Republic Day, Turkey!
Bugünün Doodle’\u0131 Türkiye’nin Cumhuriyet Bayram\u0131’n\u0131 kutluyor. Doodle çizimi ise cumhuriyetin ilan edildi\u011fi ilk Türkiye Büyük Millet Meclisi Binas\u0131'n\u0131 resmediyor.
Tarihte 1923 y\u0131l\u0131nda tam da bugün, Türkiye Büyük Millet Meclisi cumhuriyeti resmi olarak ilan etti ve ülkenin ba\u011f\u0131ms\u0131zl\u0131k mücadelesine liderlik eden Mustafa Kemal Atatürk ilk cumhurba\u015fkan\u0131 olarak seçildi. 29 Ekim Cumhuriyet Bayram\u0131 her y\u0131l yurt genelinde ve KKTC’de kutlanmakta olan milli bir bayramd\u0131r. Bu özel günde devlet erkan\u0131 ve vatanda\u015flar Atatürk’ü anmak için Ankara’da An\u0131tkabir’i ziyaret ederek mozolesine çelenk b\u0131rak\u0131r. \u0130nsanlar kutlamalar için caddelerde ve stadyumlarda toplan\u0131r, ak\u015fam ise geleneksel olarak fener alaylar\u0131 düzenlenir.
Cumhuriyet Bayram\u0131 kutlu olsun Türkiye!
Today’s Doodle celebrates the 142nd birthday of Bulgarian physician and microbiologist Dr. Stamen Grigorov, the first scientist to discover the bacterium essential to the fermentation of yogurt. Grigorov also contributed to the development of the world’s first tuberculosis vaccine.
Stamen Grigorov was born on this day in 1878 in the village of Studen Izvor, located in the Trun region of western Bulgaria. Passionate about science from a young age, he went on to earn a doctorate from the Medical University of Geneva, Switzerland. Following his wedding in 1904, Grigorov returned to the university to work as a research assistant.
As a reminder of home, Grigorov’s wife gifted him with some Bulgarian culinary staples, including yogurt. Intrigued by yogurt’s reputed health benefits, Grigorov decided to inspect it under a microscope. Following thousands of experiments, in 1905 he finally found what he was looking for: the rod-shaped microorganism that causes yogurt’s fermentation. The bacterium was later renamed Lactobacillus bulgaricus in honor of Grigorov’s home country.
Later that year, Grigorov took a position as chief physician at a local hospital in his hometown of Trun. In 1906, he released a groundbreaking paper demonstrating the first use of penicillin fungi against tuberculosis. He continued this research and worked as a doctor throughout the rest of his life, saving thousands of lives along the way.
In honor of Grigorov’s legacy, his home village of Studen Izvor today houses one of the world’s only museums of yogurt.
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Early research including folklore character Kuma Lisa and early concept of the final Doodle below
Sketches by Helene Leroux
O Doodle de hoje homenageia o mesatenista Cláudio Kano. Ele é considerado um dos maiores jogadores brasileiros de tênis de mesa de todos os tempos e ajudou a popularizar o esporte.
Cláudio nasceu em 18 de dezembro de 1965 em São Paulo, Brasil. Aos 10 anos, começou a jogar tênis de mesa no Clube Showa, lugar onde os melhores jogadores locais costumavam frequentar. A habilidade e a ética de trabalho de Kano impressionaram os jogadores, que o indicaram para o time São Bernardo, um dos melhores do país.
Poucos anos depois, ele estava competindo contra alguns dos melhores jogadores do mundo e, por ser fluente em inglês, japonês e espanhol, Kano rapidamente fez amizade com profissionais do circuito internacional. Depois de jogar com campeões olímpicos na Suécia por quatro anos, Kano voltou ao Brasil como um dos jogadores mais talentosos do país.
Com apenas 17 anos, Cláudio se tornou técnico não oficial da seleção brasileira, treinando jogadores mais jovens. Com carisma e disciplina além de sua idade, ele também se tornou um exemplo para as crianças de todo o Brasil. Ele conquistou duas medalhas de ouro em duplas masculinas e na modalidade individual nos Jogos Pan-americanos de 1983, o que trouxe o status de herói nacional. Kano conquistou mais 10 medalhas, incluindo cinco ouros nos Jogos Pan-americanos.
Kano também competiu nas Olimpíadas de Seul em 1988 e nas Olimpíadas de Barcelona em 1993, ficando entre os 20 primeiros em ambos os jogos.
Aos 30 anos, ele estava prestes a competir nas Olimpíadas de Atlanta em 1996, quando faleceu em um trágico acidente de moto. A estrela do tênis de mesa deixa um legado brilhante e, graças ao seu sucesso, o tênis de mesa é hoje um esporte celebrado no Brasil. Os melhores jogadores do país continuam olhando para Kano como uma inspiração.
Today’s Doodle celebrates the 139th birthday of Ecuadorian civil rights pioneer Dolores Cacuango, who spent decades fighting fiercely for the rights of the country’s Indigenous people. Cacuango was a dedicated advocate for accessible education and instrumental in establishing Ecuador’s first bilingual schools, which practiced in Spanish and the Indigenous language of Quichua.
Dolores Cacuango was born on this day in 1881 in the Pesillo hacienda in the northern canton of Cayambe, Ecuador. Like many Indigenous people before her, she began to work at a young age, and at 15 years old was forced to relocate to the Ecuadorian capital of Quito to become a servant. With new insight into the troubling racism and class inequality facing her people, Cacuango returned home committed to the struggle for change.
Back in Pesillo, she became a leader in the movement against the exploitative hacienda system, and through her dynamic speeches, she advocated for causes like land rights, economic justice, and education for the Indigenous community. In 1926, she helped lead the people of Cayambe in challenging the sale of their community land, setting a strong example for future movements. Some two decades later in 1944, she also contributed to the establishment of the groundbreaking Ecuadorian Federation of Indians, which united Indigenous people around economic and cultural issues. She spent the rest of her life advocating for indigenous rights for current and future generations.
Today, Cacuango’s legacy is remembered with a street named in her honor in northern Quito.
Today’s Doodle celebrates Austria’s National Day, known in German as Nationalfeiertag . On this day in 1955, Austria passed a law that declared the nation’s permanent neutrality, and the date has been reserved for the observance of the country’s National Day since 1965.
Illustrated in the Doodle artwork is Austria’s red-and-white, horizontally-striped flag. While the flag was first officially adopted in 1918, its design traces its origins back centuries to Europe’s Middle Ages, with the first iterations appearing as early as 1191.
Einen schönen Nationalfeiertag! Happy National Day, Austria!
Today’s Doodle celebrates the centennial birthday of Italian writer and journalist Gianni Rodari, widely acclaimed as one of the most influential Italian children’s authors of the 20th century. Rodari earned renown for accessible stories of fantasy that incorporated real-world social issues, including “ Il romanzo di Cipollino” (“The Tale of The Little Onion,” 1951), which is represented in today’s Doodle. In 1970, he became the first–and to this date only–Italian to win the Hans Christian Andersen Award for writing, one of the highest international honors in children’s literature.
Gianni Rodari was born on this day in 1920 in the northern Italian town of Omegna. Interested early on in children’s education, he first taught at an elementary school before he transitioned to work as a newspaper reporter. Based on his previous experience, his editors asked him to write for the paper’s children’s section, beginning his iconic career in children’s literature. By 1960 he had written enough material to publish his first book, "Nursery Rhymes in the Sky and on Earth.“
Two years later he released his hit story collection “Telephone Tales,” considered by some to be his masterpiece. Rodari went on to craft a variety of beloved literature over the following decades, earning his place as a household name in Italy. He simultaneously contributed heavily to the country’s educational reform movement.
For his contributions to children’s literature, Rodari won many major awards throughout his life, and today his works have been translated into over 20 languages.
Happy birthday, Gianni Rodari, and thank you for bringing your imagination to life for generations to enjoy.
Today’s Doodle celebrates the 150th birthday of Russian poet, novelist, and translator Ivan Bunin, who in 1933 became the first Russian to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. Widely acclaimed for his rare mastery of both prose and poetry, Bunin carried the tradition of classical Russian literature into the 20th century, establishing his legacy as one of the nation’s most revered stylists of his time.
Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin was born on this day in 1870 in the western Russian city of Voronezh. He grew up with a passion for painting—an early creative expression he later credited as an influence on his writing style. Bunin began to publish poetry and stories as a teenager, leading to the 1891 release of his first book, “ Stikhotvoreniya: 1887–1891 ” (“Poetry: 1887–1891”).
In 1901, Bunin won the prestigious Academy of Sciences’ Pushkin Prize for his book of poetry titled “ Listopad” (“Falling Leaves,” 1901). Around this time he began to turn his focus towards prose, establishing himself as one of Russia’s most popular writers. Known for his understated and musical writing style, Bunin went on to craft vivid portraits of Russia through works like “ Derévnya ” (“The Village,” 1910), the autobiographical novel “ Zhizn Arsenyeva ” (“The Life of Arseniev,” 1930), his diaries “ Okayánnye Dni ” (“Cursed Days: A Diary of Revolution,” 1936), and the book of short stories “ Tyomnye allei” (“Dark Avenues,” 1943).
An opponent of the Russian Revolution, Bunin left the country in 1920, ultimately settling in France, where he continued to publish novels and poetry for the rest of his life. \r\n
Happy birthday, Ivan Bunin!
Today’s Doodle celebrates the 110th birthday of Syrian-born Egyptian composer, singer, instrumentalist, actor, and film producer Farid al-Atrash, widely considered one of the Arab world’s great performers of his time. A virtuosic player of the stringed Middle Eastern instrument called the oud , al-Atrash forever left his mark on music and cinema in Egypt and beyond, releasing over 220 original songs and starring in 31 musical films across his prolific career.
Farid al-Atrash was born on this day in 1910 into the prominent al-Atrash family in Jabal Druze in the Syrian province of Suwayda. As a child, al-Atrash emigrated with his mother and siblings to Egypt, escaping the French occupation. Later, they were naturalized by the Egyptian government as citizens. There, he went on to pursue a musical education— inspired by his mother who was a professional singer and musician herself. Exhibiting a rare musical talent, by the early ‘30s he was singing regularly on Egyptian radio.
Al-Atrash soon began to release his own music and rose to a new level of fame with his big-screen debut–alongside his sister ( Asmahan )–in the 1941 film “ Intisar al-Shabab ” (“The Triumph of Youth”). He went on to lead a massively successful film career during Egypt’s golden age of cinema over the following decades. Meanwhile, he composed many songs considered classics of modern Arab music and through his extraordinary instrumental prowess earned the nickname “King of the Oud.”
Happy birthday, Farid al-Atrash!
All that glitters is not gold, but sometimes it comes in handy.
Whether they're near or far, make Mom a little piece of art from your heart in today’s interactive, digital card-maker Doodle.
Learn more about the inspiration that led to the creation of this Doodle on our official Google Blog.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Cut out some time to send a mom some love today! Search for ”GoogleDoodles” in Gboard , GIF Keyboard by Tenor, or the GIF search in your favorite social apps .
Below, the Doodlers behind today’s Doodle share their own MOMumental creations:
Anthony Irwin, UX Designer
Collin Irwin, Engineer
Grace Chen, Marketing
Perla Campos, Marketing
Tom Tabanao, Engineer
More behind-the-scenes of the making of today’s Doodle: \r\n
It begins! Special thanks to the Takara and McGupta Families for materials.
Early Bead Tests
Angle Reference for the Doodle G
Glitter Star Animation Frames
\u2764\ufe0f MOTHER’S DAY 2020 TEAM \u2764\ufe0f
Lead Artist | Alyssa Winans
Engineering | Brian Murray, Collin Irwin, Tom Tabanao, Jacob Howcroft, Nicole Patten, Yumi Kim
Producer | Gregory Capuano, Colin Duffy
UX Design | Anthony Irwin, Diana Tran
Sound Design | Jacob Howcroft
Marketing | Perla Campos, Grace Chen
Business Affairs Lead & Partnerships | Madeline Belliveau
Doodle Team Leads | Jessica Yu, Brian Kaas, Jeremy Silber
Today’s Doodle celebrates the 113th birthday of Jewish-Romanian author, playwright, essayist, journalist, and lawyer Mihail Sebastian, widely revered as one of the most significant Romanian writers of the 20th century. Sebastian’s 1934 novel “ De dou\u0103 mii de ani” (“For Two Thousand Years”) and his diaries “Journal 1935-1944”–posthumously published in 1996–are today considered seminal chronicles of the rise of anti-Semitism in 20th-century Europe.
Sebastian was born Iosif Mendel Hechter to a Jewish family on this day in 1907 in the Romanian port town of Br\u0103ila. He began to study law in 1927, first in Bucharest and later in Paris . He simultaneously embarked upon a prolific career in journalism, taking on literary and socio-cultural topics under the pen name Mihail Sebastian.
Sebastian developed a penchant for prose and had begun his literary rise in 1934 when he published his major work “ De dou\u0103 mii de ani,” a semi-autobiographical novel about an unnamed Jewish student navigating Romanian life during the ‘20s. Over the following decade he released numerous novels, while also channeling his own experiences into his now-famous journals, which were clear-eyed yet hopeful accounts of this difficult period in history. Through it all, Sebastian never lost his sense of humor and achieved success with bitterly comedic plays like “ Jocul de-a vacan\u021ba” (“Holiday Game”, 1938).
For his historic and courageous journals, Sebastian was posthumously awarded Germany’s prestigious Geschwister-Scholl prize in Munich in 2006.
Happy birthday, Mihail Sebastian!
Today’s Doodle celebrates the 102nd birthday of Sarawak-born folklorist and ethnographer Benedict Sandin, who served as the curator of the oldest museum in Borneo: the Sarawak Museum. A member of the Iban–one of the largest Indigenous ethnic groups in what is now Malaysia–Sandin earned scholarly acclaim as one of the world’s foremost experts on the Iban and dedicated his life to the preservation of his native heritage.
Benedict Sandin was born Sandin anak Attat on this date in 1918 in Sarawak, today a state in the country of Malaysia. His father first introduced him to the poetic Iban language, which Sandin went on to master and champion. In 1941, Sandin began work in the Sarawak civil service, and his gift for writing eventually led to an assignment as the editor of Pembrita —the first news publication in the Iban language. His articles attracted the attention of the Sarawak Museum’s curator, who recruited him to join the museum’s staff in a special post in 1952.
Soon after, Sandin was accepted to a UNESCO fellowship program in New Zealand, through which he studied museum techniques and anthropology. He returned home determined to chronicle the Iban history, culture, and language by absorbing and recording the wisdom of local genealogists, bards, and historians. As a testament to Sandin’s invaluable ethnographic achievements, he was named the Curator of the Sarawak Museum and Government Ethnologist in 1966, a position he held for the better part of a decade.
Thank you, Benedict Sandin, for safeguarding and preserving Indigenous tradition and heritage for generations to come.
How To Draw A Halloween Cat – A Step by Step Guide
For people who love all things spooky and scary, Halloween is truly the most magical time of the year!
This is a time where it’s acceptable to don scary outfits and hang macabre decorations all around your house and yard.
Cats are a common feature of Halloween decorations, due to their traditional association as witch’s familiars.
For people who love this terrifying holiday, learning how to draw a Halloween cat is a great way to celebrate the spooky season!
This tutorial in front of you right now will show you just how this can be done!
How to Draw A Halloween Cat – Let’s Get Started!
As we mentioned in the introduction to this guide on how to draw a Halloween cat, cats are traditionally considered to be the familiar of choice for witches.
For this reason, we will be giving this spooky cat a cool witch’s hat. This hat is also what we shall start with in this first step of the guide.
First, draw a squared shape for the buckle of the belt around it, and then draw the straps of the belt.
You can then use some curved lines with pointy ends for the rim of the hat, and then you can use more curved and twisty lines for the pointy tip of the hat curling over.
Step 2 – Now, draw the face of this cat
You’ve completed the witch hat for this Halloween cat drawing, and in this second step we shall be drawing the ears of the cat.
You can use some curved lines with pointy tips to add the triangular ears onto the hat. Then, draw some more triangular shapes inside the ear outlines.
Then, use some curved and pointy lines for the furry outline of the head, and then draw some large and expressive eyes.
Lastly, draw the small nose and then add some curved lines for the mouth below it.
You can then finish off this step by drawing some whiskers poking off, and then we can proceed to the third step of the guide.
Step 3 – Draw the front legs of this cat
For this third step of our guide on how to draw a Halloween cat, we will be drawing the front legs.
First, extend some long, curved lines coming down from the base of the head. These will start fairly close together and then extend outward a bit.
Use some small rounded lines at the base of these legs for the toes of the paws, and finally draw some more inverted curved lines on the inner edges for the other sides of the legs.
Once you have it looking as it does in our reference image, we will be ready for the fourth step!
Step 4 – Next, draw the back legs of the Halloween cat
Now you are ready to finish off the final outlines for the body of your Halloween cat drawing before we move on to the last details and elements in the next step of the guide.
To do this, we will focus on drawing the back legs of the cat poking off to the sides.
Use some curved lines that extend out and then in again, starting from the sides of the front legs that you drew previously.
Once you have drawn these thighs, you can then add some more little paws onto the ends of these legs. Then you’ll be ready for those final details in the next step!
Step 5 – Add the final details to your Halloween cat drawing
You’ve been doing a great job on this guide on how to draw a Halloween cat! This fifth step will be all about adding the final elements to get you ready for the final step of the guide.
You will also have the opportunity to add some extra details and ideas of your own! Before that, this Halloween cat needs a tail to really finish it off.
To add this tail, we will be adding a curved and twisty shape onto the left-hand side.
Once this is drawn, you can add any other details of your own!
These could include some cool background details such as some Halloween bats, pumpkins or any other classic Halloween symbols you can think of! How will you finish off this Halloween cat?
Step 6 – Finish off your Halloween cat drawing with color
This final step of your Halloween cat drawing will be all about finishing up with some amazing colors!
When it comes to spookiness for cats, you will most often see black cats used as they are traditionally known to be bringers of bad luck.
This may be a reputation that is somewhat unearned in real life, but nevertheless we have chosen it for the color scheme of this Halloween cat! We used different shades of blacks and dark greys for the fur of the cat.
For some contrast, we used bright yellows for the eyes as well. Purple is a common Halloween color, and for that reason we used it for the witch’s hat it is wearing.
Will you go for a similar color scheme, or do you have a different one in mind for this Halloween cat?
Bonus: Turn This Halloween Cat Into A Halloween Gift!
Halloween is one of the best times of the year for anyone who loves spooky and scary things. If you know someone who loves Halloween, you could use this Halloween cat drawing as a gift for them.
There are a few ways that you could present this as a gift, and we’re sure anyone would be thrilled to receive it. One way you could do it would be to draw this Halloween cat on a large piece of cardboard.
Then, once it’s been drawn and colored, you could add some text to turn it into a cool Halloween poster. If you would like to make this a smaller gift, then you could draw it on a piece of folded cardboard.
That way, it would serve as a greeting card to give someone once you have written a message within. If you’ve already drawn the Halloween cat and can’t do any of the suggestions, it’s not to late!
One idea would be to find a frame that fits your drawing and then place the drawing inside. That would make for an excellent gift to give someone, as it would bring some Halloween fun no matter the time of year!
Another idea is to turn this Halloween cat drawing into a Halloween decoration. If you made a series of these Halloween cats and then cut them out, you could hang them from string or a ribbon.
That way, you can hang it from the ceiling for some spooky decorating! You could also cut them out and stick them on popsicle sticks which you can stick into the ground or flower pots.
These are a few ways to turn this drawing into a gift, but how else could you present it?
Here’s how you can make your Halloween cat drawing even better…
Make this spooky Halloween cat sketch even better with the help of these fun and easy tips!
This drawing of a Halloween cat already has a witch’s hat to give it that Halloween feeling. You could add other elements in order to finish off the witch theme to make it even better!
For example, you could add a broomstick, cape or maybe a bubbling cauldron. These are just a few thematic props you could add!
What are some other witchy accessories you could add?
Another fun way to make this Halloween cat drawing even better would be by adding more cat characters to the scene. Each of these cats could also be dressed as witches, or they could have other themes!
Maybe the cats could be dressed as zombies, ghosts, monsters or any other creepy things you could expect to find around the season. This is where you can really get creative with it!
What are some other costumes that you could add to other cats in the scene?
You could also add a human character to the scene to show who the Halloween cat is hanging out with. The obvious option would be to add a witch standing next to the cat.
The witch could be drawn in a similar cartoon style to the cat or they could be portrayed in a different way. A witch is also just one suggestion, and you could add any kinds of character you like.
Who do you think could be hanging out with this Halloween cat?
Finally, adding a background would be a great way to finish off the Halloween feeling for this Halloween cat sketch. This would be a great chance for you to add all of the decorations you like to see around this time of year!
These decorations could include cobwebs, spiders, bats and gravestones to name a few. If you want to go even further, you could also set it at a creepy location like a haunted house or a graveyard.
Your Halloween Cat Drawing is Complete!
This was a really fun and spooky image to work on, but we hope that none of the steps in this guide on how to draw a Halloween cat were at all scary or intimidating for you to take on!
As long as you follow all of the steps we prepared then you’ll be drawing this awesome Halloween cat before you know it!
Once you have finished the design, remember that you can also add your own fun details and ideas.
You could turn this design into your own cool Halloween poster by adding a background, some text or other Halloween shapes and images.
If you loved this guide and are ready for the next one, you can find your next fun drawing challenge on our website!
We have a massive selection that we update often, so keep checking in to join the fun!
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Halloween Directed Draw: Not-So-Spooky Cat
By Kristian Klebofski Published: September 7, 2023 Updated: September 7, 2023
This not-so-spooky cat is an adorable Halloween directed draw! With a free printable step-by-step guide, your kids will be creating in no time.
Not-so-spooky cat is a purrfect Halloween Directed Draw
Preschoolers and Halloween activities go together like tricks and treats.
Halloween art made by little hands is one of my FAVORITE parts of the entire season and for a good reason.
Your kids will love making our famous not-so-spooky cat (I know I can’t stop at making only one myself!).
Related: Our 10-foot Halloween GIANT coloring page banner is a spooktacular Halloween activity for your artists, too!
What is a Halloween directed draw?
Directed draws are step-by-step guides that teach children how to draw an image.
Think of it as a recipe.
When we (adults) see a delicious chocolate cake, we need a recipe to guide us through making it.
We need to know what to do first, second, etc.
Along the way, we might modify the ingredients and toppings, but the recipe gets from us from beginning to end.
Directed draws are art recipes that are also a confidence boost , fine motor practice , and open to endless creativity .
Some of our other favorite Halloween activities:
- Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Cups for Water Play – Friends Art Lab
- Sizzling Science Pumpkins with Baking Soda & Vinegar – Friends Art Lab
- Spider Ice Halloween Activity – Busy Toddler
What you’ll need
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- FREE printable guide (below)
- Drawing materials – could be crayons, markers, pencils, etc. (here I used oil pastels )
- Painting materials – optional (here, I used these watercolors )
Print off the free guide and invite your child to follow the steps from beginning to end, beginning with drawing the steps on the printable.
Once drawn, add color with your favorite drawing or painting materials.
I drew mine with oil pastels and then painted it with watercolors, but there are infinite options for what to use!
Invite your child to use any colors, materials, and combinations they love.
They might want a green not-so-spooky cat.
Or maybe a yellow one with pink polka dots.
There is no right or wrong way to make a directed draw (and this is where the magic is).
Do all finished pieces look the same?
I am so glad you asked!
All finished pieces will not look the same, which is the best part.
When introducing directed draws to preschoolers, we all do them together step-by-step, but I also always remind them that they can add/omit anything they want.
Some kids draw small in a tiny corner of the paper, and others are about to burst off the page.
Some kids might add a background, accessories, or other details.
Are directed draws product art or process art?
If done correctly, they fall in the middle.
Product art is entirely teacher-directed, and every piece is identical. When you ask a child to point to their completed piece, they cannot tell theirs apart from the others.
Process art is entirely child-directed, and no two pieces are identical . When you ask a child to point to their completed piece, it’s easy to identify.
Directed draws might have teacher-directed structure, but kids should always be allowed to add their own flair and touch.
When making not-so-spooky cats with preschoolers, I would expect them to be an assortment of colors and sizes, some with two cats on a page, some with one, maybe one or two cut out with scissors, some with embellishments, etc.
I love how different each directed draw turns out!
Related: Speaking of process art, drip paint pumpkins are the coolest Halloween art project!
Any that can safely use the materials. We do directed draws with our 3-6 year old preschoolers often.
Crayons have a very similar effect as oil pastels with watercolors, yes!
Not at all. You can use any art materials that you love.
This Halloween directed draw is fur-ever the best
Artists of all ages will love making their not-so-spooky cats.
I cannot wait to see yours.
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How to Draw a Scary Scared Black Cat with Easy Steps Lesson
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Today we will show you how to draw the classic Halloween, Scared Black Cat. Some people say a Scary Black Cat…but I think the reason it is scary, is because the cat is seeing something that is terrifying to him. I have cats though and a string from my carpet can scare them. Learn how to draw a Scared Black Cat with the following simple step to step tutorial.
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How to Draw a Scared Black Cat with Easy Step by Step Drawing Tutorial
First, lightly draw an egg-shaped oval.
Now draw a Backwards letter ‘D’ shape for the cat’s head.
Lightly draw an oval and a triangle for the cat’s tail.
Draw two ovals to form a number ‘8’ shape. Lightly draw three lines for the legs.
Then draw letter ‘D’ shapes for the feet.
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this is cool you make it so easy thank u
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60+ Halloween Drawing Ideas: Spooky Inspiration
September 29, 2023 June 20, 2023 | Dee
Last Updated on September 29, 2023 by Dee
Well, well, well, if it isn’t the phantom artist itching to creep into the thrilling realm of Halloween artistry! With the ghoulish holiday right around the corner, the yearning to sketch those jack-o’-lanterns and ghastly ghouls is practically impossible to ignore, isn’t it?
Look no further, my fellow artists of the eerie and mysterious, as we’ve brewed up an enchanting potion of 60+ Halloween drawing ideas that are guaranteed to send shivers of inspiration down your spine.
If you’re looking to draw a ghost, remember that they’re usually depicted as floating entities with an ethereal appearance. You can get creative by adding long, flowing fabric or depicting them with a burning lantern.
Zombies are a fun way to bring undead horror to your drawings. You might want to depict your zombie with decaying flesh, empty eyes, or disheveled clothes. Also, consider adding action to your drawing by illustrating a horde of zombies shambling towards their prey or a lone zombie reaching out for a snack. You can find a tutorial on drawing a zombie attack scene to help visualize your spooky scenario!
Pumpkins make great subject matter for easy Halloween drawings.
Skeletons are a classic element in Halloween artwork. To celebrate Halloween, get creative with your skeleton drawings by adding other Halloween stuff and props, like a witch’s hat or a pirate’s sword, to tell a unique story.
Coffins are another popular Halloween drawing subject. You can draw a coffin from various angles, like a top-down perspective or a side view, and include details like carvings, expressive handles, or menacing creatures lurking inside.
When you think of Halloween, some iconic movie monsters might instantly come to your mind. Here are a few characters to inspire your drawings:
- Frankenstein’s monster : This creature, assembled from various body parts and brought to life by Dr. Frankenstein, has a tragic and misunderstood presence.
- Dracula : The infamous vampire has been portrayed in numerous ways throughout the years.
- The Mummy : Ancient Egyptian mummies are always a spooky addition to any Halloween-themed drawing collection.
Cartoon characters dressed up for Halloween can be a cute and fun way to practice your drawing skills. Consider bringing these characters to life on your sketch pad:
- Scooby-Doo : There’s nothing quite like the Scooby-Doo gang investigating haunted mansions and unmasking villains. Jack Skellington : The Pumpkin King from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is a beloved Halloween character.
- Ghosts and Witches : Characters like Casper the Friendly Ghost and Witch Hazel from Looney Tunes are Halloween staples. .
Classic Literary Figures
Drawing inspiration from literature can give your Halloween artwork a sophisticated and timeless feel. Here are some ideas based on classic literary figures:
- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde : The duality of these two characters offers a unique drawing challenge. Try portraying the transformation between the mild-mannered doctor and his sinister alter ego.
- The Headless Horseman : This fearsome figure from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” has become a Halloween icon. Depict the Headless Horseman atop his steed, charging through the night with an eerie pumpkin for a head.
- Macbeth’s Witches : Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” features three witches who prophesy the future. Create your interpretation of these mystical figures, emphasizing their dark and mysterious nature.
Creating creepy landscapes is a fun way to let your imagination run wild and bring out the Halloween spirit.
This section explores some fantastic ideas for drawing spooky landscapes, including graveyards, haunted houses, and dark forests.
Graveyards are classic Halloween settings. To draw a spooky graveyard scene, begin by sketching the layout of tombstones, striking a balance between order and chaos. Add some broken or fallen tombstones and crawling vines to create a sense of eeriness.
A haunted house is another quintessential Halloween drawing idea. Start by selecting an ominous architectural style for your house – you can go with a Victorian mansion or a decrepit old cottage, whichever you prefer.
Dark forests are perfect for setting a chilling, spooky scene. Begin by drawing dense, overlapping trees with gnarled branches that seem to reach out and grab unsuspecting passers-by. Incorporate a pathway that winds through the forest, disappearing into the darkness.
Adding a thick layer of fog or a gloomy moonlit sky will enhance the sense of mystery and suspense in your drawing. Be sure to include some classic Halloween creatures like bats, owls, or even a werewolf lurking in the shadows.
Abstract and Illusion
Halloween is the perfect time to dive into creative and spooky drawing ideas. This section will explore three unique styles: Silhouettes, Shadow Art, and Optical Illusions. These abstract and illusory styles can add a touch of mystery and wonder to your Halloween-themed drawings.
Silhouettes create a dramatic and mysterious effect in your Halloween drawings. To create a silhouette, focus on shapes and outlines rather than details. You can draw spooky figures like witches, cats, or haunted houses without adding any intricate patterns or shading.
- Step 1 : Choose your subject. Consider Halloween icons like pumpkins, ghosts, or bats.
- Step 2 : Outline your subject, paying attention to its overall shape.
- Step 3 : Fill the silhouette with a solid color, usually black, for a striking contrast.
Shadow art relies on the interplay between light and darkness to create intricate and spooky scenes. You can use shadows to add depth and dimension to your Halloween drawings. A good black marker can really help with creating a simple drawing of a shadow. To create this effect, keep these tips in mind:
- Shadows : Use soft gradients to create smooth shadows. Remember that shadows tend to be darker and sharper closer to the object casting them.
- Light source : Identify a consistent light source in your drawing, and make sure all shadows follow the direction of that light source.
Optical illusions can add an extra layer of intrigue to your Halloween drawings. These tricks of the eye create surprises and puzzles for the viewer. There are several types of optical illusions to explore:
- Ambiguous images : Drawings that can be interpreted in more than one way, such as a silhouette of a witch that can also be seen as a cat.
- Impossible figures : Shapes that appear to defy perspective or logic, like the Penrose triangle.
- Distortion illusions : Images that play with the viewer’s sense of size, perspective, or proportion, like an exaggeratedly large pumpkin next to a tiny haunted house.
When it comes to Halloween drawing ideas, there are so many themes to explore, with some favorites being costume parties and trick-or-treat nights. In this section, you’ll find some inspiration for your artwork based on these popular Halloween themes.
A costume party is a fantastic source of inspiration for Halloween drawings. Whether you’re doodling your favorite costumes or creating a scene filled with monsters and ghouls, there’s no limit! Whether you are wondering how to celebrate Halloween with a toddler or a teen, Imagine quirky witches, creepy vampires, and classic Frankenstein’s monster. You can create characters wearing unique costumes styled just for them or have them inspired by your favorite movies.
Here are a few costume party drawing ideas:
- A group of friends wearing homemade costumes
- A pumpkin costume with unique carvings
- Your favorite animals donning Halloween outfits
- A “what if” scenario with your favorite movie characters in Halloween costumes
- Monster mash-up: hybrids of classic Halloween creatures
Trick-or-treat night is a staple of Halloween and offers a wealth of ideas for your drawings. Capture the essence of this fun-filled night with illustrations of trick-or-treaters, spooky houses, and, of course, an abundance of candy. Try drawing some Halloween-themed icons like jack-o-lanterns, ghosts, and bats to kickstart your creative process. For more fun ideas, check out these dares for friends .
A few trick-or-treat night drawing ideas:
- A neighborhood teeming with trick-or-treaters of all ages
- A haunted house with creepy decorations, enticing treat-seekers to approach
- Children exchanging their hard-earned treats
- A funny or heartwarming twist on the classic phrase, “trick or treat”
- Candy vignettes: the journey of a piece of candy from a bowl to a trick-or-treater’s bag
Remember, when drawing for Halloween, embrace the holiday’s spooky, fun, and mystical side. And most importantly, enjoy the process! Your creativity should shine brightly like a carved pumpkin on a chilly October night.
And there you have it, the haunted mansion doors have closed on our eerie journey of 60+ Halloween drawing ideas. Quite the hair-raising adventure. But remember, the real magic happens when you loosen up those bones and allow your creativity to flow, adding your unique twist to these prompts. Halloween is the perfect time to experiment with the bewitching, the bizarre, the spooky, and the scary.
So whether you’re sketching a jovial Jack O’Lantern or a ghastly ghoul, don’t forget to have a frightfully fun time. Happy Halloween drawing, my spooky friends, and remember, when it comes to your art, there’s no need to be afraid of the dark. After all, that’s where the most interesting creatures come to life. See you next time in another chilling corner of our haunted sketchbook!
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Spooky Halloween Silhouette Art Project for Kids
This Halloween silhouette art is a fun and spooky idea that kids will love! We used watercolors and a blow painting technique with straws that makes painting the tree branches easy for kids of all ages.
There are so many fun watercolor techniques for kids to try! Take a look at my collection of watercolor painting for kids for more fun and creative ideas.
Using liquid watercolors for this project really makes the colors bright and bold. Kids can add their own fun spooky touches to their painting like spider webs, a black cat, pumpkins, bats, or a crescent moon making each project unique!
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Create your own Halloween silhouette art
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- Watercolor paper or white cardstock
- Liquid watercolors or a watercolor paint set
- Paper straws
- Wooden board and painter’s tape (optional)
- Paint palette and water dish
- Pencil and eraser
Instructions for your Halloween art project
1. First, prepare your watercolor paper. I like to tape our paper down to a wooden board, this helps with the paper sliding around and also helps it to dry flat.
If you don’t have a wooden board or are doing this project in the classroom, you can simply skip this step or try taping the paper down to a desk.
If you do not have watercolor paper you can also use white cardstock, but the colors might not blend together as nicely.
2. Get your paint colors ready for the sky. Have kids choose 3 – 4 colors for this part. We used liquid watercolors but a regular watercolor paint set would also work.
Test your colors first on a scrap piece of paper to make sure they are bright enough. Watercolors will always dry lighter.
Paint your paper with clean water first. You want the paper to be wet but not soaking. If you are using cardstock, you will skip this step.
3. Start at the bottom of your paper and using a flat brush, paint your first color onto the wet watercolor paper. Clean your brush and paint the next color right away.
You want to paint the background fairly quickly. The wet paper and wet paint will mix together and create a soft blend between colors.
This is called a wet on wet technique. Take a look at these 5 easy watercolor techniques for beginners for more details.
4. Once the background has completely dried, kids can draw their Halloween silhouettes with a pencil. Remind kids to press lightly so if they need to erase anything it won’t ruin the background.
Start by drawing the tree trunk on the side, add the hill, and then kids can add their own special spooky touches. I drew pumpkins and a black cat for the examples but kids can choose to include anything they like.
5. Using black watercolor paint and a round brush, paint in the tree trunk. To create the branches, use a paintbrush to put a fairly big drop of paint down where you want to start a branch and then blow through a straw to create the branch.
This technique will create branches in different sizes that go in all directions, making the tree look extra spooky!
I find that cutting the straw in half works well for this. You also want to make sure that you put enough paint down on the paper for the blow painting to work properly.
Keep creating branches using the blow painting technique until you are happy with how your tree looks.
6. Use black paint to paint in your details at the bottom of your painting. Have kids use a smaller round brush for this step.
7. Once the painting is dry, try drawing in a spider web or two in the tree branches! Use a pencil to draw them in first and then paint over top of your pencil lines with black watercolor and a small detail brush.
Carefully remove the tape from around your painting after everything is completely dry.
This is a fun and creative Halloween silhouette art project that kids will love to make!
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Spooky Halloween Silhouette Art for Kids
This Halloween silhouette art is a fun and spooky idea that kids will love! Kids will learn easy watercolor techniques and add their own spooky touches to make each painting unique.
- Wooden board and painter’s tape (optional)
- First, prepare your watercolor paper. Tape your paper down to a wooden board with painter's tape. This helps to keep the paper from sliding around and also helps it to dry flat. If you don't have a wooden board or are using cardstock, you can skip this step.
- Have kids choose 3-4 colors for the sky. I used liquid watercolors but you could also use a regular watercolor paint set. Start by painting your watercolor paper with clean water. If you are using cardstock, you can skip this step as well.
- Use a flat brush and paint the sky one color at a time. Let the wet paper and wet paint blend together to create soft lines between the colors. Let everything dry completely before moving on.
- Use a pencil to lightly draw in the tree trunk, hill, pumpkins, or black cat and any other Halloween details that kids want to add.
- Start by painting the tree trunk with black watercolor paint.
- To create the branches, use a paintbrush to put a fairly big drop of paint down where you want to start a branch and then blow through a straw to create the branch. Keep creating branches using the blow painting technique until you are happy with how your tree looks. Cutting the straw in half makes this process a bit easier. You also want to make sure that you put enough paint down on the paper for the blow painting to work properly.
- Paint in all of your other details to your Halloween silhouette painting, including any spider webs in the tree branches.
- Carefully remove the painter's tape from around your paper.
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Halloween is not just fear and horror. There are so many things to make it really cute. The fun part of Halloween never dies with the scary skeletons, the deadly monsters, zombies, ghosts, the creepy crawlies and the haunted houses. Everything can be comfortably transformed into something super cute and super funny.
If you are planning a Halloween party to let your friends have a unique experience then add some fun to it. Instead of adding the horrible monsters all around to give a spooky appearance, start drawing Halloween things that are really cute for the party.
The idea of fun Halloween can be used for the kids’ Halloween party who are tired of the creepy and spooky Halloween parties. It is not a tedious task to do. All you need is just a few colors, a pencil and paper to make the cutest monsters and other Halloween characters. If you really want a different Halloween experience this year then try these ideas.
1. The Basic Sheet Ghost Drawing
Ghosts have never been so much fun. Check out this tutorial and you would enjoy a cute Casper like a ghost appearing on your paper.
2. The Loveable Devils for Halloween
See how the devils can cheer you up at a spooky night.
3. The Cute Chopping AX
It is difficult to think of an ax that can smile and look cute. It is possible now as such an ax can be drawn for your Halloween décor this year.
4. The Ugly Zombie Drawing
Really ugly, but, too cute for a Halloween poster on your wall. The tutorial says this all. Try drawing this zombie to bring some smiles.
5. The Super Cute Halloween Ghost
It is difficult to think of a ghost that is not scary and spooky and brings happiness to all. Follow the tutorial step by step and let the spooky turn into fun.
6. An Easy To Draw Halloween Kitten
A Halloween kitten sitting on a pumpkin can make the little ones at the party enjoy the Halloween night.
7. The Easy Haunted House Drawing
No matter how scary a haunted house can be, just explore the fun side by drawing this cute haunted house.
8. The Cute Witch for Halloween
9. A Cute Devil Drawing
Don’t underestimate the power of pencil. If you have the creativity the devils can look cute too.
10. Cute Halloween Bat Drawing Tutorial
Stop thinking of a weird bat, let your imagination fly high with this cute one this Halloween.
11. Adorable Pusheen Cat on Pumpkin Tutorial
Follow the tutorial and draw this cute pusheen cat on top of pumpkin.
12. Cute Halloween Ghost with Hat Tutorial
All you need is a pencil and paper and then see the ghost with a hat this Halloween.
13. Super Sweet Jack Skellington Drawing
Don’t get scared this Jack Skellington will only make you smile.
14. Cute Candy Corn Drawing
You won’t be able to resist this yummy candy corn this Halloween.
15. Ghosts in Love Drawing Tutorial
Let the cute ghosts pour their hearts out on this creepy Halloween night.
16. Cute Halloween Lollipop Drawing
Tasty to eat and cute to watch, this Halloween lollipop is a great idea to draw.
17. Cute Halloween Pumpkin
A pumpkin with a smile and a cute gesture will make a great Halloween party this year.
18. Cute Frankenstein for Halloween
Don’t miss the chance of learning to draw the Frankenstein in a fun way.
19. Draw Cute Candy Treat for Halloween
Give sweet candy treat to savor the fun buds of your friends this Halloween eve.
20. Draw So Cute Skeleton for Halloween
Move your pencil and see the cute skeleton coming to life.
Check Our Earlier Articles on Halloween Drawings Ideas Below:
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How to Draw a Kitten
Last Updated: July 22, 2019
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Drawing a kitten may not be as difficult as it appears. With some practice and guidance, you can draw a variety of kittens, from cute cartoon kittens to realistic kittens sleeping.
Drawing a Cute Cartoon Kitten
- The cross in the face should help you determine where the eyes, nose, and mouth go. The middle point of the cross should be at the approximate middle of the face.
- Note that the head should overlap the body. The top line of the body should roughly match the horizontal cross-line of the face.
- Similarly, draw two large triangles over the top corners of the head. For a cartoonish look, these triangles should be bigger than those made for the legs.
- Add the nose and mouth. The nose should land on the vertical center and rest below the horizontal center. The mouth should look like a rounded "W" with the center attached to the bottom of the nose.
Sketching a Kitten Playing with a Ball
- Since the finished kitten will be lying on its back, the top of the head should be positioned slightly lower than the top of the body.
- Instead of drawing the cross-line at the vertical and horizontal center, angle it so that it looks like an "X" meeting at the center of the circle.
- The oval body should be about twice as long as the head (but roughly the same height).
- Note that this circle should be slightly smaller than the kitten's head.
- For best results, most limbs should be drawn in two parts. The "higher" limbs should be a little longer, with lengthwise ovals overlapping on the ball, and rounded ovals connecting the paws to the body of the kitten. The "lower" limbs should be similar, yet smaller, since they would be less visible.
- The eyes should lie on the horizontal center line.
- The nose should lie on the vertical center line, with the "W" shaped mouth connecting to it at the bottom.
- Darken the ball, as well.
Drawing a Realistic Kitten Sitting
- Note that the body should only be a little larger than the head, and should be at a slight angle away from the head.
- Keep the intersecting point of the cross-lines close to the center of the head.
- The eyes should be positioned over the horizontal center line, and should be at equal distance away from the vertical center.
- The nose should be on the vertical center line and below the eyes.
- The back legs should be two arrowhead shapes attached to the bottom of the oval.
- The tail should be a curved line sticking out from the bottom back of the oval.
- You can also "roughen" the overall outline of the kitten with small, jagged strokes, creating the impression of fur.
Sketching a Realistic Kitten Sleeping
- The body should only be a slight oval, and only slightly larger than the head.
- The connecting line should reach the approximate middle top of both the head and the body.
- Note that the ears should be approximately the same size as the mouth section of the kitten's face.
- Since the kitten is sleeping, use lines to represent closed eyes instead of circles, which indicate open eyes.
- The thigh should just barely brush against the bottom of the mouth area.
- Consider adding thin triangular stripes or other patterns to the fur.
- If you added stripes or other details, color those separate shades, as well.
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