Drawing Realistic Cat Eyes

Drawing Realistic Cat Eyes

I’ve always been asked how i draw cat eyes. These are the steps that i take to draw them and they are one of my favorite things to draw. Cat eyes are so beautiful, not only in color but the designs and depth that they have. They are beautiful animals, but we can all agree that their eyes makes them so much special. They look amazing when drawn in pencil. I love the size of their eyes, they are much bigger than the eyes of other animals which allows you to put in so much more detail and makes the animal come to life.

Before we start we should first see the difference between a cat and a person’s eye. One thing we can agree on is that they are used to see :) and basically thats where the similarities end. When talking about size, in relative to the head, a cat’s eyes are much bigger than a persons. This reason is because cats its bigger size is helpful for them to see at night. Their pupils are usually elliptical in shape and open up much wider than a pupil in a person. Another big difference is that you can barely see the sclera in a cat’s eye, their iris are much bigger. The size in their iris is what makes drawing their eyes so interesting. There is so much area to add detail and it gives the drawing so much life when you add the right effects. Here is a picture that shows the main differences between a cat and person’s eye.

cat eyes

Ok lets start. The first thing that you need to do is to have the outline drawn. You probably drew it and don’t know to go about adding the detail to it. Well the main focus will be on the highlights and shadows on the iris.

Tools used:

  • 2b 0.5 Mechanical Pencil
  • 2h Wood Cased Pencil
  • Stylus
  • 4b Progresso Pencil
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Color Blender
  • Smooth Bristol Paper


68 thoughts on “Drawing Realistic Cat Eyes”

  1. Oh my god thankyou so much this was so helpful :) mine is nowhere near as good as yours but i could never have drawn anything close without this. I'd never have known how to go about it ! thankyou :)

  2. To see the tutorial just click on the number of the page you want to see (after the "share, tweet, email, etc. thing" right under the stars)

    Thanks for this amazing tutorial!

    1. I had the same problem when I first looked up the tuts; the rest of the pages of right below the gold stars. There are a lot of ads and busy stuff but still well worth the effort.

  3. I’ve always struggled with animal fur and human hair (eyelashes, eyebrows, etc). Your tutorial is the first one that was not only easy to follow but taught me a new trick (using a stylus to create the white lines)! I even impressed myself with how well my human eye and cat eye turned out! Thank you so much and I hope you post more tutorials soon!

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