Many scenes with people are also going to involve domesticated animals, so I do this exercise with students to enable them to draw cats whenever and whereever they’re needed. One of my favorite exercises with students is to find hundreds of photos of cats and draw a bunch of them on one page. Breaking down the cat into simple framework over and over again helps us to understand the form so that new pose is easier and easier to create with each new figure.
Use a simple framework like I did in these drawings to parcel out what the different segments of the cat’s body looks like. You’re wanting the goal to be capturing the gesture of the cat- sitting, stretching, pouncing, etc! If you find that drawing from photographs is a little harder than you feel ready to do, you can search online for other drawings of cats and copy those drawings as a first step. Then move on to drawing from photographs. Lastly, you’ll want to draw from actual cats, so you might have to ask your friends’ and family’s pets to model for you!
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