This quick tutorial explains how to draw an anime cat girl with animal ears. It can also be applied to drawing other types of anime style animal ear characters.
If you are going to follow the tutorial along using pencil and paper be sure to draw light lines for initial steps as you will need to do some erasing later.
Step 1 – Draw the Head
Start your drawing by first drawing the head.
To help you make sure the head and other features that will be drawn in later steps are symmetrical and evenly placed draw a vertical and a horizontal line intersecting at what will later be the middle of the head/face.
As there are already plenty of tutorials here on Anime Outline that show how to draw the head and face we will not go into it in much detail in this tutorial.
For drawing the head and placing the facial features you can see:
Step 2 – Draw the the Cat Ears
To be able to better understand how to place the cat ears on the head we will draw the main shape of the ears before drawing the hair.
Keep in mind as the hair has some volume and will cover the bottom part of the ears so you will want to draw them slightly longer than what you want to be visible in the final drawing.
The overall shape of each ear should be somewhat similar to a triangle.
The far side (away from the viewer) of the ears will be hidden around the curve of the head.
On the end of the ears you can add some little fur clumps. Certain breeds of cats tend to have fur sticking out like that on the end of their ears.
Step 3 – Draw the Facial Features
To place the facial features draw the eyes below the horizontal line drawn earlier, draw the nose between that line and the chin and draw the mouth slightly above the halfway point between the nose and the chin.
For more detailed instructions on drawing anime facial feature you can check:
- How to Draw Anime Eyes and Eye Expressions
- How to Draw Anime and Manga Mouth Expressions
- How to Draw Anime and Manga Noses
Step 4 – Draw the Hair & Ear Fluff
Draw the hair over top the of the head in large clumps. Try and draw the clumps in slightly different directions. As mentioned earlier the bottom part of the ears will be covered by the hair.
Add some fur to the inside of the ears drawn it in clumps similar to the hair.
For more on drawing anime style hair see:
Step 5 – Outline Drawing
Clean up your drawing by erasing/removing any guidelines and parts that are hidden by the hair. You will also notice that there are some basic clothes and body details added in this step.
For more on drawing anime style clothes you can see:
For drawing anime necks and collar bones you can check:
Step 6 – Apply Color & Shading
To color and shade your drawing start by coloring in the largest areas with the base color. Leave any highlights/reflections blank if coloring on paper or apply them at the end of the coloring process if drawing digitally. Darken the shaded areas after you finish the basic color fill.
For detailed instruction on coloring in the anime style see:
As the focus of this tutorial was on cat ears it was fairly short and didn’t cover the other aspects of drawing an anime character in great detail. For more on drawing anime characters you can always check the other tutorials on the site.
For drawing normal anime style ears see: