What You Will Need: Good quality drawing paper (I used lightweight hot pressed watercolor paper), a range of pencils (F, B, 2B, 4B, 6B), paper stump, eraser, blu-tack (removable poster adhesive) or kneadable eraser.
First, select a photograph to use as a reference for drawing your cat. Choose a photograph of your cat that is well-lit, with good visible fur texture and no areas that are hard to see - you don't want to have to guess what shape the ear should be - and a good pose. Elongated or awkward poses are hard to make into a convincing drawing, especially from a photograph. Ideally, the picture should be taken at cat's eye-level.
This is a photo of Joey, who belongs to Franny Syufy, the About.com Guide to Cats. Franny initially provided me with a higher resolution image to work from, but this smaller version still gives you an idea of the sort of quality required.
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