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How to Draw and Sketch Cats

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Using Strutural Line and Contour
sketching cats

Essential Structure and Contour

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The quality of line as an expressive tool. Cats often lend themselves to long, sinuous lines reflecting their graceful musculature, but their movement can also be sharp, unpredictable and aggressive. Directional marks to bring out the roundness of form or to give texture and movement.

When sketching from life, you need to take in as much of the pose as possible in a few moments. This can be difficult for an inexperienced eye. That's okay! Even if your sketch is just a few lines, as in the example at left, it can still express a great deal about the cat's movement. As you develop your visual memory, you'll be able to build more detail and contour into your sketch.

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