I needed to draw a cat for my new picture book Bears on the Stairs, but unfortunatelly the cute puss Maddy, who might have been my model, had gone back home. Drat!
Fortunately I remembered a wonderful old book I've had since I was a teenager, called Drawing A Cat. It was printed in 1945 (!) and was originally a present from my Dad to my Mum, who also loved to draw. Mum gave it to me when I showed real interest in drawing.
It's great for reference, which is very useful to help make any animal drawing 'believable'. I sketched various key poses from Clare Turlay Newberry's wonderful observational drawings, to create this crib sheet to work from:
I talk a bit more about this process, and show step-by-step how I draw a cat, in this short film, which you might find helpful if you are learning to draw cats:
For instance, this is one of him trying to put Smudge to bed in the kitchen. She was a very grumpy cat, who would much rather have come upstairs to bed with us...
I used a ginger puss rather like the one in Bears on the Stairs as a letterhead design for the very first letter I sent out to publishers - the one which ultimately got me my very first book! You can see the whole thing, and read about how to contact publishers here.