Drawing a Cat using Just Dots
How to draw a cat with ink using just dots.
Drawing is not always about lines. Can we draw a cat with dots?
Do you remember the word I drew using just dots? Well, I did it again. I drew my beloved pet with pencil first, and once the lines wear clear enough, I used dots to draw the entire sketch with black ink.
For this project, I used very simple tools:
a graphite pencil and eraser
a black pen
Step 1 – sketch the cat with pencil
For this short project, I needed a sketch first. I did not want it to be too perfect, just a quick sketch of the cat with graphite pencil, to know where to draw the dots afterwards. I took a picture of my cat, gazing by the window on a sunny afternoon, and I drew from there. A rough sketch, not many details, just the general outline with the right proportions.
A little reminder of my process when I sketch...
It is very much a trial and error process, in three steps:
I look intently at a small part of the reference photo, as if it was some abstract shape
I try to reproduce it on paper, looking back and forth a lot between the photo and the drawing. Do the shapes look the same? Yes: keep it. No: erase and repeat.
then I look at my drawing again, not as geometrical shapes, but as the thing it is meant to look like. Does it look like a cat? Yes: keep it. No: erase and repeat.
In the short video above, this runs from 00:00 to 02:16. It actually took me 10 minutes.
Step 2 – drawing the cat using just black ink dots
Then I took a simple black pen, and drew the cat using just dots:
more dots where the picture was darker,
fewer dots or even no dots where the picture was lighter.
I also experimented (cheated?) a little with the shape of the dots: dots marry well with short little lines, to give a sens of direction in the fur. So sometimes, instead of dots, I used little lines in the direction of the cat's hair, which helps change the appearance of his fur.
In the short video above, this runs from 02:16 to 04:06. It actually took me 15 minutes.
Once all the dots are drawn, let it dry (it took a while with this pen, be patient, don't rush...), erase the pencil... And voilà! In 25 minutes, I drew a cat using just dots.
Another great page for your sketchbook, or maybe a card to be sent to your favourite animal lover, or a little picture to be framed in a minimalist interior (did I mention how I love minimalist home decor?).
I hope you enjoyed this post. As always, I do not pretend to be a teacher, a seasoned artist or an expert in anything, just a very motivated learner who finds a deep joy in a regular art practice.
If you liked this post, you will almost certainly like some of these other projects about cats. Enjoy!