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Step 6: Under the nose, draw a line that curves to the left for the cat's mouth and another line under the mouth for the chin. Use short strokes to create a furry texture. Add a short line on top of the nose for the top part of the muzzle. Darken the triangular shape on top of the head for the ear. Add a few lines inside the shape for the ear's opening and structure. Use short stroke to create fur inside the ear.

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Step 7: Darken the outer edges of the initial guides to create the furry shape of the cat's head. Make the top, right side of the head flatter than the initial circle and use short strokes as you darken the bottom. Draw a short angled line to the right of the ear for the ear that's on the other side of the head.

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Step 8: Use the lines under the body as guides to draw the jumping cat's legs. First lightly sketch the shape of the legs around the guides. The tops of the legs should wide and the bottoms narrow; especially the hind leg. Extend the hind leg to emphasize the jump. Use short strokes for a furry texture. Make the tips of the feet curved. Inside each foot, draw a couple of short, curved lines to separate the toes.

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Step 9: Darken the outer edges of the guides to finalize the shape of the cat's body. Don't overlap the shapes of the legs as you darken the underside of the body. Draw the tail around the guide line that's on the top, left side of the body. Use a series of short strokes as you follow the path of the guides for a furry texture. Draw the cat's legs that are on the other side of the the body to the right of the legs from the previous step. A big part of these legs will be hidden behind the first set of legs, so only draw the visible sections.

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Step 10: For a cleaner look, erase as much as you can of the initial guide lines. Don't worry about erasing all of the guides. It's okay to leave some behind. Re-draw any final sketch lines you may have accidentally erased.

How to Draw a Cat Jumping Leaping Side View

Final Step: Shade your drawing for extra detail. For a white cat, use a medium value throughout the body to create some shadows. To add a pattern like this one, add a series of curved shapes across the body and shade them in using a medium value. Add a darker value inside the shapes to create stripes. Add a very light value to the white sections for a furry texture. If you have a pet cat, try to duplicate its coat pattern on your drawing. Shade lightly at first and gradually build up to darker values. For light values, push down very lightly on your pencil and push down harder for darker values. As you shade, use strokes that go in the general direction of the fur. Separate each stroke a bit so that the white of the paper comes through and creates a more furry texture. It's a good idea to use reference as you shade for a more accurate depiction of a cat. Shading can be time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks. For a more detailed guide on how to shade, check out this tutorial: How to shade.

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