Cat Drawing

Learn how to draw the cutest little gothic cat on the block. She’s emo, she’s oozing Tim Burton, she’s gothic, she’s a babe. Pick up your pencil and let’s go!

How to draw a gothic cat - Nicola Milan Art FI 2

Friend! Learn how to draw this cute little gothic cat I created. Its super quirky and is inspired by my fave, Tim Burton. It may look like a complex cartoon but it is seriously easy to draw. Check out the step by step tutorial below.

A few cool facts about black cats you may not know:

    • In Ancient Egypt, all cats were revered as lucky. Today in many cultures around the world black cats especially are seen as bad luck. That little turn in thought came about from the rise of Christianity and witchcraft, where witches were considered to be servants of the Devil and kept black cats as their familiars. I don’t know about you, but I love the look of black cats and think they’re pretty cool.
    • Interestingly, a black cat’s fur can change color. They need an amino acid called ‘tyrosine’ and if they are deficient it can cause black cats’ hair color to change from black to reddish.
    • Ooh… ladies you will like this one… having a less than fabulous love life? Move to Japan and get a black cat. They’re supposed to be a symbol of good luck and to help you attract potential suitors. Ooh la lah!
  • There isn’t an actual breed of black cats, more so that different breeds can end up with black fur. There is emo all around! 

Nicola xx

Ps: Don’t forget all artwork on this site is original art created by me. I’d love you to recreate it and share your stuff on social, just remember to tag me @milansmischief (and no commercial resale allowed. Thanks!)

Cat Drawing Summary

Draw our little lady in 8 steps! PS: don’t forget to Pin this on Pinterest so you can refer back to it as many times as you need to when you’re drawing. I have so many Pinterest boards I use as inspo.

How to draw a gothic cat - Milan's Mischief

How to Draw A Gothic Kitty Video Tutorial

I did a video version for you too. This gothic cat is a little different to the ‘slow tutorial’ version just so you can see how to use this same drawing technique in different ways.

Easy Cat Drawing Step-by-step Tutorial

Gothic and cute! Here’s how to draw this little kitty step-by-step.


1. The Meow is On

So easy! Draw a triangle (ish) for the head. Make it tilt a bit and it doesn’t need to be perfect. The less perfect = the more character you cat will have!

Related: Learn to draw cartoon skulls!


2. Do You Hear Me?

Add in your ears. They kind of look like rounded triangles. You can also do straight triangles if you want and even add some fuzzy bits the end for flair!


3. Prowling Through The Night

Next draw in the body. It’s a simplified outline of what a cat’s limbs look like when they’re all pressed together sitting. Its not always even. You can go boney too if you want to add some more darkness to your  cat’s Gothic level.


4. Purrfectly Impurrfect

Add a jaggedy tail. Simple 🙂


5. That Tim Burton Vibe

Ok…. now we’re adding some details peeps. So let’s go for a classic gothic one-eyed cat look. (Makes it easier to draw too! hehe). Just add a cross for one eye and draw whatever eye you want on the other side.

You don’t have to worry about them matching! Hurrah!

Related: Cute, easy Halloween drawings



6. The Cat Is Out!

Not sure about you, but I like my characters to have eyebrows. It gives them more personality. You can experiment with making the eyebrows different shapes or go in different directions, depending on whether you want the cat to be evil, angry, sad, emo, zombie-death stare-like or whatevs…


7. Getting Cheeky

Ok very important step here. Erase the corners of the triangle. We’re going to add in some cute jaggedy fluff around the cheeks of our cat drawing.

I think it makes the head look a bit better than just being a big fat wonky triangle. Lol.


Then you’re done!

Woop! Woop! Your cat drawing is complete! Now you can color your cat whatever color in the universe you feel like…. there is such a thing as Pastel Goth you know… 😉

Check out my lil’ digital version below… as well as the original trio I drew in pastel pencil.


BOOM! Cuteness.

You should be so proud right now. Meow.

Hope you enjoyed! Mwah!

Nicola xx

Try this cute lion drawing next!

Or if you want more gothic stuff, here’s an EPIC spooky flower drawing to try.


Tag me with your version on social so I can see your amazingness.

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