A Tutorial: Drawing a Sphinx Cat

Articles & Drawing Tutorials, Drawing With Ink

Today I’ll show you how to draw a sphinx cat head. We’ll explore the beautiful textures and learn how to convey this velvety wrinkly effect with ink liners.  🙂 Let’s begin! promoFor this drawing, I use ink liners number 0.05, 0.1, 0.2 and 0.3 for a paper of A4 size. Plus a pencil – and an eraser, if necessary 🙂 

The process of drawing:

  1. I start with a pencil sketch as my under-drawing. 1
  2. I outline the general contour of the head, using the 0.3 ink liner. The closer to the bottom of the drawing I get, the more broken the line becomes. 2
  3. With the 0.1 liner I add smaller details, accenting the skin folds. At this step, we should draw the artwork in general, without paying attention to one particular place.3
  4. Where are the darkest places in your drawing? Add thin hatches there. I use the thinnest 0.05 ink liner for this purpose. At this step, I also refine the ears.4
  5. With the 0.2 liner I add dots to the places that I consider the darkest in my drawing.5
  6. I add smaller dots (created with the 0.1 liner) to make a more uniform velvety texture.6
  7. With rounded thin hatches of 0.05 liner I refine the eyes.7
  8. With the 0.05 ink liner, I refine the skin texture, paying attention to the ears, the side of the nose and lower part of the face. For this step both hatching and dots are great.8
  9. With the 0.05 thin hatching, I add value to the shady areas. It creates volume.9
  10. With the 0.05 liner, I add crosshatching (it’s when you place hatches of different angle and direction one above another). The accent on the shadow under the cheekbone, the neck, and small wrinkles.10
  11. With the 0.2 liner, I strengthen the main contour to make the drawing more expressive. I also refine the nose with a delicate dotwork.11
  12. I add dots and hatches with the 0.1 liner to make the texture more uniform and smooth. 12

And the drawing is complete! Congratulations 🙂

As you can see, it’s that simple. I hope you enjoyed the process. 🙂 If you are interested in examining the process scans of a bigger size in close-up, you can download the archive – let these images make your learning easier!

If you liked this tutorial, please share it in the social media and send to your friends — drawing together is always more fun.

I would also appreciate any feedback — questions and new themes proposals. What is your struggle in the ink drawing? 🙂


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