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Tutorial: Anthro feline heads by LainMokoto Tutorial: Anthro feline heads by LainMokoto
First off, I wanted to say that there is no right or wrong way to draw and everyone has their own approach, this is just my way of drawing. I wanted to make this short tutorial as a way of helping beginner anthro artists out. I haven't decided if I should make this a series or not, so I'm open to suggestions on that one if anybody would like to see more or if this actually helps in any way. Ok, lets get started. This tutorial is how to draw a basic feline shaped head.
All instructions are for images going from the far left to the far right in progression.

Step 1: Draw a circle, this will be the base for your characters head. For frontal views, I often divide the face down the middle and then across evenly, this will help with feature placement later. You can sketch in the ears and neck now if you would like.

Step 2: Draw in the eyes which should sit about in the middle of the face, I draw the nose in about halfway from the distance of the eyes to the chin. Remember that felines generally have shorter snouts than most canines. At this stage, I also draw in the mouth, cheek tuft shape and the inner ears as well as eyebrows. Since I was drawing a female, I added in some eyelid creases for cuteness.

Step 3: In this stage, I added in the hair and ear tufts. I also gave the eyes definition by adding in some pupils. The cheek tufts are now more defined and the character sketch is now complete.

Bonus: Bottom pic. This is what the characters head would look like from the back, instructions are pretty much the same as with the other two pics, except there are no facial features to draw in.

Anyhow, I hope this tutorial helps those who wanted to draw feline heads. Please remember that just because I draw this way, doesn't mean you have to. If anyone wants to use this tutorial, I would love to see the results.
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:iconiyna08:
Iyna08 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015
Nice. :D Especially the profile headshots will help me. XD
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Edscratch23469 Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This was so helpful! Thank you!
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red5101 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
I'm starting to pick up drawing again and your tutorial has really helped me out with head making. Soon I'll be able to draw bodies! Keep up the good work.
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Hiren-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool tutorial, I always have trouble with the front view on any anthro.  It's the perspective, you know.  But this helps, so thanks!
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jadendarchon Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. This is an excellent tutorial!
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:iconfoussiremix:
foussiremix Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
Ty that helped me much
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:iconzelda0909:
Zelda0909 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
Thank you. I'm recently learning how to draw furrys.
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SNlCKERS Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much!!
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Franjibelle Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Thanks a lot for posting! :) 
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FreyjaMeili Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This really helps a lot thank you for posting it !!:happybounce: 
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MajorTomPDX Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is just what I was looking for. Thank you!
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WinterFox51 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Thank you so much for making this, I've been struggling with anthro feline muzzles.
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Smlech Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Thanks!
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:iconenceladusendless:
EnceladusEndless Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just learning to draw anthros. Thank you so much for this. <3
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FurryBound Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Student Writer
a 3/4 head would be helpful too!
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:iconoktos:
Oktos Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Very helpful!
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Fukuro-Wakahisa Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's awesome! :squee:
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averytastypie Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
thank you :3!:w00t:
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book-lover98 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thanks this is awesome and so simple!!
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:iconmiskumi:
Miskumi Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
So awesome and simple...
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:iconarutsu:
arutsu Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
thank you so much this really helped ;D
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CommanderStrike1 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Student
Thank you for the tutorial, this will help me so much.
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Panda-Dog Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, this is nice.
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POLARBEARPOWERS Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
awesome love the eyes
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SonarSnow Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Student General Artist
This'll be useful!
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Sayrain Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for uploading it! It helps me very much! :hug:
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S2DPro Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is extremely helpful.Thanks. I actually used it for a wolf head, just altered the lines a bit.
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JadoaEsraOhn Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thankye. Getting back into my drawing streak, this helps. I need a scanner. might use ms paint. Tutorial's good, I forgot how to do hair completely.
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madshot101 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
PERFECT
i always mess up on both the eyes and the ears
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Laliah Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
^.^ ty for the tutorial. I used it for bangs and face shape~~ [link]
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Inashne117 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for this. Starting to work on other forms of anthros rather than just taurens and found this very helpful.
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Royle-McCulloch Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is awesome, its gonna help alot since i'm starting to learn.
Oh i'm trying to get more veiws so wanna check out my account?

Oh and this is going on my favs too.
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Sorrow9 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
This is really well done, i may not be any good but i can see That this really is.
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Mitumi Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
THANK YOU for this! I could never work out how to show the muzzle in a front view! To think it would only take five strokes....
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Aero02Feline Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
nice,this is really helpful.
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SeraphineKH Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
can u do the tutorial for thr body male/female?
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SeraphineKH Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
can u do the tutorial for thr body male/female?
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Zagnagma Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
:3 I loved it! I actually think I'll try to draw an image from the back of the head after seeing this guide, :3. Thank you very much!
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dirtbiker715 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009
I'm gonna draw one when I have time and I will submit the picture to show my results asap.
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Toba-Wolf Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
Thanks for this, ill submit the picture i drew with it later, keep an eye out for it ^^
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oDINOSAURo Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009
Very helpful!
Might I just say that it woulda been helpful ti add a 3/4 view?
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Zanten94 Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Cool I'll try it.
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Cutlas-Cobra Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
how about at an angle? like facing somewhat to the left or right. could you add or do one of those?
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LainMokoto Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
Did you mean a profile view or something from an angle from the side like the head titled up or down?
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Cutlas-Cobra Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
rotated to the left or right, not up or down. a bit toward the shoulder, you know? i can never get the muzzle/snout/whatever you wanna call it right.
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LainMokoto Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
Ah ok then thank you for the feedback. :)
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:iconcutlas-cobra:
Cutlas-Cobra Featured By Owner May 5, 2009
no problem.

'One more pipe ou' o' ye an' ye will 'ave a case o' the Kurdly's!'
-Gruntan Kurdly
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Cutlas-Cobra Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
Maybe with the mouth open a bit too.

'one more pipe ou' o' ye an' ye will 'ave a case o' the Kurdly's!'
-Gruntan Kurdly
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Burninghart Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009
Helpful, but it could have been much more so if you'd included 3/4 angles...
Do you have any additional tutorials that include them?
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LainMokoto Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
Not at the moment I don't, I might make a part two though, are there any other views you would like to see or suggest?
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