Looking at cute animal drawings is the perfect pick-me-up for us when we’re having a bad day. As much as we adore looking at real cats and dogs on their own, there’s something truly special about seeing an illustration of a pet right next to an image of that same animal in real life — especially if the artwork is done by that pet’s owner.
After all, unless you’re a natural-born artist, it takes tons of effort to create cute animal drawings. It’s tough enough to draw your favorite four-legged friend; it’s even harder to do justice to how sweet he or she is as a real pet. So it’s a lovely sign of how much you care for your furry pal if you to try to honor him or her in an artsy way (especially if you’re used to drawing stick people most of the time, like us!). Of course, you could always ask a professional, experienced artist to do a pet drawing, but you might be inspired by these folks brave enough to take on the challenge of bringing their own precious kitties and canines to life on paper.
From pencils to chalk to artistic technology like iPad ink, there are countless ways to approach animal drawings. Remember: You have a special advantage for this pet drawing over any other artist — no matter how professional or how experienced — in that no one else truly knows your pet on the same level that you do. Much like the talented folks below, only you have memorized that special curve in your dog’s friendly smile or that lovable squint your cat makes while waking up. And no matter how the drawing turns out, nothing will be better than hearing that sweet woof or meow of approval in the end.
Scroll below to see some of the most heart-melting pet drawings on the internet today.
Beautiful Animal Drawing
Meet Oliver and Sophie, the sweet "babies" that belong to talented artist Cindy Arthur. Considering how striking her feline portrait looks, it's no surprise that Cindy also does animal drawings for Big Cat Rescue, an organization that helps "big" cats like jaguars and leopards. You can see more of her work on her page Art by Cindy.
Cute Animal Drawings
Sophisticated Animal Drawing
Boston terriers always look so friendly and bright, and this adorable pup named Winston is no exception. That said, we can't help but admire his owner Jason Sams' skills with graphite and colored pencil in this pet drawing, which showcase a different charming facial expression. To see more of this distinguished fellow, you can follow his adventures on his Instagram page, @sirwinstonboston.
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Cuddly Animal Drawing
When it was this talented artist's mom's birthday, Twitter user @dAFerisae decided to surprise her with a thoughtful gift — an adorable caricature drawing of her pet cat, JJ. We can definitely see this feline's personality shine through perfectly in this animal drawing.
Animal Drawings Cute
Realistic Animal Drawing
We're completely blown away by the amount of detail that Hallie Edlund put into drawing her lovable cat, Koshka. Even those adorable little ears are fluffed to perfection on paper, courtesy of some very creative work on Hallie's part with colored pencils. Check out more of her drawings and other artwork on her page Hallie Edlund Art.
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Modern Animal Drawing
Ferguson has to be one of the sweetest and tiniest kittens we've ever seen. After reddit user PSLR brought him and another cat "from a barn to a loving home," he gave them the tender care any pet deserves. On top of that, he's now sweetly paying homage in art form. Aww!
Animal Drawings In Pencil
Charming Animal Drawing
Reddit user thereshegoes20 decided to surprise her mom on her birthday with this adorable drawing of their pup, Lucy. We're pretty impressed that this is a profile shot, which is not an easy angle to replicate. And now, we also can't help but think that we wouldn't mind receiving pet drawings from our kids on our birthdays — just saying!
Adorable Animal Drawing
It takes a true cat lover to capture a perfect little moment your kitty shares with you — even if it's something as simple as an adorable squint with a little paw stretching. We love how reddit user Nomedaddy recaptured that cute, simple scene from a photo on paper. Aren't the smile and the eyes completely spot on?
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Creative Animal Drawing
Now this is a pet drawing style we definitely haven't seen before! Not only is it stunning, it's also a unique approach — which is something we can always appreciate in art. We think reddit user Buhbuhbuhbuh's golden retriever Angus looks like a gorgeous mosaic — the most huggable mosaic that we've ever seen!
Cartoon Pet Drawing
Cartoon Animal Drawing
There's nothing quite as fun as an adorable animal cartoon — especially if it's inspired by a real animal. We think reddit user handpressbean did a wonderful job depicting this adorable pet cat named Martini in cartoon form. Both look super cuddly — and that open mouth is too funny and sweet for words.