Animals

Make These Adorably Realistic Pet Portraits Your New Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

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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.

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