Draw a circle as a guide for the top part of the Maine coon cat's body. The circle doesn't have to be perfect. It's just a guide. Leave enough room on the top and bottom for the rest of the body.
Draw another circle on the top right side of the Maine coon cat's body as a guide for the head. This circle should be about one-fourth the size of the first one. The edges of the two circles should barely touch.
Draw two intersecting lines inside the head to help you place the Maine coon cat's facial features later on. Curve the lines so that they contour to the shape of the circle.
Draw a small circle on the lower half of the head as a guide for the Maine coon cat's muzzle. Make this shape thinner for a Norwegian forest cat.
Draw two small triangle-shaped arcs on top of the head as guides for the Maine coon cat's ears.
Add a few more lines to complete the guide for the Maine coon cat's body. A couple of curved lines at the top form the neck, and a small arc on the bottom, right side forms the lower part of the body.
Draw three short, angled lines under the Maine Coon cat's body as guides for the legs.
Add a long, curved line on the bottom left side as a guide for the Maine coon cat's tail.
Lightly sketch the shape of the eyes inside the Maine coon cat's head using the initial lines as guides for placement. Darken the eyes when you get the shape and placement right. For a Norwegian forest cat, make the eyes come a bit closer together, and the shape should be more almond-like. Darken the sides of the eye shapes on the inside to create the actual eyeballs. Draw a tiny circle on the side of each pupil to represent glare. Shade the inside of the eyes except for the tiny circle. Use a value that's lighter than the pupils. You can also use an even lighter value near the bottom of the eyeball for a rounder look.
Draw the nose near the top of the muzzle by first lightly sketching a triangle. Make the top of the Maine coon cat's nose wavier as you darken the lines. Add the nostrils on the sides too. For a Norwegian forest cat, move the shape of the nose a bit more to the right since they have pointier muzzles. Add a line under the nose and another line that connects the nose to the eye on the right.
Use the circle at the bottom as a guide to draw the Maine coon cat's muzzle. Draw the mouth under the nose and use the circle as a guide to draw the chin under the mouth. Use quick, short strokes to represent fur. Use the circle as a guide to draw the sides of the muzzle curving up. Use quick, short strokes for a furry texture. For a Norwegian forest cat, don't make the muzzle so wide. Draw the sides thinner.
Use the arc on top of the head as guides to draw the Maine coon cat's ears. Follow the path of the guides as you darken the lines and create the structure of the ears. Add the tufts of hair on the tip of the ear using quick, short strokes and add some fur inside the ear the same way. A Norwegian forest cat's ears should be closer together at the top, and the tufts at the tip should be smaller.
Use the initial shapes and lines as guides to draw the rest of the Maine coon cat's head. Use quick, short strokes as you follow the basic path of the guides to create the furry texture. The bottom part should dip down below the initial circle to create the fluffy fur around the neck.
Draw a series of lines inside the head for extra detail. These lines will help emphasize the shape of the head and face under all that fur. For a Norwegian forest cat, the lines on the sides should come in closer to the center because they have thinner heads. Add the whiskers inside the Maine coon cat's muzzle using longer strokes.
Use the line under the body as a guide to draw the front leg on this side. Sketch the leg lightly as you follow the basic path of the guide. Darken the lines when you get the structure right. Use a couple of small curved lines at the bottom for the Maine coon cat's toes and quick, short strokes at the top for the fur.
Use the other angled lines as guides to draw the Maine Coon cat's remaining legs. Use the line on the right as a guide to draw the front leg on the other side the same way as the first leg. The hind leg should be flat. Use quick, short strokes that go all the way up to the top of the front leg for the base.
Use the initial lines and shapes as guides to draw the rest of the Maine coon cat's body. Use quick, short strokes as you follow the basic path of the guides to represent the long fur. Add a few extra strokes under the neck for the fluffy fur found on the chest.
Use the curved line at the bottom as a guide to draw the Maine Coon's tail. Follow the basic path of the guide but make the shape thicker as you darken the lines.
(optional): For a cleaner look, erase as much as you can of the initial guide lines. Don't worry about erasing all of the guides. It's okay to leave some behind. Re-draw any final sketch lines you may have accidentally erased.
Add some shading to your drawing to give it more dimension and volume. Pick the direction of the light source when shading so that the shadows are consistent with it. Don't worry too much about the shading if you're going to add more value to your drawing in the next couple of steps. Add a cast shadow underneath. This helps ground the cat so it doesn't appear to be floating.
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