Simple Cartoon Kitty Eye Design Tutorial


Every event has it’s odd requests, and this simple kitty design came from one of those for me. I was at an event and the girl wanted a cosmic cat. I drew a blank for a moment, but after a little conversation, I figured out what she wanted was something like the above design, with the cat’s fur resembling a nebula with stars. So she got her cosmic cat, and I got a new, simple design to share with you.


TAG orange face paint
TAG yellow face paint
Paradise dark pink face paint
Diamond FX white face paint
Diamond FX black face paint
Paradise light blue face paint
TAG pearl white face paint
#1 round brush
#5 round brush


Begin by putting some light blue and pearl white on your sponge and make a little background for your kitty. This can be any color you like, but I chose blue because my cat was going to be orange, and orange and blue are complementary colors.

Also use your #5 round brush to make two circles or ovals about 1/2 and inch above the eyebrow.


Load your #5 round brush with a combination of TAG yellow and orange for the cat color and paint the head, paws, and tail. (Or you can choose any other color the person in the chair prefers for her cat.) I simplified this cat’s anatomy substantially, which is what makes it a fast design you should be able to do quickly.


Add a pink nose, which is a little upside-down triangle, and then outline your design with black and the #1 round brush. Outlining is probably the most difficult part of this design, because the way it turns out will depend largely on the child’s ability to sit still while you paint. Try to stay on the tip of your brush for best line quality. The more you practice, the more sure your strokes will be.


Add white highlights with your small #1 round brush and white, and you’re finished!


This design could be enhanced in many ways, such as with glitter, a stenciled background to add texture, or by markings on your cat. Have fun with it, and post your version in the comments below!

Beth MacKinney is the owner of and primary face painter for Face Paint Pizzazz in the NW Chicago suburbs. Stop by to check out her other face painting blog posts, videos, and tutorials. If you’re on Facebook, join the Challenge Group to showcase your artwork and have a chance to win a store credit for each week’s theme.

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