Step 15: Draw the rest of the kitten's body and tail by using the remaining lines as guides. Follow the basic path of the lines as you draw the fur using quick, short strokes. Use longer strokes for a long-haired kitten and place the edge of the fur farther from the guide lines. Follow the curving path of the guide line as you draw the kitten's tail.
Step 16: 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. Also re-draw any final sketch lines that you may have accidentally erased.
Final Step (optional): Add some shading to your kitten 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. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value.
Add a cast shadow underneath. This helps ground the kitten so it doesn't appear to be floating.
You can stop here for a white kitty or you can add more value throughout your drawing for extra detail. Cats' coats come in a wide variety of colors and patterns that include spots and stripes. It's up to you to decide what your kitty will look like! For a tabby pattern like this, add a series of short stripes throughout the body by shifting the pressure on your pencil to get different tonal values. You can also add a solid value to the kitten's entire body for a simpler drawing. Add the value using strokes that go in the general direction of the fur. Otherwise, be patient as you add the coat pattern because it can be very time-consuming. It's always a good idea to use reference to accurately draw the coat pattern you want. If you have a kitty, try to replicate its coat pattern on your drawing! Don't forget to pause the "How to Draw a Kitten" video any time you need help.
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