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Step 15: Inside the original circle on the lower right side, draw a series of lines for the rooster's folded wing. Use quick, short strokes for the feathers as you draw the lines that go in the same direction. The lines should be short at the top, and they should gradually get bigger toward the bottom of the circle.
Step 16: Draw the neck by darkening the lines that connect the rooster's head to the body. Draw the bottom part of the neck feathers as quick, short strokes. Add some strokes inside too for the neck detail.
Step 17: Use the curved line on the left side as a guide to draw the rooster's long tail feathers. Drawing the tail feathers can be tricky, so be sure to pause the video to draw the rooster at your own pace. Draw a long curved arc near the middle of the initial line for the first tail feather. Then draw two even longer feathers overlapping each other at the top of the guide line. Add another feather under the top two, a feather under the first middle one and one in between these two. Now draw a few feathers near the bottom part of the initial guide line for the base feathers. Your feathers don't have to look exactly like this. These are guidelines, not rules. Continue adding curved lines under the feathers you just drew to finish the base. Draw them using different widths and lengths. Add as many or as few as you want. Draw more curved lines in between the base and tip of the rooster's feathers to get a thicker, fuller tail.
Step 18 (optional): For a cleaner look, erase as much as you can of the initial guide lines. Don't worry about erasing all of them. 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 rooster 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 rooster so it doesn't appear to be floating.
You can add more value throughout your rooster drawing for extra detail. Use different degrees of value on different parts of the rooster like the head, body or tail. You can even color your rooster drawing if you'd like. It's always a good idea to use reference for accuracy. You can add a lighter value across all of the rooster's tail feathers for a sleek and shiny look. Don't forget to pause the "How to Draw a Rooster" video to draw at your own pace.
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