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Step 15: Now use the other lines as guides to draw the rottweiler's hind legs using the same technique. Follow the path of the guide line as you lightly sketch the first leg. The rottweiler's hind legs should be wider at the top than the front legs. Angle the leg more near the middle to indicate the joint. Draw the toes at the end of the paw. Draw the hind leg on the other side using the last line as a guide. Only darken the lines that make up the leg once you get the structure correct.
Step 16: Use the remaining lines as guides to draw the rest of the rottweiler's body. Draw a few curved lines along the neck to indicate the folds of skin. Rottweilers have smooth coats, so use clean lines instead of the usual quick, short strokes.
Step 17 (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. Re-draw any final sketch lines that you may have accidentally erased.
Final Step (optional): Add some shading to your rottweiler 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 also going to add more value to your rottweiler drawing.
Add a cast shadow underneath. This helps ground the dog so it doesn't appear to be floating.
You can add more value throughout your rottweiler drawing for extra detail. The head is dark except for lighter patches on the muzzle, cheeks and above the eyes. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value. Add the value by using strokes that go in the general direction of the rottweiler's fur. Use a lighter value on a few parts of the body to represent the shine of the coat. The fur is also lighter on the neck, chest and the inside of the legs. If you have a rottweiler or a similar breed, try to duplicate its pattern on your drawing. It's always a good idea to use reference. Don't forget to pause the "How to Draw a Rottweiler" to draw at your own pace.
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