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Step 15: Now draw the chipmunk's tail. Follow the path of the guide on the right side and use quick short strokes.
Step 16 (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. Also re-draw any final sketch lines that you may have accidentally erased.
Final Step (optional): Add some shading to your chipmunk 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.
Draw a cast shadow underneath. This helps ground the chipmunk so it doesn't appear to be floating.
You can add more value throughout your chipmunk drawing for extra detail. Chipmunks usually have three dark bands and two light bands across their eyes. Add the value by using strokes that go in the general direction of the fur. Try not to add the value too smoothly to get a more fuzzy texture. Notice the gaps between the strokes. Chipmunks also have alternating dark and light bands on their backs, so vary the pressure on your pencil for different values. It's a good idea to use reference for accuracy on the chipmunk's coat pattern. Remember to pause the video to draw at your own pace.
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