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Step 15: Draw a few lines within the shape of the falcon's wings for further structure and extra detail. Add a wavy line near the top of the left wing to give it a more curved look. Extend the curved lines at the bottom of the wing in toward the body to make the feathers longer. On the right wing, draw a row of small, curved lines near the top for the shorter feathers. Now draw a few longer lines near the middle of the wing. This wing will have more detail because it's closer. Extend the curved lines at the bottom of to create the long feathers. The lines should be closer shorter to the base.
Step 16: Use the lines at the bottom as a guide to draw the falcon's leg on the right. Use quick, short strokes to draw the thick base of the leg near the body. Follow the path of the lines to draw the individual toes. Draw a curved line at the tip of each toe for the sharp talons.
Step 17: Use the other line to draw the falcon's leg on the other side. The base of this leg is hidden behind the first one, so don't draw all of it. Add the bird's individual toes and talons, though.
Step 18: Use the remaining lines as guides to draw the rest of the falcon's body and tail. Follow the path of the guides and darken the lines. The bottom line for the neck comes in toward the body a bit. Use long, curved lines at the bottom of the initial arc to represent the tail feathers.
Step 19 (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. Re-draw any final sketch lines you may have accidentally erased.
Final Step (optional): Add some shading to your falcon 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 going to add more value to your drawing.
You can add more value throughout your falcon drawing for extra detail. The feather pattern varies between falcon species. A lot of falcons have a speckled pattern. The pattern on the face can also vary. For a peregrine falcon like this one, add a dark value on the head and below the eye. To achieve a speckled pattern, alternate the pressure of your pencil as you add the value. Add a few spots on the underside of the falcon's body. Try not to overthink it. Just add the spots randomly.
Add the speckled pattern on the top part of the body and the other wing too. Remember to get this pattern right, alternate between pushing down hard on your pencil, then lightly all over the section you want to cover. This process can be time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks. It seems more difficult than it actually is. Just add spots randomly all over the falcon's body. It's always a good idea to use reference for a more accurate drawing. Some falcons have a solid feather pattern, so just shade the body evenly for an easier drawing. Don't forget the pause the "How to Draw a Falcon" video after each step to draw at your own pace.
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