Step 15: Draw the lizard's tail using the initial line as a guide. Give the tail more girth at the base and make the top part spiky. The tail ends at a point. You can make the lizard's tail as along or as short as you want.
Step 16 (optional): For a cleaner look, erase as much as you can of the guides. Don't worry about erasing all of the guides. It's okay to leave some behind.
Final Step (optional): You can draw some lines throughout the lizard's body for extra detail. The lines give the skin a rougher, scalier look. Don't draw every individual scale, just a few to give it texture.
Add some shading to give your lizard drawing 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 lizard so it doesn't appear to be floating.
You can add more value throughout your lizard drawing for extra detail. To indicate the rough texture of the skin, draw many squiggly lines all over the body. Don't overthink it. Just add them randomly. It's a good idea to use reference if you want more accuracy in your lizard drawing.
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