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Step 15: Now use the lines on the right side as guides to draw the hind legs. Remember to sketch lightly at first and only darken the lines when you get the structure right. Make the base of the leg at the top wide and don't forget to add the toes at the bottom using small curved lines. Draw the last leg using the line as a guide but only draw the bottom part, as the top will be blocked by the body.
Step 16: Use the lines and shapes as guides to draw the Persian cat's body. Draw a series of lines to right the head to represent the overlapping fur. Use quick, short strokes as you follow the path of the guides to represent the long fur. The longer these strokes are, the longer the fur will seem.
Step 17: Use the line on the top right as a guide to draw the tail. Use longer strokes as you follow the basic path of the guide for a fluffier 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 the guides. 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 Persian cat 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. Add the value lightly at first, then gradually build up to the level of darkness that you want. Use long strokes as you shade to emphasize the long hair of the coat. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value. Shading can be time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks. You can add the value to different sections of the body at a time to break up the shading process. Add a cast shadow underneath. This helps ground the Persian cat so it doesn't appear to be floating.
You can add more value throughout your Persian cat drawing for extra detail. You can skip this step entirely for a white cat. Cats have a variety of coats, so you can shade your however you'd like. Try to add the value by using strokes that go in the general direction of the cat's fur. Cats can have stripes, spots or large patches on their coat. For large patches, block out large sections of the coat with a darker value. Don't worry about shading too smoothly. The rough value gives the coat a furry texture. It's always a good idea to use reference when drawing for a more accurate drawing. If you have a pet Persian, try to duplicate its pattern on your drawing. Don't forget to pause the "How to Draw a Persian Cat" video after each step to draw at your own pace.
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