Step 15: Use the remaining shapes and lines as guides to draw the rest of the emu's body. Draw another U shape on the lower left side of the body for the tail. Use quick, short strokes as you draw. Use longer strokes at the bottom of the body for the bird's shaggier feathers found here.
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. Re-draw any final sketch lines that you may have accidentally erased.
Final Step (optional): Add some shading to your emu drawing to give it more dimension and value. 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 emu so it doesn't appear to be floating.
You can add more value throughout your emu drawing for more detail. Use a darker value for th e head and neck feathers. Also leave a portion blank for the bald spots. Don't worry about shading too smoothly. The rough value gives the feathers a shaggy texture. Try to add the value by using strokes that go in the general direction of the emu's feathers. Space apart the strokes as you add the value for the typical shaggy emu feathers. Don't forget to pause the "How to Draw an Emu" video after each step to draw at your own pace.
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