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Step 15: Use the line under the body as a guide to draw the front leg on this side. Sketch the leg lightly as you follow the basic path of the guide. Darken the lines when you get the structure right. Use a couple of small curved lines at the bottom for the Maine coon cat's toes and quick, short strokes at the top for the fur.


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Step 16: Use the other angled lines as guides to draw the Maine Coon cat's remaining legs. Use the line on the right as a guide to draw the front leg on the other side the same way as the first leg. The hind leg should be flat. Use quick, short strokes that go all the way up to the top of the front leg for the base.


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Step 17: Use the initial lines and shapes as guides to draw the rest of the Maine coon cat's body. Use quick, short strokes as you follow the basic path of the guides to represent the long fur. Add a few extra strokes under the neck for the fluffy fur found on the chest.


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Step 18: Use the curved line at the bottom as a guide to draw the Maine Coon's tail. Follow the basic path of the guide but make the shape thicker as you darken the lines.


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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.


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Final Step: Add some shading to your 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 in the next couple of steps.

Add a cast shadow underneath. This helps ground the cat so it doesn't appear to be floating.

You can add even more value throughout your drawing for extra detail. You can also skip this step entirely for an all-white cat. Cats' coats can be a single solid color, they can have patches or even stripes, so you can shade yours however you'd like. For a tabby pattern like this one, add a few stripes above the eyes and a darker value on the Maine coon cat's head. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value throughout the face. Add the value lightly at first, then gradually build up to the level of darkness that you want.

The stripes should be dark, the rest of the face should be a medium value, and some sections, like directly under the eyes, should be almost white. Shading can be very 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. Use longer strokes as you shade the body to emphasize the long hair of the coat. Try to add the value by using strokes that go in the general direction of the fur until the entire body is covered.

Continue shading the body but use a lighter value on the chest to emphasize it. Alternate between a dark and light value to give the legs and body a striped pattern. Continue adding the striped pattern to the Maine coon cat's tail as well. If you have a Maine coon, a Norwegian forest cat or another similar breed, try to duplicate its pattern on your drawing. Remember to pause the "How to Draw a Maine Coon Cat" video after each step to draw at your own pace.

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