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Step 15: Use the initial lines as guide to draw the rest of the woodpecker's body. Follow the path of the guides and darken the lines. Extend the stripe on the head toward the wing.


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Step 16: Use the long, thin arc below the body as a guide to draw the woodpecker's tail.


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Step 17: Draw a series of vertical lines on the right to represent the side of a tree for the woodpecker to grab on to. First draw a long, vertical line aligned with the feet for the trunk. Then add a few smaller lines for the tree's texture.


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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.


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Final Step (optional): Some woodpeckers have brightly colored heads, so instead of the usual shading, try coloring your drawing. Start by adding a darker shade of red or brown to the bottom part of the head. Then use lighter shades of red, like red-orange, the closer you get to the top of the head. Continue adding the shades of red and blending them to the top of the head and the stripe next to the beak. Add some brown to the pupil, yellow to the iris and some gray to the beak and feet.

Start adding the black to the rest of the body. Add the black lightly at first, then build up to the level of darkness that you want. Be sure to leave the white parts of the woodpecker blank. Try to not overlap black color into these areas. There's a tiny, white stripe above the eye, a longer stripe next to the beak that moves down to the wing and a small stripe under the beak. Coloring can be time- consuming, so be patient and take breaks. Consider coloring separate sections at different times to break dwon the process. Continue adding black until you reach the level of darkness that you want. Push harder with your pencil for a richer shade.

Use some black for the tree trunk as well. Or you can just use brown on the tree for a simpler drawing. Add a few diagonal stripes using a dark brown to give the tree bark some texture. Then add different shades of brown to the tree trunk and slowly build up to the shade that you want. It's a good idea to use reference for a more accurate drawing. Remember to pause the "How to Draw a Woodpecker" video after each step to draw at your own pace.

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