Step 15: Use the initial lines and shapes under the body as guides to draw the front legs. Use quick, short strokes as you follow the path of the guides to create the furry shape of the kitten's first leg. Darken the half- oval to create the shape of the paw. Add three lines at the bottom of the paw to separate the individual toes. Draw the other front leg the same way. Darken the leg using quick, short strokes and add the paws and toes at the bottom.
Step 16: Use the lines on the right side of the body as guides to draw the tail. Use quick, short strokes as you follow the path of the line to create a sort of oval shape for the tip of the kitten's tail. The line for the tail, which is made up of short strokes, should curve back up toward the body and end close to where it began.
Step 17: Use the initial half-circles that are on either side of the front legs as guides to draw the hind paws. Simply darken the outer shape of the half-circles for the kitten's paws and draw a few lines within each paw for the individual toes.
Step 18: Use the remaining lines and shapes as guides to draw the rest of the kitten's body. Use quick, short strokes as you follow the outer path of the guides to create the shape of the body. If you'd like, you can use even longer strokes to represent longer, shaggier fur. Add a few strokes under the head to give the chest a furrier and fluffier texture.
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.
Final Step (optional): Add some shading to your Persian kitten 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. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value. You can stop after this step if you'd like your kitten to be white. Continue adding the value until the entire body has the appropriate shadows.
You can add even more value throughout your drawing for extra detail. Persian kittens can have a variety of coat patterns, so feel free to shade yours however you'd like. Don't worry about shading too smoothly. The rough value gives the coat a furry texture. Instead focus on adding the strokes in the basic direction that the fur should go. As you add the value, separate each individual stroke a bit so that the white of the paper comes through and emphasizes the fur. Adding the value can be very time- consuming, so be patient and take breaks. It's always a good idea to use reference as you draw. If you have a pet kitten, try to duplicate its pattern on your drawing. Remember to pause the video after each step to draw at your own pace.
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