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Step 15: Use the line on the far right side as a guide to draw the first hind leg. Sketch the leg lightly as you follow the basic path of the guide and only darken the lines when you get the shape right. The top part of the leg should be thicker than the bottom. Add a couple of curved lines at the tip of the foot to separate the individual toes. Curve the shape of the leg near the middle as the guide bends to represent the joints.


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Step 16: Draw the lion cub's other hind leg the same way. Follow the basic path of the guide as you make the shape of the leg wider. The top part of the leg will be behind the other hind leg, so don't worry about drawing that section.


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Step 17: Use the remaining lines as guides to draw the rest of the lion cub's body. Simply darken the outer edges of the initial guides to create the shape of the body. Use quick, short strokes as you follow the guides to create a fur-like texture. Use the line on the left side as a guide to draw the cub's tail. If you made your initial guides thinner or wider, now is the time to correct them to give your cub the proper body shape.


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Step 18: 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 throughout your lion cub drawing to give it extra detail. Use a light value for the whole body but add some darker stripes on the forehead and make the nose dark too. Leave a section under the eyes blank, along with the muzzle, jaw and chin. As you add the value, use strokes that go in the general direction of the fur. For the body, the strokes should be horizontal.

Use vertical strokes for the legs. Leave the underside and chest blank along the inner sections of the legs. Shading can be time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks. Lion cubs have markings for camouflage, so add some spots using a darker value on the legs and back. Don't overthink it when adding the spots. Simply add random markings using a darker value.

Add some shading to your lion cub 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. The value of the shadows should be about as dark as the spots. It's always a good idea to use reference for a more accurate drawing.

Add a cast shadow underneath. This helps ground the lion cub so it doesn't appear to be floating. If you'd like, you can add a darker value to the coat. Add some value to the eyes as well, and don't forget to pause the video after each step to draw at your own pace.

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