Step 25: Use the remaining lines and shapes as guides to draw the rest of the red deer's body. Draw a series of short strokes below the head for the longer hair on the neck. The longer you make these strokes on the neck, the bigger the mane will be. Darken the outer edges of the rest of the guides to create the shape of the body. As you draw the body, don't overlap the legs that are on this side of the body. On the left side, draw a small, curved shape with a pointy bottom for the red deer's tail pointing down.
Step 26: 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: Add some shading to your red deer drawing for extra detail. Use a dark value on the nose but leave a strip at the top blank for shine. Use a medium value for the head but leave the muzzle, the area around the eyes and the ears blank. Use a dark value for the mane on the neck. Separate each individual stroke a bit so that the white of the paper comes through and emphasizes the texture of the red deer's mane. Gradually transition from the dark value of the mane to a medium color for the body. As you shade, use strokes that go in the general direction of the deer's coat. For a more detailed guide on how to shade, check out this tutorial: How to shade.
Use a dark value throughout the red deer's body to create shadows and give the drawing 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. Add some shadows to the antlers using a dark value too. Shading can be time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks. It's always a good idea to use reference as you draw. Remember to pause the video to draw at your own pace.
Add a cast shadow underneath. This helps ground the deer so it doesn't appear to be floating.
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