How to Draw a Common European Mole Side 15

Step 15: For a cleaner look, erase as much as you can of the initial guidelines. 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.

How to Draw a Common European Mole Side

Final Step: Add some shading to your mole drawing for extra detail. Leave a strip on top of the nose blank for highlight. Shade using a series of short strokes all over the head to simulate fur. Moles don't have a pattern like spots or stripes on their coats, so just use a medium-to-dark value all over the body. For a more detailed guide on how to shade, check out this tutorial: How to shade.

Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value. As you shade, use strokes that go in the general direction of the mole's fur. The strokes should radiate outward from the snout. Shade lightly at first and gradually get to the level of darkness that the fur should be. Shading can be time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks.

Don't shade the mole's paws yet. The paws are lighter and a lot less furry than the rest of the body. Use a lighter value on certain areas, like the snout and back of the head, for highlights and sheen on the fur. Continue shading until the entire body is covered in a medium-to-dark value. Use a value that's lighter than the body to shade the paws and claws. Use a medium value to create shadows and give the mole's paws more dimension and volume.

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

It's a good idea to use reference as you draw. Don't forget to pause the video to draw at your own pace.

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