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Step 20: Use the line to the right as a guide to draw the other hind leg the same way. Curve the shape along the angles of the guide to create the joints on the leg. A big part of the top of the leg will be hidden by the samoyed's body, so just draw the bottom visible part.

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Step 21: Draw a series of short strokes directly on top of the curved guide line on the body for the tail. Don't make the strokes too long or the samoyed's tail will appear shaggy instead of fluffy. At the bottom, curve the strokes to the right and then back up to create the bottom of the dog's tail resting on the body.

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Step 22: Use the remaining lines and shapes as guides to draw the rest of the samoyed dog's body. Darken the outer edges of the initial guides using short strokes to create the fluffy shape of the body. Don't overlap the shape of the tail as you darken the body. Use slightly longer strokes on the underside. Add a few short strokes inside the body to emphasize the furry texture.

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Step 23: 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.

How to Draw a White Samoyed Puppy Dog

Final Step: Add some shading to your samoyed dog drawing to give the figure more dimension and volume. Use a dark value for the dog's ears and the nose. Use a light value for a section at the top of the nose for shine. Samoyeds are white, so use a light value to add shadows to the fur. As you shade, use strokes that go in the general direction of the fur. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value. Pick the direction of the light source when shading so that the shadows are consistent with it. Shade lightly at first and slowly build up to the level of darkness you like. For a more detailed guide on how to shade, check out this tutorial: How to shade.

Use a slightly darker value along the bottom for the stronger shadows there. It's a good idea to use reference as you draw for a more accurate depiction of a samoyed dog. If you have a samoyed dog or a similar breed, try to duplicate its fur on your drawing. Shading can be time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks. Don't forget to pause the video to draw at your own pace.

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

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