Step 20: Use the last angled line as a guide to draw the other hind leg the same way. Draw the king cheetah's leg around the guide. Bend the shape in the middle for the joint and add the toes as curved lines at the bottom. Add tiny triangular shapes on the tips of the toes for the claws. The top part of this leg will be hidden behind the cheetah's body.
Step 21: Use the remaining lines and shapes as guides to draw the rest of the king cheetah's body. Use short strokes along the curved guide at the top for the fur standing up on the back. Darken the outer edges of the initial guides to create the rest of the body. Use longer strokes at the bottom for the fur on the underside of the body. Don't overlap the limbs that are on this side of the body. Add some strokes on the neck for extra detail. Darken the curved guide line on the left for the top edge of the tail. Use short strokes for the tip of the tail and add a curved line at the bottom to complete the shape.
Step 22: Go over the final sketch lines with a pen, marker or any other type of permanent ink. Take your time and be careful when you ink to avoid any accidents. After inking, get rid of every pencil mark with an eraser for a cleaner drawing.
Final Step: Something's missing. The coat pattern! Add the king cheetah's distinctive coat pattern all over the body using ink. Add tiny spots on the forehead and sides of the head, and darken the tear marks under the eyes. The pattern on the king cheetah's back consists of big, blotchy spots that connect to form long, horizontal stripes. Follow the curvature of the body shape as you add the stripe pattern on the back. On the front part of the body, draw more spot-like shapes but make them more irregular than the circular spots of a normal cheetah.
The markings at the top should be long, and they should gradually get shorter the farther down they are. Farther down the body, make the markings blotchier and more irregular. Don't overthink it. Just add a bunch of random irregular shapes all over the king cheetah's body and fill them in. This process shouldn't be too difficult, but it is very time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks. Add thick bands on the tail so that the pattern almost makes the tail solid black. King cheetahs are actually normal cheetahs with a mutation for this coat pattern. If you want a regular cheetah using this pose, just draw the standard spots.
Color your king cheetah drawing! Use light yellow for the base of the coat. Use light brown and a bit of gray to add shadows throughout the body. Pick the direction of the light source so that the shadows are consistent with it. Add yellow directly on top of the brown and gray in the areas between the coat pattern. Add yellow-orange, light yellow and similar colors directly on top of each other and slowly blend them. Add the colors lightly at first and slowly build up to the shade of yellow that you like. Keep the area around the eyes and muzzle blank.
Use more light brown to emphasize the shadows and black to emphasize the coat pattern. Color the eyes red. Draw a cast shadow under the body using light brown, gray and a bit of purple. Continue to slowly add different shades of yellow and orange and blend them in until you're happy with the coat color. It's a good idea to use reference as you draw for an accurate representation of a king cheetah. Don't forget to pause the video to draw and color at your own pace.
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