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Step 10: Darken the line under the body for the first part of the megalodon's pectoral fin. To the left, draw another sloping line to finish the shape of the pectoral fin. The top of the fin should be wide and the bottom narrow. Don't make the tip too pointy. Inside the fin, near the bottom edge, draw a line to make the shape thicker.

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Step 11: Darken the bottom edges of the initial guide to create the underside of this extinct shark species' body. Darken the line on the far right and add another line next to it to create the other pectoral fin. This pectoral fin should be smaller than the first one. Add a line inside, near the top, to make the shape thicker.

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Step 12: Darken the long, sloping guide at the top for the first part of the megalodon shark's body. Near the middle of the line, draw a small, triangular shape for the second dorsal fin. Darken the bottom guide line to finish the shape of the shark's body. Along the bottom, draw two more small triangles for the pelvic and anal fins.

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Step 13: Use the shapes on the left side as guides to draw the megalodon's tail or caudal fin. Darken the outer edges of the guides to create the shape of the caudal fin. Near the top of the tail, add a curved shape for the terminal margin.

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Step 14: 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: Draw a squiggly line across the head and along the underside of the megalodon's body to separate the light and dark sides. Shade your drawing. Nobody is exactly sure what the extinct megalodon looked like, so you can shade your drawing however you'd like. For this look that's similar to a great white shark, use a medium value on the section above the squiggly line. Shade lightly at first, and then gradually build up to darker values. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value. For a more detailed guide on how to shade, check out this tutorial: How to shade.

Shark skin should appear smooth, so avoid a rough, gritty texture. Use smooth, even strokes as you shade. Leave the edges of the megalodon's dorsal and pectoral fins blank to emphasize their thickness. Shading can be time-consuming so be patient and take breaks. Use a dark value for the inside of the mouth but don't overlap the teeth as you shade. Use a light value to create shadows and give the figure more dimension and volume. Pick the direction of the light source when shading so that the shadows are consistent with it. Don't forget to pause the video after each step to draw at your own pace.

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