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Step 16: Use the remaining shapes and lines as guides to draw the rest of the condor's body. Darken the outer edges of the guides to create the body's shape but use lines that are wavier than the guides. Draw a series of sloping lines inside the tail shape for individual feathers. Add a couple of curved lines under the feet to create a rock for the condor to perch on.

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Step 17: 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: Shade your drawing. Condors have dark feathers on their bodies but start shading lightly and gradually build up to a darker value. For a light value, push very lightly on your pencil then slowly push harder for darker values. Use a medium value for the head, feet and the rock. Then add shadows using a darker value. Pick the light source as you shade so that the shadows are consistent. Here the light source is coming from above, so most of the shadows will be on the underside of the shapes. Draw a series of vertical lines along the bottom half of the wing to create the feathers. You should have three rows of feathers with the top row being the shortest. Add a lighter value to the top part of the folded wing for a highlight. Shading can be time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks. It's a good idea to use reference as you draw for a more accurate depiction of an Andean condor. For a more detailed guide on how to shade, check out this tutorial: How to shade.

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