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Step 7: Darken the triangular shape inside the muzzle to create the kangaroo's nose. Make the corners pointier and draw a curved line at the bottom for the nostril. Under the nose, draw a line that curves to the left for the first part of the mouth. Use a series of short strokes along the left side of the mouth for fur. Darken the right edge of the initial arc for the rest of the mouth and muzzle. Draw a curved line under the mouth that's made up of short strokes for the chin.

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Step 8: Darken the arc on the top, left side of the head to create the kangaroo's ear. Extend the shape of the ear into the head and make the tip pointier. Inside the shape, draw a series of curved lines and short strokes for the inner ear's structure and fur.

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Step 9: Use the arc on the right side as guide to draw the kangaroo's other ear the same way. This ear is facing right, so draw the edge of the ear as a line across the middle of the arc. On the right side of that line, draw a series of short strokes for the fur inside the ear.

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Step 10: Use the remaining shapes and lines as guides to draw the rest of the kangaroo's head. Draw a sloping line from the ear on the left to the eye on the right to create the top part of the head. Darken the outer edges of the initial guides to create the rest of the muzzle and jaw. Use a series of short strokes to darken the lines that make up the neck. Add a few more short strokes inside the head for a furry texture.

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Step 11: 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 Red Kangaroo Head Portrait Face

Final Step: Add some shading to your red kangaroo drawing for extra detail. Use a medium value for the eyes but don't overlap the tiny highlight circles as you shade. Use a medium value all over the head but leave a few sections around the muzzle blank for the white fur. Shade lightly at first and gradually build up to darker values. For light values, push down very lightly on your pencil and push down harder for darker values. As you shade, use strokes that go in the general direction of the fur. The strokes should basically radiate outward from the nose. Also, separate each stroke a bit so that the white of the paper comes through and creates a more furry texture. Use a dark value for the nose and to create a striped pattern on the muzzle. Add a darker value to create shadows. 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 a red kangaroo. For a more detailed guide on how to shade, check out this tutorial: How to shade.

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