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Step 15: Using the lines as guides, draw the triceratops' front legs. Draw lightly at first to get the structure right. When you're happy with what you have, go ahead and darken it. Draw a few curved lines at the top of the limb to indicate the creases on the skin. Bend the triceratops' foot at the joint. Draw the toes at the bottom using a few curved lines. Add a small hoof at the end of each toe. Draw the leg on the other side the same way. Draw lightly at first to get the structure right, then darken it. Don't forget the toes!
Step 16: Now use the other lines as guides to draw the triceratops' hind legs. Remember to sketch lightly at first. The hind legs are a lot bigger than the front legs. Draw the leg wider on top and narrow at the bottom. Bend the leg at the joint and draw a few bumps below the joint for the muscular structure. Draw the toes at the bottom. The fourth toe is hidden from view. Draw the leg on the other side using the same technique.
Step 17: Draw the rest of the triceratops' body by using the lines as guides. Draw a few bumps throughout the skin for a rougher look as you darken the guide lines.
Step 18 (optional): For a cleaner look, erase as much as you can of the initial guide lines. Don't worry about erasing all of them. It's okay to leave some behind. Also re-draw any final sketch lines that you may have accidentally erased.
Final Step (optional): Add some shading to your drawing to give it more dimension and volume. Pick the direction of the light source when shading so that the shadows are consistent with it. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value. Add a cast shadow underneath. This helps ground the triceratops so it doesn't appear to be floating.
You can add more value throughout your triceratops drawing for extra detail. Nobody is exactly sure as to what a triceratops looked like, so this part is up to you! Add spots or patches or even stripes! If you want this look, add a solid value first. Then draw random squiggly lines all over that resemble spots. You can PAUSE the video to use this drawing as reference and at any other time you need help.
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