Step 15: Use the remaining lines as guides to draw the rest of the orca's body. Darken the lines using smooth strokes to give the orca a sleek body. Whales are the biggest members of the dolphin family. Males are more than 20 feet long and weigh more than 6 tons!
Step 16: Draw a few wavy lines to indicate the separation of the black and white tones inside the body. Draw a big wave-like shape underneath the orca's body. Draw a narrow, wavy shape behind the dorsal fin called a "saddle patch." Every whale has a unique patch, so it's okay to not draw it perfectly.
Step 17 (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 orca 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.
You can add more value throughout your orca drawing for extra detail. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value. Don't leave the saddle patch blank. It's actually a grayish color, so be sure to add some value to it too. Adding the dark value to the entire orca can be very time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks. Try to add the dark value uniformly throughout the orca's body for smooth, sleek skin instead of a rough-textured feel. It's a good idea to use reference to be as accurate as possible. Remember to PAUSE the "How to Draw an Orca" video to draw at your own pace.
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