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Step 15: Now use the other lines as guides to draw the cougar's hind legs. Remember to sketch lightly at first as you follow the path of the line to get the structure right. The top of the hind leg should be thicker than the top of the front leg. Use the other line as a guide to draw the hind leg on the other side using the same technique.
Step 16: Use the remaining lines as guides to draw the rest of the cougar's body and tail. Follow the path of the guide line as you make the tail thicker.
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 the guides. 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 cougar 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 cougar so it doesn't appear to be floating.
You can add more value throughout your cougar drawing for extra detail. Add an extra dark value on the sides of the muzzle to give it the distinct cougar look. Try to shade the body using a single value to get an even-looking coat. It's always a good idea to use reference for accuracy. Remember to pause the video any time you need help.
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