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Step 15: Draw the tail on the right side using the initial lines as guides. Darken the lines as you follow the guides. Draw a few lines within the swallow's tail to represent the detail of the bird's feathers. Draw a row of quick, short strokes near the middle, then longer strokes on the right side.
Step 16 (optional): You can stop here for a sketchy look or erase as much as you can of the initial guide lines for a cleaner look. Don't worry about erasing them all. It's okay to leave some behind. Re-draw any final sketch lines that you may have accidentally erased.
Final Step (optional): Add some shading to your swallow 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 swallow drawing for extra detail. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value. Use a lighter value on a few parts of the bird's body to represent the shine of the feathers. Try to shade evenly as you add value for a smooth, even look instead of a rough, gritty texture. Adding the extra value can be very time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks as you draw along. There are different types of swallows, so it's a good idea to use reference to accurately draw the type of swallow you want. And remember to pause the "How to Draw a Swallow" video as you follow along to draw at your own pace.
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