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Step 15: Darken the remaining lines to create the rest of the okapi's body and tail. Draw the tail on the left side of the body using a series of long lines.

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Step 16 (optional): For a cleaner look, erase as much of you can of the original guide lines. Don't worry about erasing all of the guides. It's okay to leave some behind. Re-draw any final sketch lines that you may have accidentally erased.

Draw an Okapi

Final Step (optional): Add some shading to your okapi 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. Don't worry too much about the shading if you're going to add more value to your drawing later.

Add a cast shadow underneath. This helps ground the okapi so it doesn't appear to be floating.

You can add more value throughout your okapi drawing for extra detail. Leave a few thin sections on the head unshaded for the veins on the face. The front part of the okapi's muzzle is generally darker, while the rest of the head is lighter. The rest of the body, not including the legs, is a solid dark value all over. Try to add the value evenly across the body for a smooth coat and avoid a rough, gritty texture. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value. Add a slightly darker value at the bottom for the value and a lighter value at the top for the coat's shine.

Okapis have stripes on their legs. Draw them by alternating between a dark and light value. Okapis have unique stripes on their legs, so don't worry too much about making them perfect. Just add different-sized bands down the legs. The stripes on their hind legs reach higher than the front legs, so draw them all the way up to the butt. Make the ends of the stripes on the top pointy. The stripes lower on the leg are mainly different-sized bands. It's always a good idea to use reference when drawing. Don't forget to pause the "How to Draw an Okapi" video at your own pace.

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