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Step 15: Follow the path of the arc on the right as you draw a series of strokes to create the anteater's big bushy tail. The strokes for the tail should be longer than those for the body because the tail is very shaggy.

 

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Step 16: 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. Re-draw any final sketch lines that you may have accidentally erased.

 

Draw Giant Anteater

Final Step: Add some shading to your anteater 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 on.

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

You can add even more value throughout your anteater drawing for extra detail. Giant anteaters have a long, thin, dark, spike- like shape on their coat. Draw this shape right above the front leg and use a dark value. Now add a medium value to the rest of the coat but leave a thin stripe above the spike-like shape blank.

Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value. Add the value by using strokes that go in the general direction of the fur. Don't worry about shading too smoothly. Separate each individual stroke a bit to get a coarser, more bristle-like texture.

Shading can be time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks. It's always a good idea to use reference for a more accurate drawing. Remember to pause the "How to Draw an Anteater" video after each step to draw at your own pace.

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