Please PAUSE the video after each step to draw at your own pace.

For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.

Step 1: Draw an oval on the left side of the paper as a guide for the raccoon's head. The oval doesn't have to be perfect. It's just a guide. Leave enough room on the right for the body.

Step 2: Draw two intersecting lines inside the head to help you place the raccoon's facial features later on. Curve the lines a bit to follow the contour of the contour of the oval.

Step 3: Draw a small oval on the lower half of the raccoon's head as a guide for the muzzle. The bottom part of the oval shouldn't touch the bottom edge of the main oval.

Step 4: Draw two small arcs on top of the head as guides for the raccoon's ears.

Step 5: Draw a big circle to the right of the head as a guide for the back part of the raccoon's body. Don't draw it too far away from the body or your raccoon will end up too long. The circle should be about twice the size of the original oval. The top edge of the circle should line up with the bottom of the ear on the right.

Step 6: Draw a couple of curved lines that connect the big circle to the head to form the front part of the raccoon's body.

Step 7: Draw four short, angled lines below the body as guides for the raccoon's feet. The lines in front bend near the middle, then again at the end, while the lines in the back bend just once.

Step 8: Draw a curved line on the right side of the body as a guide for the raccoon's tail.

That's it for the initial sketch! From this point on, press harder with your pencil to get a more defined sketch.

Step 9: Draw the eyes inside the raccoon's head using the lines as guides for placement. First lightly draw two small circles, then make the sides pointier as you darken them. Inside each eye, draw a tiny circle to represent glare and a dot for the pupil. Shade the rest of the eyes using a value that's lighter than the pupils. Draw a few small lines around the eye for extra detail.

Step 10: Draw the nose inside the muzzle by first lightly drawing a small circle. Draw two darker lines on the sides of the circle for the raccoon's nostrils. Darken the bottom part of the circle using two curved lines to split the nose. Draw the top part using quick, short strokes to indicate fur.

Step 11: Draw the rest of the raccoon's muzzle by using the lower half of the small oval as a guide. Draw a small line under the nose for the mouth. Then draw a longer line made up of quick, short strokes for the lower part of the head.

Step 12: Use the arcs on the raccoon's head as guides to draw the ears. Darken the line for the ears as you follow the path of the arcs and give them more structure. Draw quick, short strokes inside each shape for the fur within the ear.

Step 13: Use the original oval as a guide to draw the rest of the raccoon's head. Use quick, short strokes as you follow the basic path of the oval to give the head a fuzzy texture. The bottom part of the raccoon's head should be wider than the top part near the ears.

Step 14: Use the lines on the left as guides to draw the front feet. Lightly sketch the shape of the leg as you follow the path of the line. When you get the structure right, darken the lines. Draw a few curved lines at the end for the paws. Draw the leg on the other side by using the other line as a guide. Draw it the same way by lightly sketching the shape first and only darkening the lines when you get the structure right.

Step 15: Now use the other lines as guides to draw the hind legs using the same technique. The hind legs should be wider at the top and become narrower near the bottom. Use longer strokes near the bottom of the foot to indicate the shaggier fur. The toes on the hind legs are longer, so use longer lines to create them. Draw a small triangle at the end of the toes for the claws. Draw the visible portion of the hind leg on the other side by using the initial line as a guide.

Step 16: Use the remaining lines as guides to draw the rest of the racoon's body and tail. Follow the path of the lines as you add the quick, short strokes throughout the body for a furry texture. Make the tail wider as you follow the path of the line. Use longer strokes for a shaggier tail.

Step 17 (optional): You can stop here and move on to step 20 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 all of the guides. It's okay to leave some behind. Also re-draw any final sketch lines that you may have accidentally erased.

Step 18 (optional): Add some shading to your raccoon 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.

Step 19 (optional): Add a cast shadow underneath. This helps ground the raccoon so it doesn't appear to be floating.

Step 20: There's something missing! Add the distinctive "mask" around the eyes! First sketch the curved lines above the eyes. Then add the shapes under the eyes that curve down to the cheeks and end on top of the nose. Shade the inside of the shape you just created using a dark value.

Step 21 (optional): You can add more value throughout your raccoon drawing for extra detail. Add the value by using strokes that go in the general direction of the fur. Add the rings around the tail as bars of a darker value. Make the bars thinner at the top near the base of the tail. It's a good idea to use reference for accuracy. And remember to pause the video to draw at your own pace.

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