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Step 15: Use the L-shaped line as a guide to draw the puffin's feet under the body. First draw the feathers at the base. Then draw the feet by following the path of the guide. The webbing won't be noticeable because of the perspective. Most of the foot on the other side is hiding behind the foot in front, so only draw the visible portion.
Step 16 (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): Puffins have brightly colored beaks, so instead of the usual shading, try coloring your puffin drawing. Using gray, add some shading to give the drawing more dimension and volume. Pick the direction of the light source to draw the shadows consistently. Shadows are generally at the cool end of the color spectrum, so add some blue or purple to the shadows. Draw a cast shadow underneath using gray and blue. This helps ground the puffin so it doesn't appear to be floating.
Use black on the puffin's body except for the face and chest. Try to add the black using strokes that go in the general direction of the puffin's feathers. Coloring the black section can be very time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks. Some of this process is edited out of the video. You can vary the pressure on the color to achieve different shades of black for a more textured look on the puffin's feathers. Add some blue to the feathers so the black won't be so flat.
Use a lighter gray for the fleshy portion around the puffin's eyes and for the base of the beak. add some orange to the tip of the beak and to the feet. It's always a good idea to use reference to accurately color your drawings. Use red-orange to give the beak and feet a deeper, richer look. Use a bit of yellow-orange for more vibrant highlights. Continue adding these colors on top of each other to achieve the classic puffin look. Add darker tones throughout the puffin's body using black and brown for a richer contrast. Remember to pause the "How to Draw a Puffin" video after each step to draw at your own pace.
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