Draw Chinchilla 15

Step 15: Use the curved line on the left as a guide to draw the chinchilla's tail. First lightly sketch the shape of the tail as you follow the guide. When you get the shape of the tail right, darken it using quick, short strokes for a bushy texture.

Draw Chinchilla 16

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 all of the guides. It's okay to leave some behind. Re-draw any final sketch lines that you may have accidentally erased.

How to Draw a Chinchilla

Final Step (optional): Add some shading to your chinchilla 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 chinchilla drawing.

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

You can also add more value throughout your chinchilla drawing for extra detail. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value. Shading can be time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks. Add the value by using strokes that go in the general direction of the chinchilla's fur. It's always a good idea to use reference for a more accurate drawing. If you have a pet chinchilla, try to duplicate its fur on your drawing. Use longer strokes when shading the tail for a bushier texture. Don't forget to pause the "How to Draw a Chinchilla" video after each step to draw at your own pace.

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