Draw Ocelot 15

Step 15: Use the remaining lines as guides to draw the rest of the ocelot's body and tail. Follow the path of the guides as you darken the lines. Make the shape of the tail thicker. Ocelots have relatively short tails. To conserve space on the page, the tail was drawn even shorter here.

Draw Ocelot 16

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 Ocelot Final

Final Step (optional): Add the ocelot's coat pattern! Darken the lines around the ocelot's eyes and draw some spots on the head. Draw a couple of stripes on the sides of the head and smaller spots on the muzzle along with some whiskers. Add a few more tiny spots above and below the eyes.

The coats of ocelots can vary greatly between individuals. Their coats consist of rosettes, spots, stripes and curved bands. The shapes on the coat tend to be smaller on the limbs and larger on the body, especially the back. Because the coat pattern varies so greatly, it's a good idea to use reference for a more accurate drawing. A lot of the time the rosettes along the back fuse together to form long bands with spots inside. The pattern doesn't have to look exactly the same as this. Just add different-sized bands across the ocelot's entire body. The shapes are bigger and thicker on top and are small and more like spots down by the limbs. Remember to pause the video to draw at your own pace.

You can add more value throughout your ocelot drawing for extra detail. The area around the eyes and muzzle are pretty pale, so don't add value there. Add a solid value to the rest of the body. It's okay to go over the pattern. Make sure this value is a lot lighter than the value used for creating the pattern. Using a value darker than the previous step but lighter than the pattern, shade the insides of the rosettes and bands. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value. Consider the light source as you shade so that the shadows remain consistent throughout the body. Adding the coat pattern can be very time consuming, so be patient, take breaks and do small sections at a time.

Add a cast shadow underneath. This helps ground the ocelot so it doesn't appear to be floating. Use a dark value near the middle of the shadow and a lighter value along the edge for the shadow's diffusion.

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