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Step 15: Use the lines on the right as guides to draw the griffin's eagle-like front legs. Draw the base of the foot on the ground as a V-shaped line using quick, short strokes for the feathers. Now follow the path of the guide as you make the shape thicker to complete the leg. Use the lines at the bottom as guides to draw the toes. Add a curved pointy line at the end of each toe for the talons. Draw the raised foot on the other side the same way. Follow the initial lines as guides. Curve the toes downward at the end of the foot and don't forget to add the talons at the end of each toe. You can make your griffin taller by drawing longer legs.
Step 16: Use the lines on the left side as guides to draw the griffin's lion-like hind legs. Lightly sketch the shape of the first leg as you follow the basic path of the guide. When you get the structure of the leg right, darken the lines. Add a couple of curved lines at the bottom for the individual toes and some curved lines at the end of the toes for the claws. Use the other line as a guide to draw the hind leg on the other side the same way. The leg should bend at the joint. Don't forget to add the toes and claws at the bottom!
Step 17: Use the remaining lines as guides to draw the rest of the body and tail. Use quick, short strokes near the front for the feathery texture and smoother lines in the back for the lion section. Follow the path of the wavy line as you make the shape of the tail thicker. Use quick, short strokes at the end of the griffin's tail for the bushy hair on the tip.
Step 18 (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. Re-draw any final sketch lines that you may have accidentally erased.
Final Step (optional): Add some shading to your griffin drawing to give it more dimension and volume. Pick the direction of the light side source when shading so that the shadows are consistent with it. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value. Use smoother strokes for the lion portion in the back and choppier, more spaced-out strokes for the feathery texture in front. Add the value lightly at first, then gradually build up to the level of darkness that you want.
Add a cast shadow underneath. This helps ground the griffin so it doesn't appear to be floating.
You can add more value throughout your drawing for more detail. Griffins are mythical creatures, so you can shade your drawing however you'd like. There's no wrong way to do it. You can add stripes or spots or even color your griffin different colors. Have fun with it! For a standard griffin look, just add a single value throughout the body and space out the strokes at the front for a feathery texture. Remember to pause the "How to Draw a Griffin" video after each step to draw at your own pace.
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