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Step 15 (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 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 plan to add more value to your drawing later on in the final step.
Add a cast shadow underneath. This helps ground the toad so it doesn't appear to be floating. Use a darker value near the middle of the shadow and a lighter value along the edge for the shadow's diffusion.
You can add more value throughout your toad drawing for extra detail. Add some value inside the eye, around the pupil, to give the iris extra detail. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value. Toads have a variety of patterns on their skins like stripes and patches, so shade yours however you'd like. For a spotted pattern like this, simply add circles of different sizes all over the body and shade them in darker. Don't worry about shading too smoothly. The rough value duplicates the toad's famous bumpy texture. It's always a good idea to use reference when drawing for a more accurate drawing. If you have a pet toad or frog, try to duplicate its pattern on your drawing. Shading can be time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks. Remember to pause the "How to Draw a Toad" video after each step to draw at your own pace.
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