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Step 15: Use the two lines on the right side as guides to draw the hind legs. Follow the basic path of the guide line as you lightly sketch the shape of the wildebeest's leg. Darken the lines only when you have the structure right. Bend the shape of the leg at the joints. Draw the hind leg on the other side the same way. The base of the hind legs should be thicker than the front legs. Don't forget the hooves at the bottom!


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Step 16: Use the initial shapes and lines as guides to draw the rest of the body. Simply darken the initial lines to create the main outer shape of the torso.


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Step 17: Use the line on the right as a guide to draw the wildebeest's tail. Make the shape thicker as you follow the guide and add the bushy tip using quick, short strokes. Add some longer strokes within the shape of the body for the long mane across the back.


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Step 18 (optional): 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.


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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. Add the value lightly at first, then gradually build up to the level of darkness that you want. Continue adding the value so that all of the body has the appropriate shadows.

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

You can add even more value throughout your drawing for extra detail. The head, beard and mane are the darkest parts of the wildebeest. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value. Shading can be time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks. Use a lighter value when shading the rest of the wildebeest's body. Continue adding the value until the entire body is shaded. Wildebeests have stripes along the neck, so add a darker value here to create the pattern. Remember to pause the "How to Draw a Wildebeest" video after each step to draw at your own pace.

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