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Step 15: Use the angled line on the right as a guide to draw the first front foot. Follow the path of the guide and lightly sketch the shape of the pika's foot around it. When you get the shape right, darken the lines. Use short strokes at the top for the fur. Draw a couple of curved lines at the tip to separate the pika's individual toes.


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Step 16: Use the angled line on the left to draw the hind foot the same way. Lightly sketch the foot around the guide and only darken the lines when you get the shape right. This foot should be bigger than the front foot. Draw the pika's toes at the front using a curved line.



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Step 17: Use the remaining lines and shapes as guides to draw the rest of the pika's body. Darken the outer edges of the guides to create the shape of the body. Use a series of strokes along the path of the guides to create the furry body. The longer you make these strokes, the shaggier the pika's fur will appear.


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Step 18: Use the first front foot as a template to draw the pika's other front foot. Most of this foot will be hidden behind the body, so only draw the toes.



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Step 19: 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 you may have accidentally erased.


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Final Step: Add some shading to your pika drawing for extra detail. Use a dark value for the inside of the ear and a medium value for the rest of the head. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value. Shade using tiny strokes to emphasize the fur's texture. For a more detailed guide on how to shade, check out this tutorial: How to shade.

The strokes should go in the general direction of the pika's fur. Add some dots on the muzzle for the base of the whiskers. Use a slightly darker value along the left side to create shadows. Use the same technique to shade the rest of the body. Separate each individual stroke a bit so that the white of the paper comes through and creates a more fur-like texture.

Shading your pika drawing can be time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks. Use a light value for the fur at the bottom. Draw a series of long strokes on the muzzle for the whiskers.

Add a cast shadow underneath. This helps ground the pika so it doesn't appear to be floating. It's always a good idea to use reference for a more accurate drawing. Don't forget to pause the video to draw at your own pace.

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