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Step 15: Use the line on the right as a guide to draw the other leg the same way. Draw the shape of the robin's leg around the guide. Make the top part thicker and add the feathery base. Draw the bird's toes around the guides using thin, long shapes and make the tips pointy for the nails.



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Step 16: Use the rest of the lines and shapes as guides to draw the rest of the body. Simply darken the outer edges of the initial guides to create the shape of the robin's body. Draw a couple of lines made up of tiny strokes around the leg on the left as extra detail on the feathers.


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Step 17: Use the shape on the left side as a guide to draw the tail. Draw the bird's tail within the initial guide but make the shape thinner. Add a series of lines inside the robin's tail for extra detail on the feathers.



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Step 18: Go over the final sketch lines with a pen, marker or any other type of permanent ink. Take your time and be careful when you ink to avoid any accidents. After inking, get rid of every pencil mark with an eraser for a cleaner drawing.


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Final Step: Color your robin drawing! Use black and gray for the head. Robins have a white section around the eyes and white streaks on their neck, so leave those areas blank. Color lightly at first and gradually build up to the level of darkness that you like. Using black, add a series of spots and stripes to the bird's wing and tail.

Add dark gray to the robin's head, folded wing and tail. Add dark gray right on top of the black, slowly blending it. Use black and dark brown for the eye (don't overlap the glare circle). Use yellow-orange for the beak.

Use a mixture of light brown, brown, red, red-orange and orange for the chest and underside of the robin's body. Slowly add the colors and mix them together. This process can be time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks. To give the figure more dimension and volume, add the darker colors at the bottom and the lighter ones at the top.

It's a good idea to use reference as you color for a more accurate drawing. Continue adding color slowly throughout the robin's body until you're happy with the results. Add a couple of spots under the tail using black and gray. Color the bird's legs and feet using gray, light brown and brown. Use red-orange and brown to give the beak some shadows. Use gray along the underside of the body to create shadows.

Use gray to create a cast shadow under the body so that the robin doesn't appear to be floating. Don't overlap the feet as you add the shadow! Use a bit of blue for the shadow too. Make the middle of the shadow dark and the edges light for the shadow's diffusion. For a simpler drawing, just use a single solid color for each section. Like red- orange for the bird's chest and dark gray for the top. Don't forget to pause the video to draw at your own pace.

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