Draw Platypus 15

Step 15: Use the U-shaped arc on the back as a guide to draw the platypus' tail. The tail should be thick because it's where fat is stored, and it should come to a point at the end.

Draw Platypus 16

Step 16 (optional): For a cleaner look, erase as much as you can of the initial guide lines. Don't worry about erasing all of them. It's okay to leave some behind. Also re-draw any final sketch lines that you may have accidentally erased.

Draw Platypus Final

Final Step (optional): Add some shading to your platypus 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. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value.

Draw something underneath the platypus. This helps ground it so it doesn't appear to be floating. A curved line along with smaller scattered lines work as a mount. Add some shading too.

You can add more value throughout your platypus drawing for extra detail. It's a good idea to use reference to be as accurate as possible. Remember to PAUSE the video to draw at your own pace.

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