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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 them. It's okay to leave some behind. Also re-draw any final sketch lines that you may have accidentally erased.
Final Step (optional): Add some shading to your duck 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. Add a cast shadow underneath the duck. This helps ground the duck so it doesn't appear to be floating.
You can stop here for a white domestic duck or add more value throughout your drawing for extra detail. Mallard ducks are the ancestors of most domestic ducks. To get a mallard look, add darker value to the head, wing tips and chest. It's a good idea to use reference to be as accurate as possible when drawing your duck. And remember to PAUSE the video any time you need help along the way.
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