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Step 15: Use the angled line on the far left as a guide to draw the first hind leg. Draw this leg the same way. Follow the path of the guide and lightly sketch the tapir's leg around it. The shape of this leg slopes to the left at the top and then angles down at the bottom. At the bottom draw a few angled lines that are similar to greater-than signs (>) for the toes. Add the hooves inside each toe as a small line and darken the rest of the leg.

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Step 16: Use the last line under the tapir's body as a guide to draw the other hind leg the same way. Draw the shape of the leg around the guide. Draw the toes at the bottom as short, angled lines and add the hooves too.

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Step 17: Use the remaining lines and shapes as guides to draw the rest of the tapir's body. Simply darken the outer edges of the initial guides to create the shape of the body. Don't overlap the shapes of the legs that are on this side of the body as you draw the underside. On the left side of the body, draw the tapir's small tail as a short, curved line at the top of the leg.

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Step 18: 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 tapir drawing for extra detail. Use a dark value for the ears but leave the tips blank. Draw a line on the body to the left of the front leg and another on the rear section. Leave the area between the lines blank. Add a medium value on the head. Shade lightly at first; then slowly build up the value. For a more detailed guide on how to shade, check out this tutorial: How to shade.

Use a slightly darker value around the eye and along the bottom of the head for shadows. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value. Add a medium value to the rest of the tapir's body except for the area between the lines. Malayan tapirs have white fur there. Use a darker value throughout the body to create shadows and give the figure more dimension and volume.

Add a bit of light value inside the white section for some shadows there too. It's a good idea to use reference as you draw for an accurate depiction of a tapir. Shading can be time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks. Don't forget to pause the video to draw at your own pace.

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

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