How to Draw a Russian Winter White Dwarf Hamster 15

Step 15: Use the remaining lines and shapes as guides to draw the rest of the body. Simply draw short strokes along the outer edges of the initial guides to create the shape of the dwarf hamster's furry body. Make the strokes short near the head and longer toward the body. Don't overlap the front foot that's on this side of the body as you draw the strokes for the fur. Darken the line on the right for the bottom of the hamster's tail. Draw a short, curved line at the top to complete the shape.

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Step 16: 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.

How to Draw a Russian Winter White Dwarf Hamster

Final Step: Add some shading to your dwarf hamster drawing using short strokes for extra detail. As you shade the head, use strokes that radiate outward from the nose. Leave the bottom of the head and the muzzle blank. Separate each individual stroke a bit so that the white of the paper comes through and creates a more fur-like texture. Add strokes to the top half of the body too. Shade lightly at first, and then gradually build up to darker values. For a more detailed guide on how to shade, check out this tutorial: How to shade.

Alternate between dark and light value on the top part of the fur to give the coat more texture. Use a dark value across the middle of the body. It's a good idea to use reference as you draw for a more accurate depiction of a dwarf hamster. If you have a pet dwarf hamster or a similar breed, try to duplicate its coat on your drawing. Add strokes with a medium value along the bottom for shadows. Use smoother shading for the feet and tail. Using a very light value, add some strokes to the bottom half of the body for more texture. Shading can be time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks.

Add a cast shadow underneath to ground the hamster so that it doesn't appear to be floating. Add more strokes throughout the body if you'd like. Don't forget to pause the video to draw at your own pace.

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