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Step 11: On the left side of the front leg, draw a similar shape for the kitty's other leg. Use the first leg as a template to draw this leg. Only part of this leg will be visible from this angle. On the right side of the legs, draw a big curved shape for the fluffy tail. The shape of the tail should be similar to an oval. Use short strokes as you draw the shape for a furry texture.

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Step 12: Draw the rest of the ragdoll's body by using the remaining shapes and lines as guides. Simply darken the outer edges of the guides using short strokes to create the furry shape of the body. Between the tail and the front leg, draw a short, curved shape for the hind paw. You can skip the hind paw if you don't have enough space between the tail and the front leg. Add a few more short strokes inside the body for detail on the fur.

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Step 13: 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 Ragdoll Cat Sitting

Final Step: Shade your ragdoll cat drawing for extra detail. Shade lightly at first and gradually build up to darker values. For light values, push down very lightly on your pencil and push down harder for darker values. As you shade the body, use strokes that go in the general direction of the fur. The strokes on the head should radiate out from the nose while the strokes on the body should be mainly vertical. Ragdolls can have a variety of coat patterns. For this pattern, use a dark value on the head except for the muzzle and the area between the eyes. As you shade, separate each stroke a bit so that the white of the paper comes through and creates a more furry texture.

Add a darker value throughout the body to create shadows. Pick a light source as you shade so that the shadows are consistent. Here the light source is coming from the top, so most of the shadows are on the underside of the shapes. It's a good idea to use reference as you shade for a more accurate depiction of a ragdoll cat. If you have a pet ragdoll or a similar breed, try to duplicate its fur pattern on your drawing. Shading can be time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks. For a more detailed guide on how to shade, check out this tutorial: How to shade.

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