Step 7: Darken the outer edges of the initial guides using short stroke to create the furry shape of the coati's head. Under the nose, draw a line that curves to the right for the mouth and another line under the mouth for the lower jaw. Curve the line on the left side of the head to create the thick brow.
Step 8: Use the angled lines under the body as guides to draw the coati's legs. First lightly sketch the shape of the legs around the guides. The tops of the legs should wide and the bottoms narrow; especially the hind leg. Use short strokes for a furry texture. Make the tips of the feet curved. Inside each foot, draw a couple of short, curved lines to separate the toes. On the tip of each toe, draw a small, curved, triangular shape for the claws.
Step 9: Draw the coati's legs that are on the other side of the the body to the left of the legs from the previous step. Use the initial lines as guides to draw these feet but make them slightly smaller and draw them a bit higher up. Add a couple of curved lines on the tip of each foot for the claws.
Step 10: Darken the outer edges of the guides to finalize the shape of the coati's body. Don't overlap the shapes of the legs as you darken the underside of the body. Draw the tail around the curved guide line that's on the top, right side of the body. Use a series of short strokes as you follow the path of the guide for the tail's furry texture.
Step 11: 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.
Final Step: Shade your drawing for extra detail. Draw a few curved shapes inside the face for the coat pattern. Leaves these shapes, the muzzle and the ears blank for the white fur. Use a medium value on the body. On the tail, alternate between light and dark values to create the ringed pattern. 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. Separate each stroke a bit so that the white of the paper comes through and creates a more furry texture. Use a slightly darker value throughout the body for shadows. Add a cast shadow at the bottom using a medium value. It's a good idea to use reference as you shade for a more accurate depiction of a South American or Ring-tailed Coati. 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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