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Step 15: Draw the rest of the seal's body by using the remaining lines as guides. Draw a small nub on the left for the tail as you darken the guide lines. Give the body an extra bump near the tail for a curvier look. Make the body a little thicker throughout for a more round and organic feel.
Step 16 (optional): 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. Also re-draw any final sketch lines that you may have accidentally erased.
Final Step (optional): Add some shading to your seal 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.
Add a bit of a cast shadow underneath. This helps ground the seal so it doesn't appear to be floating.
You can add more value throughout your drawing for extra detail. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value. You can leave a portion of the body in the middle unshaded to live the seal a shiny, wet look. Try to add the value smoothly throughout the body for a sleek feel instead of a rough-textured look. It's always a good idea to use reference to be as accurate as possible. Remember to PAUSE the "How to Draw a Seal" video to draw at your own pace.
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