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Step 15: Use the lines on the right as guides to draw the lemur's hind legs the same way. Remember to sketch lightly as you follow the path of the guide and only darken the lines when you have the structure right. The top part of the hind legs is thicker and gets thinner toward the bottom. The leg bends at the joints near the top of the guide line and again near the bottom. Draw the digits at the tip using a series of lines. Draw the leg on the other side by using the other line as a guide. Darken the line using quick, short strokes when you get the structure right and add the digits at the end.
Step 16: Use the remaining lines as guides to draw the rest of the lemur's body.
Step 17: Use the long, S-shaped line on the right as a guide to draw the lemur's tail. Follow the basic path of the line as you thicken up the shape using quick, short strokes for a fuzzy texture. Don't stray away from the original guide line too much or the tail will be too fat. The end result should be similar to a pipe cleaner.
Step 18 (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 lemur 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. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value.
Add a cast shadow underneath. This helps ground the lemur so it doesn't appear to be floating.
You can add more value throughout your lemur drawing for extra detail. The fur around the nose and eyes of ring-tailed lemurs is dark, so press down hard with your pencil in these areas for a darker value. Add the value by using strokes that go in the general direction of the fur. Try to shade evenly as you add value for a smooth, even look instead of a rough, gritty texture. Add the rings around the tail as thin bars of a darker value as you follow the path of the tail. It's always a good idea to use reference for accuracy. And don't forget to pause the "How to Draw a Ring-Tailed Lemur" video to draw at your own pace.
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