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How to draw Tails

A step-by-step turtorial on how to draw Tails from Sonic.

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Step 1

The first step is to draw a basic outline for the head and the main part of the body. Draw two circles, the bottom one slightly to the left. Notice how the body is much smaller than the head in these characters. I used a brush size of two, but it doesn't really matter what size you use.


Step 2

Next you draw two rectangular shapes. These will become our characters hands. The hand that is on the left side, is at an angle. If you are using Ms paint, like I am, you will not be able to draw this hand with the rectangle shape, so instead I used the polygon shape, I strongly recommend this if you are using Ms Paint.



Step 3

Next we will be drawing the basic outline for the shoes. This may be where it starts to get confusing for some of you, so be sure to read all of the instructions. Each shoe consists of two ovals, one is the main part, and the smaller one is the toe. You draw these ovals a very small distance apart. You should be able to judge the distance of the feet from the body just by looking at it. Notice that the feet are spread apart, facing in opposite directions.


Step 4

You'll notice that quite alot happened between this step and the last, but it is actually quite simple. All you need to do for this step, is to draw narrow rectangles using the polygon shape, to represent the arms and legs, make sure to make the arms and legs quite short because in the picture the rest of them are not in sight. Another thing we do in this step is to draw the ears. The ears are only triangular shapes resting on the head at an angle. Be sure to make the ear on the left side a bit shorter than the right one. This is because our character is facing at a slight angle. I recommend using the polygon shape for this step as well.


Step 5

In this step you will only need to shape the head more, do this by curving the sides of the face towards the center.



Step 6

In this step, you will be outlining the muzzle (the area around the mouth and chin) and the two tails. Notice that our characters hand rests on one of his tails, and that his tail mostly covers one arm.


Step 7

In this step you will be drawing the fur on the sides of his face, and his eyes. His eyes are an unusual egg shape, and they merge perfectly with the line for his muzzle that we previously drew. Be sure to make the eye on the left narrower, since he is facing at an angle.


Step 8

In this step, a few things will happen, but only minor details. First, you can draw his pupils which are just ovals. (Note the direction he is looking when placing the pupils.) Next you can draw his mouth. He is just smiling, or laughing to himself XD. You can also draw his hair, and the inner parts of his ears.


Step 9

In this step you will define the characters body. His body is basically a bean shape, the narrower part, being his neck, is tilted back slightly. The larger part is his stomach, and is the bottom of the circle we started with for the body.


Step 10

In this step, add the characters stomach fur, which fluffs out at the neck, and shape his hands. If you find it difficult to draw hands, then start with the basic shapes, (ovals and circles.) Don't forget to add the wrist part of his glove when drawing the hand on the left side.


Step 11

Next you will draw the shoes. All you do for this step, is draw a line along the top of your big ovals, and join them on the top of the small ovals which are the toes. Do the same with the bottom of the shoes. The ankle part is the same design as the wrist one. (Just two wavy lines on either side, joined with a curved line on the top and bottom.)


Step 12

Next you go over all of the lines you need to keep, in a darker color, unless you already have been all along, and erase the extra lines. Also add more details to the shoes, ears, and tails.


Step 13

And last of all, add color, shading, and highlights accordingly. I hope you enjoyed this turtorial on drawing Tails from Sonic, and I hope your drawing turned out well! :D

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