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STEP 1. Here is a quick sketch of some basic looking tails. I know they look funny but try and keep in mind that tails don't just belong to dogs and cats.   STEP 2. Like I was saying in the description, there are three main signs that a tail will give off. The first one is a defensive tail, the second is a wagging tail, and the third is a tail in a stern or serious pose or mood.   STEP 3. Here are three different animals and beings with tails. Notice how each tail is different. There is a tail being shown from the back view, a tail on an animal that is sitting from the front view, and an animal that is siting from a three fourths view.   STEP 4. This is a drawing example of a stiff tail verses a slithery loose tail. One is a dragons tail, and the other belongs to a dinosaur.   STEP 5. These are four different styles of tails. Study them to see which one you would like to use on your next character sketch or drawing.   STEP 6. Lets draw this animal figure with a long puffy tail. Start by drawing a circle for the head, and then a triangular shaped body. Next draw the lining for the face and tail.   STEP 7. You can now start sketching out the outline of the animals body using the guidelines and shapes you drew in step one. AS you can see this is a fantasy animal. Once the body is drawn out be sure to draw the snout, and eye lines.   STEP 8. Finish drawing out the eye, and then draw in the big bat like ears. You can draw any type of animal you like, I thought it would be cool to create a fantasy being. Once the ears are drawn, you can draw the front legs and feet.   STEP 9. Now it's time to draw out the big, long fluffy tail like you see here or you can choose a different style tail to draw. Before leaving this step you have to draw the belly line, and then the hind leg.   STEP 10. Let's finish off this animal by add some detailing to the tail like so. What you are doing is giving the hair some layers. When that is done you can sketch in the ear detailing and then define the coat of the animal like so. Erase the lines and shapes that you drew in step one.   STEP 11. Here is what the creature looks like with it's nice big tail. I hope you had fun learning how to draw a tail. Hopefully you will use what you've just learned on one of your animal creatures in the future.   Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7. Step 8. Step 9. Step 10. Step 11.