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STEP 1. Here, I show you the different angles on the nails. It's important to understand these elements in order to achieve accuracy. There are so many ways that these pieces of dead skin form. How would you create an old flaky brittle nail without understanding the way it's to be viewed? Examine this step and find out the cool tips.   STEP 2. The right way to draw a nail is simply starting off by drawing the finger. NEVER draw a finger pointed, it doesn't matter if you're trying to make the finger seem to be the nail combined within. You need to give the finger depth and realism. Do you know anyone in person that has pencil fingers? There are so many ways to draw nails, that's it's impossible to draw them all! Think off all the diseases that these can become acquainted with. How about some sharp claws for fingers? What about a chipped and brittle fingernail for your creepy and sickly character? All of these traits create volume for your character. Be on the lookout for different styles and ways to design these pieces of flesh.   STEP 3. Let's begin practicing what you've learned. Taking on a challenge is always an artist's exercise for improvement. Start off this tutorial by drawing a circle for the base of the head shown in the tutorial cover. Add a guideline for the middle of the circle in order to even out the face accurately. Add four more guidelines overlapping the face to create the fingers and the nails.   STEP 4. Start this step by fleshing out the face shape and the beginnings of the lips. See how the guideline helps? Be sure to keep in tune with the guideline so your drawing comes out as planned. Start the lip line a few centimeters below the circle you've drawn previously. Always draw the background before you overlap the foreground. Otherwise, you'll end up in a dreadful mess.   STEP 5. Create the lower lip to semi-finish the lips.   STEP 6. Finish off the lips by adding the separation between the opening of the mouth and bottom lip. It's time to add the foreground, which is the fingers. You'll see later on how drawing the background before the foreground helps.   STEP 7. Finish off the drawing by finally drawing in the nails. Keep in mind the the nail sizes vary between the fingers you're drawing. The pinky nail is of course smaller then all the nails. The thumbnail is obviously the biggest of them all. The longest would have to be the middle finger's.   STEP 8. This is what your lineart should result to. With time and practice, you should be able to draw any type of nail in not time. Who said drawing a semi-full female face with healthy fingernails is a bad learning concept? What you're doing is simply practicing the concept of nails until you don't need guidance. I hope this tutorial has thrown you back on your feet for another drawing experience. Stay tuned for more awesome lessons!   Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7. Step 8.