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Twokinds Tutorials - Digitigrade Legs

Looking around Deviantart, I noticed that there weren't very many good, detailed guides on drawing characters with digitigrade legs, like those featured on my Keidran and Basitin races. Digitigrade, for those unaware, is a term for an animal that walks on their digits (toes) rather that flat-footed, as we humans do. This style of character design can be difficult for someone unused to this type of anatomical structure. Now, I am not claiming to be any sort of expert. But I have been drawing these guys for more than ten years now, and I often get asked how I draw certain things. So this is not necessarily a "how to draw" tutorial" as it is a "how I draw" tutorial, if you get my meaning.

I hope this information can prove useful for those of you who are aspiring artists, or at least interesting to those who wish to learn more about how I go about my drawing process. So without further adieu, please allow Flora to demonstrate for you how it works! Enjoy!
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Linkachu72 Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! this is a great reference!
This is a fantastic reference source.
abby1st Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Student General Artist
Helpful and artistic! Great job!
StoocyStar Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is actually pretty helpful :iconasdfghplz: Thank you
Solapi Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
Wow very helpful :)!! 
nixequeen45 Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hopefully, this will help me.
Lol-ingLadybug Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
I love how detailed this is! This helped me in many ways.
FateofHearts Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for making this! It helps so much when trying to draw!
meperson94 Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
This is so cool!
sabthelion Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Student Filmographer
Thanks, Tom. Your guide is a great help. I'm thinking my own feline/anthro characters will look good using digitigrade legs. Can't wait to rework their paws.
GameCat1113 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015
Fack iv'e been looking all over for a digitrade leg tutorial, thanks!
zurch14 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's really good... now I only have to learn everything else!
Ganymede-Timandra Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
Yay! Thanks! Now I can do fanart of Radiocative!
PipoMcFrugele Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanx 4 the help :D
FlashbackingArtist00 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
YAY! Trying to use this in practise!! Thank you so much for sharing!
AnimeCitizen Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Think you can do that same from my character, please?
zmorphcom Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool, great reference. :S
lonefox91 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you very much for this tutorial ^^ it will come very handy ^^
lolali101 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
thx that will actually be very useful for me. Will save alot of research when writing
Ajwe0ruij Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
From the sitting position, it looks she could have plantigrade movement with some difficulty.
neverett5 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
thank you very much for making this, I was having some trouble drawing the legs for a while.
BlueComix Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
love how you've improved
chihuahua960 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Student Artist
Thanks my anthro legs are pretty bad but I hope they improve. Can you do hands?
Spasticpug Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can use this
trained myself where I can draw someone semi realistic in a minute but I can't draw body's worth a poop
SenkaBekic Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This helped me A LOT to learn to draw anthro furries!
Thank you for taking time into making something like this, I really appreciate it! :heart: 
One thing that makes me cringe a lot is how many furries are drawing lets incorrectly... legs need to bend a little, which they often forget >.> 
yurinokoi Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
cute <3
FriedArtist101 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I've been looking for something like this. Very helpful.
star-rainbow-pony Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Student Digital Artist
CatelfKitling Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Super helpful, thank you for making this! :D
drawingdyeisawesome Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015
Cool the detail is awesome
Skyeder Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very useful and love the detaik
torytatsumaki Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
thanks is so helpfull xD!
GemWhisker Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That helps!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MrYolomolo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Anuzami Racrzi by MrYolomolo  
XbombAlien Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
Thank you
Sentherus Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
This goes a long way to explaining why your comic gives rise to a sense of nostalgia in me. All those hours of Morrowind.
BlackDemonLynn Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is very heplful!
I planned on to draw an OC with digitrade legs, but I never knew how to draw them (I don't even know how to draw human legs ._. but I'm still learning.) I'm glad that I know now! :3

Thanks for this tutorial!
Kolofox Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is very helpful
jmiesr Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
Humans can walk digitigrade if we choose, but instinctually we walk plantigrade. It feels odd at first but it is possible to become used to it, and running digitigrade is fairly easy. In comparison:

Plantigrade pros:
-weight bearing capacity

Digitigrade pros:
-lowered impact on joints
-overall agility
craziefuzi Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
i've stood digigrade since i was a little kid, you can run really fast, jump really high, and 16 years of doing that gives you legs of steel.
when i was 10 i liked to leap up 4 stairs at a time (and the stairs at our house were really big)
also, in taijitsu, my ukemi was always praised from the very beginning. keeping your knees bent restores your lost stability, and i can lift twice as much as my brother (albiet my little brother) 
Flaamez Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so glad that I'm not the only one to do this. I am rather fast at running and can jump far because of this I suppose?
StarlightsCurse Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice to know that I'm not the only one who walks like this, all my friends think I'm absolutely insane. ^^'
Celia94 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
for me it just hurts like hell
Master-Chief13 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
you should look that up. It's not normal
Furminium Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  New Deviant
I have a question: How can you walk slowly?
If i try wo walk slow it feels like the stand-stile of an basitin (arch in an 180 degree position (  .|  instead of  ./  ))
I can only walk fast or run like this.
craziefuzi Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Also, as I just figured this out, I tend to take long strides and stand in a low digitigrade position (heels hovering just above the ground) because it's easier to shift your weight and makr the small adjustments needed to walk normally (shifting your weight can't be done on locked out bones .|)
craziefuzi Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
well you just do? i can't really explain it to you because i don't really have anything to compare it with, but seeing how you can only walk or run fast, it appears you are using your feet like spring boards and you are not strong enough to hold yourself there. i can only guess this because during my therapy for my broken ankle, i experienced something similar where i was not strong enough to walk normally
when you are standing like this .| and not this ./ you are using your bones to hold yourself up, try bending your knees and other joints, and be aware when you unconsciously lock them out to make it easier on yourself. 
Furminium Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  New Deviant
I figured out. the problem isnt the standing art (.| ./) the problem is i was wearing a school bag, wich is very heavy and i found out:

If i walk with extra weigt till 5-10kg* i can walk like ./
If i walk with extra weight over 10kg* or over5kg** i can only walke like .| or ._ .

*= weigh near center of gravity.
**=weigh to faar from center of gravity(~20cm) in back direction.

Do you think i can train to walk even with a schoolbag?
Or is a purse (
i mean the bag wich you wear sideways) a better idea?
craziefuzi Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Ive never had trouble with a back pack before, but if you think a satchel would solve your problem then go ahead!
Furminium Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  New Deviant
I guess im gonna use a satchel or something like this,
but you said you have no problems with a backpack so how heavy is yours?
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