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Tkturials - Digitigrade Legs Guide by Twokinds Tkturials - Digitigrade Legs Guide by Twokinds
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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Jandreau Featured By Owner 1 day ago
you do some lovely feetpaws! do you have an FA?
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Rin-TaiLee Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student General Artist
YES! Finally one of my favorite artists has done the tutorial I have been looking for the most out of all!

Beautiful and adorable. Good job!
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faer-windstormfan Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so cool, and ridiculously adorable! I'll definitely keep this in mind when drawing things~
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professionalamature Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
Wow, this is awesome!  I gotta link this to a friend, I think he could use some of this. Very good reference for nearly any Anthro artist!
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treos99 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
was looking around on google and came across this pic. nice diagram

kinda unrelated (i'm not an artist) but i just up and decided to try walking digitigrade one day a few years ago and have been doing so ever since. well, partially digitigrade anyway, i tend to walk on the balls of my feet while keep my heels off the ground by around 2-3 inches with my knees bent slightly. and its actually not a bad way of walking but it does come with a rather annoying downside. a weak lower back -_- looks like as time goes on, if you maintain such a stance it gets harder to do things like leaning over a lot or heavy lifting. oh how it makes my back ache when bringing in groceries among other things :/ on the other hand, after all this time my legs have gotten a lot stronger and i can move around much faster than if i walked plantigrade and i have better balance this way (try standing like this on one leg for several seconds. i bet most people would fall down in seconds lol). so walking this way has its up and down sides (also if anyone tries it, either take it slowly at first or prepare to have your knees hurt a lot until you get used to the stance)
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RenOokami Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist
This is an interesting thing to try at least a day in a life indeed, and a diditgrade kind of walk/run is way faster than plantigrade one because it need only 3 parts per foot movement instead of 5, (thing also important to note when making an walk loop, like show the picture wit only 3 "steps" after starting the movement) but requiere stronger legs.  That's why cats and other animals jump this high and run fast, somehow. But human body is not made for this, like we can see with high-heel shoes what are said to cause back dolors if used everyday.

If you don't want to have long term back problems, you better get back for plantigrade way of walking, at least on the constant stence. Digitgrade is usefull for humans in run stence, but will never replace training for getting strong legs. The reason why you can't lift heavy things is because the weigh pression usualy is made to be "evacuate" by the sole of the foot, in digitgrade stence all goes into the leg and back itself, making things harder.It is also harder to grab something on the floor because arms are not made to be long enough for this stence.

Seriously, werewolves and anthro kind of characters have anatomical specificities that humans don't have, not only a tail and animal head. Talking about that, most pepole fall in digit stence because we have no tail to balance, but with training (like circus artists often shows) it is possible to get used to non conventional stences, as everyone can have some adaptibility to new things.

Digitgrade stence is not made for humans unless it's for usefull cases like getting a object too high, or running. I sometimes use it too, mostly to visualize character's stences, or run (but not in long distance because it is faster on short runs but also exaust faster). Also, trying Digitgrade-stence is interesting along with "serious" studying of Digit anatomy, like animals documentaries and such, but you better be carefull if you wanna play being a cat all day long.   Reading 
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HeartOfTheStorm Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014   General Artist
Really handy, thanks for putting this together! :3
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Zyearth-Defender Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man, I love this tutorial. I have a lot of friends tell me that digitigrade legs would never work like this, so it's nice to see someone who DOES think it would work and shows how. =D 
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NobleCielPhantomhive Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Hnnn those paw pads!! *U* ahh this is nicely done, great tutorial, must try!
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ClumsilyNinja Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful. This made my first Digitigrade a success!
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