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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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:iconkonicoon:
konicoon Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
thats really neat~ i like how you have done this tutorial. i am still an artist willing to learn more about the basics of anatomy. but usually i have been having difficulty when i get down to drawing feet. so this has alot of great examples. i hope to see alot more tutorials from you in the future, maybe something with clothing and how you would do folds.
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DeltaWolf749580 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant
Very informative and helpful. I'll make good use of it!
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goldfish911 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Not bad! Tons more useful on fine details than guides which just say "this is what the legs look like" and don't explain the physics or aforementioned fine details like how the paws behave.
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esmeraldakitty Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconshadowinthedoorframe:
This is a really really good tutorial, you draw them really well!
I did kinda want to say though, and I know this is super picky, but what you're drawing is actually semi-digitigrade; the fantasy hybrid of animal digitigrade and human plantigrade.
I'm sorry, I'm a furry nerd, I hope I don't come off as offensive. ^-^'
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Linkachu72 Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! this is a great reference!
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:iconvulpescaninuserectis:
This is a fantastic reference source.
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:iconabby1st:
abby1st Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Student General Artist
Helpful and artistic! Great job!
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:iconstoocystar:
StoocyStar Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is actually pretty helpful :iconasdfghplz: Thank you
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:iconsolapi:
Solapi Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
Wow very helpful :)!! 
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:iconnixequeen45:
nixequeen45 Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hopefully, this will help me.
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:iconlol-ingladybug:
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.
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:iconfateofhearts:
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!
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:iconmeperson94:
meperson94 Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
This is so cool!
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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.
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GameCat1113 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015
Fack iv'e been looking all over for a digitrade leg tutorial, thanks!
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:iconzurch14:
zurch14 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's really good... now I only have to learn everything else!
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:iconganymede-timandra:
Ganymede-Timandra Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yay! Thanks! Now I can do fanart of Radiocative!
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PipoMcFrugele Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanx 4 the help :D
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FlashbackingArtist00 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
YAY! Trying to use this in practise!! Thank you so much for sharing!
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AnimeCitizen Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Think you can do that same from my character, please?
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:iconzmorphcom:
zmorphcom Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool, great reference. :S
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:iconlonefox91:
lonefox91 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you very much for this tutorial ^^ it will come very handy ^^
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lolali101 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
thx that will actually be very useful for me. Will save alot of research when writing
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Ajwe0ruij Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
From the sitting position, it looks she could have plantigrade movement with some difficulty.
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:iconmellomoni:
Mellomoni 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.
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:iconbluecomix:
BlueComix Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love how you've improved
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:iconchihuahua960:
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?
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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
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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 >.> 
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yurinokoi Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
cute <3
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:iconfriedartist101:
FriedArtist101 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I've been looking for something like this. Very helpful.
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star-rainbow-pony Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Student Digital Artist
helpful
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CatelfKitling Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Super helpful, thank you for making this! :D
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drawingdyeisawesome Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015
Cool the detail is awesome
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:iconskyeder:
Skyeder Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very useful and love the detaik
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torytatsumaki Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
thanks is so helpfull xD!
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GemWhisker Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That helps!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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MrYolomolo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Anuzami Racrzi by MrYolomolo  
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XbombAlien Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
Thank you
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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.
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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!
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Kolofox Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is very helpful
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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
-stability

Digitigrade pros:
-lowered impact on joints
-overall agility
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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) 
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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?
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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. ^^'
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:iconcelia94:
Celia94 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
for me it just hurts like hell
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Master-Chief13 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
you should look that up. It's not normal
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Furminium Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
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.
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