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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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CatelfKitling Featured By Owner 8 hours ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Super helpful, thank you for making this! :D
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drawingdyeisawesome Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Cool the detail is awesome
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Skyeder Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Very useful and love the detaik
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torytatsumaki Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Digital Artist
thanks is so helpfull xD!
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GemWhisker Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
That helps!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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MrYolomolo Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Anuzami Racrzi by MrYolomolo  
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XbombAlien Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  New member
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 Digital 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  Hobbyist 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 11 hours ago  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 3 days ago  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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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  New member
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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craziefuzi Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist 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 .|)
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craziefuzi Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist 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. 
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Furminium Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  New member
Ok.
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?
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craziefuzi Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ive never had trouble with a back pack before, but if you think a satchel would solve your problem then go ahead!
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Furminium Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  New member
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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craziefuzi Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
heh well some of my friends can't even pick it up, so pretty heavy i'd say.
but don't compare yourself to me, i'm a black belt, and i work on my physical strength every day, so naturally i'd be strong
whatever works for you is good
(one time i came into a class crying because my back pack was too heavy for my ankle which had just gotten out of a brace, so don't push yourself, k?)
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keilanm Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
After reading your comment i tried walking digitigrade, and oddly enough it felt right.
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GamerDude9000 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
It really does feel natural. Time to add this to my goal list.
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craziefuzi Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome
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Furminium Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  New member
I tryed the walk/stand phosition for around 2 months and it was hard at the start to wait for the bus like this but...well i guess i prefer it now.
About the stabillity:
-I didnt find out to walk"Normally" with this position but if you like to run, it may help (Wach out,youre hard to stop).
-I found out, if you stand A BIT like"action pose" your stabillity may increase.
About the effect:
-As long as i dont run,nobody will see the diference.
-The lower leg muscle may become steel and if you tense it, you can see its shape.the upper leg muscle got a bit too and the abdominal muscles may become stronger too(they become stronger, but its still faar away from a six pack).
-The thing with the instinct will also come with the time.

Im sorry for some english word mistakes but im on it.
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Drawing-4Ever Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
:) Very enlightening!
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rookie1286 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 21, 2015
Huh.  Should work for 3D rigging, as long as I can not screw up the armature in the process...

Also, looks pretty accurate.  My cat can verify.
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aviation13 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
I've never been good at drawing full body anthros/digitigrades until I stumbled upon this treasure.  I almost got it right on the first try.  Thanks so much for this.  I look forward to seeing more Tkturials and TwoKinds.
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MoodDragon Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Student General Artist
Amazingly helpful, thank you!
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Theorentheumbrxon Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This helps out a lot! Thanks for making this ^ w ^
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dsninja38 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Student General Artist
You're Markiplier's brother?!?
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opesa Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
YAY thank you Twokinds ;3
 :D 
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StormySnow Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is what I have been looking for, forever. Thanks <3
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FunkyKazoo Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, this really helps! :D
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9nails Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Can never get enough digitigrade tutorials. I develop my style all the time, so checking out other's ways then seeing how it goes with mine is one of my best ways.
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The-Smile-Giver Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow this is very helpful.  I always have a hard time with drawing the legs.  This is very nice to show how to do so.  Thanks for this tutorial :).
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DragonReina Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
Omg thank you soooooooo much QwQ
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fantasticdevonator Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is now, my number one favorite tutorial I have come across yet. Thank you for having done this. covering so much and with lots of great explanation and pictures. 
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JameyKun Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
A very nice reference piece.  Thanks for sharing.  ^_^
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Genbe89 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
Her feet are so beautiful
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Anon371 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
I agree :) I'd love to massage them for her :meow:
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Genbe89 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
Massage, kiss her cute pads , and kiss her toes too
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ColorWolf06 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
"This little piggy went to the market..."
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Genbe89 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
lol
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superpika293 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This'll be useful.
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Xazo-Tak Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
One for hands would be really useful also.
They're far harder to figure out than legs.
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Daughter-Of-Chaos199 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Really love your work!
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Cocoawebkins Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  New member Student Digital Artist
I really love your style!
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