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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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jmiesr Featured By Owner 3 days ago
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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Drawing-4Ever Featured By Owner 5 days ago
:) Very enlightening!
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rookie1286 Featured By Owner Edited 5 days ago
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  New member 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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:iconopesa:
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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:iconanon371:
Anon371 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
I agree :) I'd love to massage them for her :meow:
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:icongenbe89:
Genbe89 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
Massage, kiss her cute pads , and kiss her toes too
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:iconcolorwolf06:
ColorWolf06 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  New member Student Traditional Artist
"This little piggy went to the market..."
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:icongenbe89:
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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:icondaughter-of-chaos199:
Daughter-Of-Chaos199 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Really love your work!
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:iconcocoawebkins:
Cocoawebkins Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  New member Student Digital Artist
I really love your style!
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:iconcodedark:
CodeDark Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, me too
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CodeDark Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is... *LOUD CLICK*:noice:  Noice!
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MinamexSuyen Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
*muah* This is the perf tutorial!
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mcgirion1234 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student General Artist
hmm this tutorial will help alot!
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Uzaele Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
Thanks for this!  What a great guide and reference!  Awesome art, as always!
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TOKISHTOYS Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student General Artist
i luv yo humanoids!!!!Lonk Intensifies 
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BloodWrath1589 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
I thought digitigrade was some game or something. But it turns out there kinda like anthropromorphic animal thingies
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DuskfurxXxNightflame Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
It's clear, it's concise, and Flora there adds just enough funny to keep it from being flat and boring. This is a lot like how I do mine, but you've clarified some poses I'd never have dreamed of trying. This one's definitely going into my tutorial archive, and I hope to see more from you in the future!
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tom65hg Featured By Owner Edited Jan 8, 2015
:meow: cute

it inspires me for my characters
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Destiny3000 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome work my friend!
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Horresco Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
That was super helpful for me! I used this for sculpting not for drawing but it still worked, thank you for the tutorial
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Matouxx Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist
wow, it's very interesting ! I hope you will do many others tutorial, because it was nice ! VERY nice :D
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Dunfalach Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
Very nice. Lots of different angles to study!
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Midnight-Splash Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This will help me draw this type of art better! :3
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Angel2cupcake Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  New member
um i dont know if you will reply but i was inspired by your art and made my own character but i dont think its good... its my first try but i will keep trying, but anyways i wanted to know what do you use to draw this good i think its just your pure talent, but if your using something i would like to know... well if thats ok with you, i will try to post my character and hopefully if you have time you can check it out. Oh! i love the online manga i think trace is so cool!!! trace and flora are my favorite characters! um anyways thanks for the tutorials
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demonjack123 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Student Filmographer
Shouldn't matter with which you draw. Though he probably uses a cintiq.
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Waltervd Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is actually pretty helpful.....

i work with metasequoia and mmd and i want to make a model like this :D
ill remember this >.>
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Syska129 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I draw my legs almost exactly the same way ^^ Love the way you draw the bottom of paws in all those different angles 
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CrisperTheCat Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I was lucky to stumble across this!
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Raubritter Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is most helpful, thank you! :-3
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mechatrain150 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
nice detail.
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Peakofdesperation Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  New member Hobbyist
Finally something helpful that i can actually follow! thank you!
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Mutant-Girl013 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so helptfully finally a tutorial i can follow, you know i find the keidrans so aweome and i like their legs beter than the humans legs :D
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IkyVicky Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Student General Artist
cool
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ShrekBoyardees Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  New member
Now, if i were actually good at drawing
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SneakySkyBison Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Wow, this is so helpful and inspiring!  Thanks so much!!!
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