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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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thesmashingpin Featured By Owner 2 days ago
This is really useful, thanks dude.
Shadowpredator100 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I have to say thank you so much. I've been having trouble getting back into drawing characters with legs like these and this has been super helpful, so as a broken record thank you and I am looking forward to your next piece of work.
lullabaa Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I cant even express how much i appreciate this, Tom ;; I've been having so much trouble drawing legs and paws holy hell I 
appreciate this ;; Thank you for making this!<3
Cursed-Arrow Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Student Writer
Just wanted to comment to say Thanks a ton. 
this tutorial is very well put together and helped me immensely with a drawing that i was working on. I posted it on DeviantArt and credited you in the desc.
AtlantianOwl Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Student General Artist
This tutorial is very helpful, I've always had some trouble with my anthro legs o - o
This will prove useful, your art is gorgeous.
SenileSun Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  New Deviant
Wow, thank you.
KNKatz Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Student General Artist
I am very interested indeed. Thank you!
Valkeiper2012 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015
I know a gal who PURPOSELY removed the heels from her boots just to prove she could walk "like a cat".

The first few days of her experiment were very comedic, as she simply didn't have the balance to walk 'digitigrade'.

As she gained the necessary balance, she got quite a bit more graceful and attractive visually.

Now, she removes the heels from any shoes she plans to wear.
aaronfranke Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015
Pics or it didn't happen.
JesterOfSolace Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015  Student General Artist
This is great, thank you! <33
rakausthewolf Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015
can u plz do more tutorials? plz?
DriftKing16 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  New Deviant
For a time I thought that a being proportional to an average human would be taller than said human. Eventually, though, I realized that this is incorrect; the knee being bent a little will actually compensate for the extra height added by shifting the weight to the digits, and can actually completely cancel it out.
Starburstiscool Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  New Deviant Student General Artist
Harmful-Pillows Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
very helpful, thanks!
murkrows Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much. Drawing anthro characters has always baffled me. @_@
tider101 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015
I've just realized that I walk in the same way as a keidrian when I'm barefoot. Weird :I
PurpulStars Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sometimes I walk on my toes, and then I run around and jump on things o3o
DriftKing16 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  New Deviant
It's not weird lol I do it too (Then again I'm weird so...).

I feel like one day humans may actually adapt to walk/run like this, at least the more athletic ones (I notice a nice speed boost when I'm running and I shift into walking like this, although high speed turns aren't really advisable).
SonicMila Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i do the same although i dont lift my foot up so high
shenza-monchenso Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I do that to, noticed it awhile ago, and I kinda like it.
NekoNinja13 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015
This awesome thanks for the details :3
Texas-Red-Wolf Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015
this well help my to draw Vixden. thanks
LegendaryLegends Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  New Deviant Student General Artist
I find this very useful and very helpful, thank you so much good sir!

And, I give my best wishes to your progress on your comics Tom! :thumbsup: :D
Desmond-the-Patient Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Does this apply to dragon feet/legs as well?
Blazefan3669 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Student Writer
Could you possibly make a tutorial for how you draw other things, please?  Like eyes, hair, and other such stuff?  I'm trying to learn how to draw, and that would be greatly appreciated
Lorefif Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
Ah ! Thank you~!
drawinggirl13 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for making this it well help me to do the feet :D
Pen-Like-A-Brush Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Student General Artist
I have a BUNCH of anthro characters and this will help alot! (once I can get a chance to read it of course xD)
konicoon Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  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.
DeltaWolf749580 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015
Very informative and helpful. I'll make good use of it!
goldfish911 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
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.
esmeraldakitty Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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. ^-^'
Linkachu72 Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  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  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  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
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