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Digitigrade Legs

MapleFlower

Bacteria
Does anyone know any ways to get better at drawing digitigrade legs on characters? Or do they have any refs? I kind of stink at it right now ^^;
 

noanee

Dris, I'm new in town
When I was starting to figure it out, I found that looking at the bone structure and at stilts helped me?
like these wolf stilts are a great way of showing the layout of the leg and what each part does. I think after that it's all about figuring out what lengths for each part hit your style sweet spot

I believe in you, though! after you conquer legs there's nothing holding you back
 

Saokymo

Art Cookie
Here’s a quick scribble showing the basic underlaying anatomy/guides for digitigrade legs & feet.

Digitigrade legs have all the same bones & joints as plantigrade legs, with the main difference being that they walk on their toes (“digits”) instead of the entire foot & heel like humans do. The exact anatomy will depend on the base animal type, but for the most part the underlaying anatomy will be more or less the same.

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The single best way to improve is to look up photo references of the base animal you want to draw & make lots of loose gestures & practice sketches. Otherwise just keep drawing!
 

Stray Cat Terry

고먐미
I lean more on plantigrade legs(but hybrid, to be precise) nowadays, cuz I suppose it's easier!

Anyways, that's not the topic--When I gotta draw digitigrade legs, I focus on either one of two things: A) Should I make it 'look' more natural as an artwork?(aesthetic purpose) Or B) should I consider physics? (Especially and mostly, the center of mass thing)

In my humble opinion, when either A or B are fulfilled per your own analyzation, it's good to go! It's even better if you can do both A and B, as well! UwU

Trivia:
Otherwise, if you want to dig more into realistic design, maybe consider and decide what kind of length, thickness etc are 'best'! This one, however, is not universal, so...
 
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