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How To Draw Unguligrade Bipeds (IE: Hoofed People) by The13thBlackCat How To Draw Unguligrade Bipeds (IE: Hoofed People) by The13thBlackCat
Edit How To Draw Unguligrade Bipeds: Advanced Course /Edit

One of my biggest peeves in fantasy art is seeing perfectly good--amazing, even!--artists manage to fuck up what seems to be fairly basic leg anatomy. And after seeing one too many fucked up fauns and SNAFU'd satyrs, I finally decided the world needed a tutorial on how to do things right (because I am always right, you see, because this is the internet).

Well, anyway. I thought someone might find this useful. It feels weird to do a tutorial; I never thought I would. I'm horrible at teaching.

I kinda want some kind of llama character now
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JohannaHelena Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Not sure if this question has been asked already, but are there canine and feline fauns even though that that isn't the true definition of a faun? And also would the legs look slightly different except for paws instead? 

Excellent tutorial btw! I loved the llama legs so much :3
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The13thBlackCat Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy you like the llamas. :3

As for the fauns, I'm sure someone's made canine/feline versions of them, but I've never seen any. (And as far as I know, none exist in actual mythology, or at least not mythology I'm familiar with. X3) For anatomy, though, the legs would be basically the same. I would personally make them thicker/more muscular (especially around the ankle/foot), and obviously have paws instead of hooves, but the basic structure will be the same. I'd suggest looking here on dA for digitigrade leg tutorials, I know I've seen some good ones! This one looked pretty good from the brief skim I did, to start: twokinds.deviantart.com/art/Tk…

Hope it helps, and if you have any other questions feel free to ask. :3
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JohannaHelena Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! Then I'd probably be one of the first ones to make canine and feline fauns here I guess XD I though it would be loads of different faun types on deviantart actually but I was very wrong indeed O.O The link helped me a lot though :3
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The13thBlackCat Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, at least one of the first I've ever seen! :3 I actually don't see many fauns at all, really, at least that aren't goat-legged. There's a few--I even have a unicorn-based faunlike species myself--but they're pretty much all hooved things of some sort. You don't really see much else. Although, I have had feline and reptile species before, but that was a long time ago.

Happy it helped! :3
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DanKnight Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is most excellent. I've been looking for a tutorial on this subject for some time. I never could get these legs to look right, I know now it's because I was falling into the 'cylinder' trap you mention.


If I may ask, you mention a picture in the comments that inspired this. What picture was it?
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The13thBlackCat Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
God, I don't know. I know it was a DD sometime around when I submitted this, I believe, and very beautiful except for the extremely questionable leg anatomy, but I don't know much besides that, I'm sorry.

I really hope this tutorial helps you out, though. :)
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DanKnight Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It does, thank you.
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Bobo-Kitty Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this!  I wish I came across this earlier (I had no idea how to give a character proper deer legs)!
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The13thBlackCat Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, well, I hope it helps now! :)
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Bobo-Kitty Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh, yeah. 
Now I just have to practice drawing the legs a lot before I can get them down lol (mainly how pants would fit).
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