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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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faer-windstormfan Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know, oddly enough, this is helping me with anatomy for digitigrade characters as well... it's not entirely the same but it's similar enough to make this guide VERY helpful.
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The13thBlackCat Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I don't find it very odd at all, really! It's largely very similar anatomy, except you have toes at the end instead of hooves (which are technically toes themselves, but...anyway!). There's a lot of really good digitigrade tutorials here on dA that I've seen. This one and this one are two of my favorites, if you haven't already seen them, and I'm sure there's more. (I don't go looking for them, really, I just find them by happenstance, haha.)
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faer-windstormfan Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, wow, thank you for the tuts, thank you so so so so so much!!!!!!! I didn't expect to get a reply honestly O___o

Those are really awesome (the second one is soooo cute sdlfas;ldfkas;dlfkj). I'll admit I'm an offender of the 'awkward crouch' thing especially with birdlike characters... oh well, back to practice for me! :DDD

But seriously, thanks bunches, and your tut was so informative and amazing, no wonder everyone loves it. And you're nice and friendly too which is always a bonus. Keep doing what you do, seriously, there aren't enough nice people out there making stuff.
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The13thBlackCat Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem. :) I found them pretty quickly just by searching for "digitigrade tutorial", but admittedly I did know which pictures I was looking for too. Still, I've found that dA usually has good tutorials about a lot of things! (And I always try to reply to comments if I can! Just polite, I think.)

Haha, everyone was an offender of that at one point, I think. XD Even I was, I'm sure, though I've put so much effort into drawing unguligrade legs properly for the past forever that I don't remember much before it... =P

Thanks! :3 I really need to update a couple things on it, but I'm happy so many people are finding it useful and helpful. :blush: Thank you so much! Good luck with your future arting! :dummy:
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faer-windstormfan Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot~  I will say that from what I've seen of your art that your efforts have paid off immensely!
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The13thBlackCat Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, I'd hope so, since I've been working at it for something like over seven years. (Geez, that makes it sound like so long ago that I took interest in this...) And yet I still tend to draw legs too long. Pfft. We'll call it a "stylistic choice". X3

Thanks, though, I'm glad you think so! :D
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faer-windstormfan Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, trust me, my art style is anime - I know allll about the too-long-legs thing. It's kind of difficult to draw a humanoid character with any kind of animal leg portions and have them with normally-proportioned legs, anyway, because there's too much detail for them. (Which I think is brought up in this tutorial)

Hahahahah, seven years is a pretty good long time, and I think it's awesome that you've been drawing what you love for that long :D
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The13thBlackCat Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, I'm sure that's where my proportion problems stem from. My style used to be pretty anime until I decided to actively try and be more realistic...also about seven years ago, probably. XD Maybe a bit before. I still slip a little more into anime proportions than I'd like sometimes. Which would be fine if I wasn't trying for (somewhat cartoony, admittedly) realism. XD Argh. Oh well. More to improve on, I suppose!

Haha, oh, that's only as long as I've been drawing many hoofy bipedal things, I was drawing all sorts of silliness before that. X3 Lots of animal-featured people, so I have a lot of practice at that business. Though it was mostly more anime-cat-girl style stuff back then. (Well, with a little more fur, and different animals a lot of the time, but otherwise...basically that. :P)
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CoffeePilot Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! Thank you so much for making it! Really helps a lot writing a story involving a satyr transformation to have a great reference like this. :)
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The13thBlackCat Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to help! :) I hope it's useful for you!
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