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Digigrade Legs for the Scientifically Accurate: by Jesseth Digigrade Legs for the Scientifically Accurate: by Jesseth
I have no idea why I suddenly really wanted to make this, but I figure it could be useful to a few people out there who really like species design or world building? .... or maybe just people who want to draw more anatomically accurate furries. That too. XD

... Not an awful lot to say, other than that this is meant to help give people IDEAS for designing characters, species, ect.
It is NOT intended as a 'this is definitively how you draw legs tutorial.' You don't have to change the way you draw just because a creature's legs wouldn't hold them in real life.... I'm just... Really into science<3

For the sake of visual aid where my scrawlings are a bit lacking, here's some nice pics I used for reference of some of the animals shown:

Ostrich: [link]

Wren: [link]

T-rex and troodon: [link]

T-rex skeleton: [link]

Gazelles standing up: [link]

Kangaroos on all fours: [link]

That about wraps it up!
Just to reiterate, take whatever input you wish from this, and good luck drawing!

the only thing in this that actually belongs to me is the crocatiels<3
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MrSleepybear Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
Also, some people make the error of making plantigrade (animals with feet similar to humans) digigrade. As a general rule; bears, rodents (with the exception of guinea pigs and Capybara), rabbits, raccoons, hedgehogs and marsupials all have plantigrade legs.
Yo-dra Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this reference, I'd been working on a raptor-like creature and I just *could not* get the darn thing to look right. It all makes much more sense now! :D
Burning-Red-Sky Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student General Artist
thanks for this! scientifically accuracy is always best =)
Brome-Featherkey Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student General Artist
I like this reference. Thank you for making it. :)
cookiegirl14 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Student Filmographer
this is good for reference. i've been trying to figure out legs for anthers for awhile now, and this defiantly helped.
digi-order Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One little teeny thing you might wanna tweak actually. Kangaroos are plantigrade, but when hopping they take the apperance digitgrade stance.
TheWhiteJewel Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
I will probably never need to use this, due to my preferring humans over, well...anything with digigrade legs, really. Still this was very insightful so I'm tucking it away from reference.
Valronic Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
AAAAAAnnnnd faved.  Thanks, this is good stuff.
burghardtw Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
This is great.  I've been looking for a way to design humanoids with digigrade legs for a while and this is a big help. 
leticiaprestes Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
really helpful!
thank you for making this tutorial:)
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