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Tutorial : Canine Proportions by Lhuin Tutorial : Canine Proportions by Lhuin
Please note that while this tutorial applies to most canine breeds/species, it's always crucial to search for reference on the subject you're drawing! There are always exceptions and slight differences in the anatomy, not only legs but facial structures too etc. :)

I have received many notes and requesst to make a tutorial/redlines/generally help with anatomy things and have people ask me how I learned certain things, especially canines and their proportions.
I might take a long time to reply sometimes... so I wanted to make a tutorial/tips thing on the same things to help everyone! :)

I hope it's helpful, I tried to focus on tips I always tell people. It's nothing too major, just small hints, tips and things and techniques that I use too.
I know the anatomy of my drawings is not 100% perfect, but I wanted to share what I know.

and I can't stress it enough, using references is not forbidden! As long as you don't just trace a picture, but rather learn from many pictures. You don't only have to use google, look at the resources category on DA too! Lots of great pics.
Also, this is not meant to mock anyone's drawing style or mistakes, it's only trying to be helpful.

For other great tutorials on anatomy and style, see:
>> [link] <<
(might add more)

btw where it says Dog's can't retract their claws, meant to write canines XD
Also, the carpal pad is only found in the front paws.
and... has some typos, such as it's supposed to be metatarsus with a T all the time but whoops. Will fix later!

ps. why just canines? That's what people ask for the most and I also think canine anatomy is a pretty basic one that you can apply to many things, fantasy creatures etc. :D and it would make this tutorial REALLY long to include lots of other species.
For great feline tutorials look here:
[link] [link]
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Peacock17512 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This helps a lot with getting down the leg positioning! Thank you!
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icybubble Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was so much help! Thanks so much!Hug 
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negiixo Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I've been looking for canine anatomy tutorials for a bit and this is by far the best tutorial out there, it's clean and very well explained, I love it.
The common mistakes section was a nice touch, I'll keep an eye on that.
Thank you for this!
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LacrymosaDiesIlla Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic tutorial! This is exactly what I was looking for.
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BurnerTheStinugo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Student General Artist
This helped so much, thank you!
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Lukia26 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Soooo helpful, I always try to explain this to friends but I'm horrible at it...now I can just show them this! ^^
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Domi428 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i've been through so many tutorials, but this is by far the most helpful. thank you sooo much.
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W0RLD-EATER Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Remarkable tutorial! :clap: I'll be coming back here every so often, don't worry.~
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Minouze Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Waaaw... It's sooo heeeelpfuuul !!! :iconhappytearsplz:
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Peculiar-NomNom Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank-you for the help :D It really means a lot ^-^
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EmoWolfEver Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank ya for sharind this, now i can draw correctly a dog/wolf :d
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Tsumeba Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student General Artist
very usefull
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MunchyMuffinz Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you so much! It was really handy, dandy! :3
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ARACELICASANDRA Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
EXELENT N VERY HELPFUL
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Arcane-Angel Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Thanks! :la:
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EatenRibs Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
useful, useful, useful, useful, useful, useful, useful, useful, useful, useful, useful, useful! Thank ya
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ISeeAJenJen Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for this. =)
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TheOG-Starfish Featured By Owner May 20, 2012   General Artist
Thanks, really needed this.
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tehzebra Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you...! Lol. My biggest pet peeve in drawings of dogs and cats is people that make the area between the hock and the foot TOO LOOOONG. I hate it when the hind leg of a dog or cat looks like the hind leg of a horse...hehe. So yes. Yes yes yes!
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educateus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw your drawings today because I haven't drawn in a while and honestly I never really knew how to get legs right, and what do I see, a tutorial from you of exactly what I need. Thank you <3
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Lhuin Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank YOU! I'm happy if I could be of help :hug:
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Silverfox4life Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
this helped a bunch! thanks! I'll try to remember this is here and use it alot more!
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Schmidty13 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesome tutorial very helpful^^
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KigerwolfRD Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Drawing legs suddenly looks less difficult. And all the extra links to more tuts in the description are also a big help. :)

Thank ya much!
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Konveekou Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student General Artist
This is extremely helpful! <3
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ariita Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing, THANKS! :heart:
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Chunkymonkey94 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful, Thanks!
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The-whist-hound Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
Any chance of one with horses? xD

Also very nice ref :D
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Toxyk-Poysuneng Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic! And as for the common mistakes section.... I so used to give my wolves horse front legs. Not something I'd like to readily admit, but I did. When I realized my mistake I felt so silly! It's nice to know I'm not the only one...
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Imithe Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
That's very helpful! Thank you so much!
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eddiii Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Great.
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Kaamoshukka Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist
Kiitos tästä ;_; <3
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PantheraNiger Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sweet tutorial! only thing i have to add is that some breeds of dogs, particularly large working breeds or giant breeds, sometimes have hind dew claws as well
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SueaNoi Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Only one thing that I feel like I have to say is, I'd rather use the tern "Tibia" than "Fibula" because Tibia is larger and is the bone that the dog puts his weight on.

other than that. Thank you! This is very helpful!
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Lyrak Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love when people put up tutorials like this, because each artist gives me a different wording for how to look at things, and it help store it all better in my head when I'm away from my references. :)
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Guda-The-Hermit Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, these were really helpful. Thank you so much!
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KirasDarkLight Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You! You are a gorgeous person! :huggle: This is so helpful, thank you for making it.
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Evoli-niceli Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for this tutorial, it's very helpful :)
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Alikra Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love
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SaveTheQu33n Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Animal anatomy tutorials ftw! Not something you see often and for those of us who love to draw them (albeit imperfectly) is gonna be really useful. Thank you very much for the tutorial and the links! :)
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TheRechiba Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Hmm tuli vaa mielee ku katoin tota pääkalloo.. et eiks koiril alemmat torahampaat/kulmahampaat mikälie ni takempana entä ylemmät? Meil on kyl koira mut enpä oo koskaa katellu sen hampait lähempää xD.. just thinking..
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Lhuin Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Hmm joo tota aina ittekin tarkistelen kun niiden hampaita piirtelee, taitaa nimenomaan olla niin että alemmat hampaat tulee ylähampaiden "eteen"! [link] tolla lailla : D
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TheRechiba Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
Hoo vähä jännä 8'D oon aina luullu et just toisipäi.. Kiitos kuvasta!
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takaree Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ISO kiitos tästä! :heart:
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:iconlhuin:
Lhuin Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Eip mitään! Kiva jos on avuksi :D
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AlphaLunaWhiteWolf Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! :D
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