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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!
icybubble Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was so much help! Thanks so much!Hug 
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!
LacrymosaDiesIlla Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic tutorial! This is exactly what I was looking for.
BurnerTheStinugo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Student General Artist
This helped so much, thank you!
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 I can just show them this! ^^
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.
W0RLD-EATER Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Remarkable tutorial! :clap: I'll be coming back here every so often, don't worry.~
Minouze Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Waaaw... It's sooo heeeelpfuuul !!! :iconhappytearsplz:
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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