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Big Cat Paw and Leg Tutorial by TamberElla Big Cat Paw and Leg Tutorial by TamberElla
This was based mostly off of lions, but can be applied to most big cats with minor changes!

Hopefully this might help a few people? Haha

I've struggled with paws and legs before, so I made this for anyone who is currently struggling CX
Don't depend on just this too heavily though, these are just sketches! Look up photos and bone structures for detailed reference!

I really, really suggest just taking a few hours and looking up references and drawing paws from photos and other artists! (dont upload without permission from the artists/photographers, just for practice!)
Honestly, it helps a ton! CX
I would use photos over drawings though, because artists are bound to make mistakes, and copying other people's mistakes won't help you xD;

For example, The Lion King really simplified the paws and left out some pads, which led to a lot of artists leaving the same details out. Which is fine of course, for stylizing, but if you're going for realism or semi-realism, you should be sure to draw it correctly C:


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Funkygame Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you saved my life XD
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bluedrgnMethy Feb 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
would a shot form the back of the rear leg be similar shape to the back of the front?
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DariDariKashi Jan 29, 2014  Student Filmographer
;_; I needed these like crazy, thank you!
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22bubble-eyes22 Jan 9, 2014  Student Artist
Yup, I was wondering why mine looked off. Turns out I was doing practically everything wrong in the list! X) Thanks for the clear instructions!
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ChocoBunnyOwO Sep 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
Ugh I try, but my drawings are too weird ;.;

This is a great tutorial. :D but my drawings...
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sonamyandanimals Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!!
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PlazmaticEruption Jul 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It helped perfectly<3
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niinamok Jul 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks! This really helps me out :)
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This is the first tutorial in which I've seen that for felines, I actually draw the dew claw a little bit too high.
Thanks!
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ToritheElf May 27, 2013  Student General Artist
I used this here: [link]

Thank you so much, and I know I just free-handed what you drew but I just kinda want to see how it felt for me to draw them, and I didn't feel comfortable just drawing them off the top of my head. Anyways, thank you for putting this up! It helped me alot!
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