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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:

Part two:
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Wolfpelt24 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha xD I did everything wrong till now c: I'll try to do better!
FantasyFox22 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Very helpful tutorial! ;v;
DareTheDemon Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Left side: #You'reDoingItWrong
monochromera Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
XD it's a tad hard to accept with grace that someone my same age was better years ago than I am now lol
but learning now is better than never X3 I've realized quite unfortunately that I've been drawing paws horribly wrong. this tutorial was super helpful though, and I'm definitely on track with fixing my errors c:
serious thanks for making such a simple but great tutorial~
jynxdude0614 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! This will help me so much ;u;
MentalKitteh Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
I need help! If a cat had it's paw pressed against a window or something what would it look like?
bluedrgnMethy Featured By Owner 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?
DariDariKashi Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Student Filmographer
;_; I needed these like crazy, thank you!
22bubble-eyes22 Featured By Owner 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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