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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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:iconragtailcat:
RagtailCat Featured By Owner Edited 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol. I just do the wrong side xD
I'll pratice to make it better c:
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:iconcocominitsani:
CocoMiniTsani Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  New member Hobbyist Artist
This looks very helpful :) thank you so much!
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Kryaotic-Draggin Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
i like the first one better
//shot

JK
Thank you so much!
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maryfersstiger Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you much :3
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:iconcolatheemowolf:
ColaTheEmoWolf Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Student Interface Designer
;0; I draw incorrect with paws?! AWE MAN NOW I HAVE TO REDRAW EVERYTHING *,~,*
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:iconpikapikachu071:
Pikapikachu071 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so glad I found this, or I'd be doing dog/cat legs all wrong! Thank you.
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:iconwolfpelt24:
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!
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:iconfantasyfox22:
FantasyFox22 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Very helpful tutorial! ;v;
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DareTheDemon Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Left side: #You'reDoingItWrong
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Deciduous-Honeycomb Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhah lol :D
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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~
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jynxdude0614 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! This will help me so much ;u;
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:iconmentalkitteh:
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?
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:iconbluedrgnmethy:
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?
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:icondaridarikashi:
DariDariKashi Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Student Filmographer
;_; I needed these like crazy, thank you!
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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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x-PaintedLynx Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ugh I try, but my drawings are too weird ;.;

This is a great tutorial. :D but my drawings...
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sonamyandanimals Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
awesome!!
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PlazmaticEruption Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It helped perfectly<3
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:iconniinamok:
niinamok Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks! This really helps me out :)
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:iconfeelingsareforbidden:
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 Featured By Owner 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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Timidemerald Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Student Filmographer
question! Can these apply to housecats?
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:iconcataikoaiko23:
CatAikoAiko23 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for this Tutorial on how to draw the cats legs properly. I've been looking for something like this! :3
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hollieflame Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist
awesome! this is perfect, i love all your art and your tutorials are really helpful- thanks for taking the time to share so many tips with us! ;)
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Skitty-Sama Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god I love your perfect anatomy. <33 It's so realistic I'm gonna die.
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CASANDRAGUIMAUVE Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student General Artist
WOOWW !! thanks a lot!!! that's will really help me^^
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:iconfuyu-oleander:
fuyu-oleander Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really useful. I've always had problems getting paws to look right.
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Autumnwish9 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Haha the paw at the end!
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:iconthesilvereyedlombax:
TheSilverEyedLombax Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These are cool, I have not yet completely mastered drawing legs, paws, and hands.
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Lenuk Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
<3 *awwww* great!!!! never saw a better one
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:iconm-lee08:
M-Lee08 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Super helpful to get in the extra detail.
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Luce8600 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg SO helpful! :D
thank you so much!
Plus, the last paw on the left made me giggle a tad bit too much :')
especially as that it the standard of my poor pooches paws right now xD x
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Nevadora Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
does the back lay only have 4 digits on the ground?
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Meowberries Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so awful with those back legs- I've always been. But lately I've been practicing and looking at these tutorials and they help so much! ^^
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ClimbToTheStars Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Student General Artist

This is very helpful!
Do you know of any good tutorials for domestic cats?
Or could the same theory be used for domestic cats?
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1dustdream1 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
for the legs incorrect side thats not exactly true it depends the position the cats in
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True-True Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Student
thank you for all this tutorial! :D
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:iconkeilily:
Keilily Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
This helps so much! I consider myself a novice artist and I've been struggling with paws/ legs recently, thank you so much for making this! ;3;
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:iconmayvig:
MayVig Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your tutorials are very good! It's probably hepl me for draw better felines!
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DOLFIY Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I usually make some mistakes at the hind legs..
and I think this tutorial really helpfull for me..:)
Thank you so much for the tutorial!:D
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FrozenPanther Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
oh my god. thanks so much for the tutorials! :love:
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FishyFeeshy Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
does this apply on small cats(the one we keep as pets)
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Devinital Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I'm going to use this for reference if you don't mind.
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VeronicaRosejones Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Student General Artist
do you think you could make one about wolves?!!!!! :) that would be awesome!!
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MusicCats Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
thank you!!!
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:iconw4lker:
w4lker Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
This is so specific!
I needed an accurate cat paw anatomy as a basis for a dragon paw, i'm glad that i stumbled upon this tutorial. Thanks a lot!
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:iconmishkuu:
mishkuu Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks for this!
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:iconfairytalesdream:
FairytalesDream Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Paws are as awful as hands - -
Im sure I will improve with the help of this tutorial :3
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