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Moogle
05-31-2014, 12:17 PM
Ello' all! :x3:

I'm having a bit of trouble when it comes to legs on animals (mainly canines - hind legs mostly). I know some are different from one another, but I usually have trouble with all of them. I think it's a planning issue, or I'm just not breaking it down enough? I practice gestures quite often, but it's gotten to the point where it's really frustrating to even draw my favourite animal now. Gonna post a WIP of (hopefully) a soon-to-be polished piece.

http://i.imgur.com/kHttAYr.jpg

Ref: http://ih1.redbubble.net/image.12651138.2618/flat,550x550,075,f.jpg

Idk, it just doesn't seem to flow. Hind legs have always been a struggle for me so hopefully I can get through this with some help. :)

(Also thank you to all those who have helped me in the past in this section. Though I may not have finished some of those pieces that were posted, I still took your suggestions to heart & applied them to other works - so thanks again!)

TealMoon
05-31-2014, 02:57 PM
His hind leg doesn't match the rest of the body. Not enough movement in the hip and leg and the paw is turned inward at a funny angle.

Sammacha
05-31-2014, 10:06 PM
Hey Moogle, You know I love drawing animals right? xD
I think what you need to remember is that when they are running they go as areo as possible for their little bursts of speed (up 30Km whoa)
They pull their limbs tight to their body and the stretch out for as big a stride as possible.
His hind leg would be pushing forward to be ahead of his front paws and under his neck somewhere I believe ( I have drawn running animal animations for a long time now, I'm rusty :/ )

if you pull the head down it will give the body more flow and help with the look overall
The leg should also stretch more imo
http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee178/sammacha/Untitled-1_zps19a453d8.jpg

PS: you seemed to have drawn the front paw upside down O_O

Moogle
05-31-2014, 10:51 PM
His hind leg doesn't match the rest of the body. Not enough movement in the hip and leg and the paw is turned inward at a funny angle.

Thanks for your input, I'll try to apply more movement to it. :)


Hey Moogle, You know I love drawing animals right? xD
I think what you need to remember is that when they are running they go as areo as possible for their little bursts of speed (up 30Km whoa)
They pull their limbs tight to their body and the stretch out for as big a stride as possible.
His hind leg would be pushing forward to be ahead of his front paws and under his neck somewhere I believe ( I have drawn running animal animations for a long time now, I'm rusty :/ )

if you pull the head down it will give the body more flow and help with the look overall
The leg should also stretch more imo
http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee178/sammacha/Untitled-1_zps19a453d8.jpg

PS: you seemed to have drawn the front paw upside down O_O

Thanks Sam! XD I actually didn't know those tidbits of info, I should really read up more about this type of stuff rather than sticking right to a picture. I do agree, the leg definetly needs to be stretched but that's what I'm having trouble with - it doesn't look natural when I do it. What's worse is I have a ref right infront of me, but I can't seem to understand the leg & how it moves. Usually when I get stumped like this I either move onto a different pose or guess my way through, but I don't want to do either this time. XD

Ah, and sweet redline! Thanks for that~ :x3: I'll see about applying this newfound knowledge to it now, though I see nothing wrong with the front paw? It may just be my scribblyness. :P My friend said also this could be apart of the perspective being off, so I may try my hand at switching it up a bit.

Sammacha
06-01-2014, 12:06 AM
Hey no worries, glad to be of help.
the front paw might look off due to scribbles (and I totally understand that xD ). I thought you has drawn the toes on the part of its foot closest to the body (which is upside down, lmao)

its true that you aren't following the exact perspective that the photo was taken but its a great capture of the fox in mid stride.
I do think that the head should be a bit bigger, and if you need a better idea of how a animal changes their posture for a full on run try looking at a horse run video. I think its easier to pick things out because they are larger and have a longer neck and legs then a small animal such as a dog and they have similarities in their stride.

Moogle
06-01-2014, 01:28 AM
http://i.imgur.com/alhQCRM.jpg

I was gonna put it off till tomorrow but I noodle'd around with it a bit. I dunno, I'm still not overly happy with it, but it may just be because I can't seem to get the other leg down. I'll try again tomorrow and hopefully have a better result. :3 Sleepy time~

Sammacha
06-02-2014, 11:13 PM
The rear foot needs to be more in line with the floor I think. It looks kind of floppy like this O_o