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Realistic Canine Leg Tutorial by Anti-Dark-Heart Realistic Canine Leg Tutorial by Anti-Dark-Heart
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Basic realistic canine hind leg tutorial. Please note that some dogs do have dew claws on their hind legs, but not most. 

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Enjoy!

Also check out my feline tutorial:

Realistic Domesticated Feline Ear Tutorial by Anti-Dark-Heart Realistic Feline Front Leg Tutorial by Anti-Dark-Heart

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Mirasai Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2017  New Deviant
Same
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xNeonMariex Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh gosh, dogs back legs are like my kryptonite. I don't draw "realistic" dogs, but this will still be super handy!
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Anti-Dark-Heart Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you find this handy :D
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Ga6rieI Featured By Owner Edited Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ik this is like a rlly old thing lol but
some dogs can have dew claws on their back feets :0
ive seen a few canines like that so its likely a genetic mutation of some sort tho but ye

im not a realistic artist of any sort tho lol but ik that some dogs have like a fifth toe on their back feet but its not w/ the rest of the toes, instead its like the front legs dew claws but also on the back legs too :v
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Anti-Dark-Heart Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I know haha, I already noted in the description that some canines have them.
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Kale-Stars Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this! I want to develop a more realistic style an this will help a ton!
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Anti-Dark-Heart Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome!
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Kale-Stars Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Student Digital Artist
:)
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FishMina Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is fantastic, really really helpful and good explanations. Thanks so much!
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Anti-Dark-Heart Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome!
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xXAngelxWolfXx Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooo now this will help me draw better! La la la la 
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Anti-Dark-Heart Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to hear :heart:
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Bountybreeder Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just went on a favouriting spree oops? XD
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F-enne Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When you can relate so hard XD
They were all in the tutorials though heheh oops
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Bountybreeder Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, basically.
In other words, I need to learn how to draw...Anatomy. XD
I'd do your other drawings but it'd take too long to favourite everything in your gallery. XD
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Keimi9103 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG thanks! Legs positions were driving me crazy D:
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Anti-Dark-Heart Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome!
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BattyillustratioN Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm
LERNING
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Anti-Dark-Heart Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
That's the spirit
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KriszTheBeast Featured By Owner Edited Aug 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
"feet is too forward"?? Looks actsually more CORRECT than the "how it should look like" part.
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Anti-Dark-Heart Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Based on a typical standing pose. Mostly deals with how you want to balance the canine.

But I can assure you that mine is correct. 

i.gyazo.com/3633ced3d3ff50622b…
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KriszTheBeast Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
interesting because i saw that also in real life...maybe that also depends on what kind of a canine it is,because maybe wild animals not that much but dogs can be very different
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daFox11 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really helpful.
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Anti-Dark-Heart Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Happy to hear that :heart: 
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daFox11 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Animal anatomy is REALLY hard for me.
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Anti-Dark-Heart Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
You'll get the hang of it in due time :heart: If I can do it, you can too!
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daFox11 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks`
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PrincessofdarknessX6 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD this is pretty helpful, thank you ^^ 
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Anti-Dark-Heart Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome C: 
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PrincessofdarknessX6 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you once again. 

Would you do felines ones too someday? 
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Anti-Dark-Heart Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Felines are definitely next on my list!
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PrincessofdarknessX6 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! ^^ 
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zarkadi-e Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this! It's always helpful to have a couple of "don't"-examples as well.
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Anti-Dark-Heart Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! I'm glad it's useful C: 
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Akkaruii Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016  Student General Artist
Do you happen to have a front leg tutorial as well? I have major issues with front legs and hind legs both.
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Anti-Dark-Heart Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I don't but I can definitely make one!
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Akkaruii Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016  Student General Artist
I would love to see one!
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NinjaKato Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015
That extra joint in the back feet bugs the shit out of me when I see it. The toes bend but there's not a knobby bit there like an extra wrist :I Dogs/Canines are not like horses lol 
Thank you for this :V 
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Anti-Dark-Heart Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I see more and more people do it these days and I'm like "When did this become a thing? You have feet yourself, surely you know that there is no wrist bone in your feet, right?" 

Haha you're welcome~
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NinjaKato Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015
Yeah it's an odd new trend which is kind of irritating :XD: More so with art that is, but all rights, really anatomically correct otherwise. Then you have this odd ball joint in the back leg and it just ruins the anatomy :I 
Toes bend but good lord, not that much :XD: 

<3
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Anti-Dark-Heart Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It's like... You can exaggerate your style as much as you want, yes, but you don't have to break bones in half about it :XD: 

Exaggerations and originals styles are good. Bad anatomy is bad. 
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Nutty-Nutzis Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Student General Artist
No dew claws on hind legs? I need to keep this in mind. ^^;
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Anti-Dark-Heart Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
With wolves, no dew claws. With some dogs, they do
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TyokaYuka Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Student General Artist
ah these are cool!
This actually helps since I'm trying to break off my bit of a cartoonish style!
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Shadowwolf Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
out of all of these

the dew claw pisses me off the most

WOLVES DO NOT HAVE BACK DEW CLAWS AAAARGGG *throws stuff everywhere* it annoys me so much. idk why.
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Anti-Dark-Heart Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It bothers me when people add them and then act like they're an opposable thumb. Like there is a bone in there and they can actually grab stuff.

Dew claws on the back (for dogs that do have them) are really flabby and useless. 
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Shadowwolf Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They ARE useless! I can't stand people who think they have a purpose! Even people who breed dogs to specifically have them, or double dewclaws. It really does trick people into thinking that they're natural. Sorry, but deformities are not natural, nor should they be a desirable breed trait. But what do I know! :frustrated:
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Anti-Dark-Heart Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
They are indeed useless which is why I added it to the nono section. I see more and more people drawing dogs' feet like they're... Hands or something. Giving them dew claws that are more like thumbs, wrist bones, etc. It looks a bit weird. 

Why on earth would people want double dew claws on their dog? What good would it do??? I wish people would just leave dog breeds alone and stop trying to make their deformities more prominent. 
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Shadowwolf Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree.
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pepweb1 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 12, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I work at a vet clinic when dogs are born with them most of the time we can just twist them off when there puppies it doesn't even hurt.

also there not deformities just what's left of something that the dogs and other canines evolved out off. They've shrunk and traveled up the leg due to lack of use and need. The same is with horses. They still have what's left of there other toes it's just moved due to no use for the extra toes. In horses it's evolved so much that it's almost not there at all but that's why horses have chestnuts on the inide of the knees. Not a deformity just what's left of something no longer needed.
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