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    Ooh, very interesting! Yes, musculature is something else entirely (as I'm learning with humans) But not as much a concern with animals...unless you're doing a beast that has really thin hair. Like a horse! Very nice dinosaurs...keep it up!

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    wow awsome stuff, this will come in handy big time in the future

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    If you guys are still following this
    http://www.skullsite.com/skeletons/birdskeletons.htm
    has 3d movies of 10 or so different bird skeletons

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    3 D movies

    THese are great, thanks for posting them. I'm still working on birds! Judy

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    That's an incredible link!! Thanks so much!

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    Excellant, thank you Craig D!

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    Glad to help,

    just wish they were in a different movie format that I could save.

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    Great thread. I've never sketched too much animals. Here is a good place to post some.

    Sloth's skeleton



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    hehe - a sloth!! Where'd you find a skeleton of a sloth? That's great Farvus! Next step is to start manipulating that skele in ways a sloth would never do - because, let's face it, those guys are boring! Have some fun, and let me see what you come up with!

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    Well. Sloths are one of the slowest animals on Earth so it sholud be easy to animate them . I found three images of sloth's skeleton on the net:
    http://www.museumofosteology.org/ima...keleton-lg.jpg - Megalonychidae (two-toed sloth)
    http://www.dundee.ac.uk/museum/zoolo...tons/2130A.JPG - Megalonychidae (two-toed sloth)
    http://www.netfuture.org/1999/IMAGES/97_fig03.gif - Bradypodidae (three-toed sloth)

    Here are few studies from photo reference. It's not enough for another step so I will just continue drawing them.



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    awwww...they are pretty cute, aren't they?

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    Yes. They are cute . Here are new ones



    Two bigger sloths on the left are from photo reference. Smaller on the right are my a bit cartoony vesions.

    As you can see the top right part is sleeping sloth and his friend spidey .

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    Very nice! You are starting to use the face expressively, but you could go a lot farther. Do some close up studies of the face, and really push the face to be more expressive. Utilize the markings to make the eyes more pronouced. Your biggest aid in making animals expressive are the eyes - use them!

    Also, really emphasize the things that make a sloth a sloth. The one smoking a pipe for instance: the paw holding it should be more like a real sloth's. Actually, it should go BEYOND a real sloth's - more real than a real sloth, if that makes sense. Cartoon is all about exaggeration, so exaggerate those paws, how long they are, how they curve! That's what makes cartoons so funny - they are so above and beyond what is real it's hysterical.

    Good job Farvus - way to keep plugging away!

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    Hi new guy here. Totally new at drawing too. Okay here goes.
    heres the ref of a wolf

    and my pic


    Just a question. How can I make my proportions better?

    edit: lol whoops just saw that i forgot that last leg...

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    Hey Littlefox, welcome! That's a very nice start. Your proportions are overall pretty correct - it's just the hind leg that's misbehavin'. First, draw a plane for the wolf to stand on - that'll help you keep the length the same. Next, the rear knee should line up almost exactly with the front elbow. Draw a line parallel to the bottom line to make sure they're even. That skeleton you used as ref is pretty small - see if you can't find something bigger, or maybe a dog skeleton might be easier to get. Dogs and wolves are fairly similar, but be careful to study the differences. Wolf legs are much longer than dogs, and their bodies shorter in proportion. That drawing is a good place to start - looks like you used a wacom? If you did, in PS, then it should be easy to create a new layer and refine what you did. Always strive to be as accurate as possible, at least at first. Only when you're comfortable with the skele should you start being sketchy.

    Hope to see more from you Littlefox! Good show!

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    ahhhh.....anatomy of animals....i will have to join this as soon as my human anatomy workshop is done.
    great idea teigrob! why don't i ever run into you at the local sketch jams? or have i?
    at any rate, sweet stuff. it's already affected bumskee in cowville - those creatures are looking bad-ass.
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    This could also be usefull -> Link

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    is this thread dead? it sounded like an awesome idea especially in conjunction with bumskees' ps thread.

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    Nah, it ain't dead. But there are more people interested in learning to paint than draw animals. However, if you are still interested, I'd be more than happy to help out!

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    *poke* *poke*

    Hello. If you're still checking out this thread, I was kind of hoping to get your advice. I've been wanting to do some stuff like this and some of the pieces I've seen in your sketchbook thread. In other words, I want to be able to draw real animals in both realistic and more animated styles, and through improving my knowledge of the real thing come up with more neat critters of my own. I've been drawing for a while, but I feel like I could use more directed advice.

    So, to get started. I have a couple books with some animal anatomy, things like dogs, horses, lions. Which would be a good starting point?

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    I'm still here.

    So, you're asking which animal would be a good place to start, or which book? Really, any animal is a good place to start. Though it does help if you have access to the real thing. I grew up around horses, so drawing them in realistic attitudes is pretty easy for me. As for books, use the ones that have multiple views of the same animal skeleton. That's why "Animal Anatomy for Artists" is one of my favs - I mean, they even show the skeleton from above!

    Short of having access to real critters (even in a zoo is better than nothing) use the internet to it's full potential. There are usually tons of pics of all sorts of animals in intriguing poses.

    Hope that helps! Feel free to ask more questions if you have them.

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    Access to a zoo is iffy at times (I volunteer but am in college). But there is a vet school with horse fields, so I'll check those out. Thanks for the suggestions.

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    Oh my! How did I miss this thread? I love drawing animals! I've attached a horse skeleton I did a week or two ago, but now I'm going to work on doing a lion or such. X3

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    So would you like a crit on the horse skeleton, or would you like me to wait for the lion?

    Well heck, I'll give you one anyway...It's a pretty good start, and for the most part the bones are *generally* correct. It doesn't look like you were using reference...or you were using a picture and substituting the skeleton. Problems: the hips are way lower than the shoulder - on horses, the hips and shoulder are the same height. The knees on the back should match the elbows (which they pretty closely do) as well as the hocks on the back matching the knees on the front. The neck looks too short and the head a tad too small, though the rendering of the skull is much better than the rest of the skeleton. Take the same amount of care on the rest as you did the skull, and you'll do fine.

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    Yep I was drawing more for structure of the bones though I neglected proportion a bit. (Also the first horse I've drawn in years. >.>) Thank you for the critique. I should mention I was using Hultgren. Good to know what I did wrong though!

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    Cool thread! Lets draw animals together!! I got this cool book but the title is misleading, It says animals but its only mammals =/. Anyone know a good place for reptile/bird anatomy? Mainly help with wings and claws/talons

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    Hi everyone. This is my first post in Conceptart. And seeing all your work scares the hell out of me, and which is exactly what had kept me from posting here! But now I'm thinking, NO MORE!!

    Well I'm trying to get started with animal/bird/fish/insect etc drawing. I'm posting some quickies I had done a while back. I could really use some great pointers on how to go about it... or even on whether I'm going the right way.

    This is my pet (playing with my maid) done using a Wacom:



    And these are fish in my aquarium done using a pencil.



    Thanks so much! You all rock!!

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    Wingal - The best place I've found for lizards/birds is the web. Google it and you're sure to find some decent reference. Also, check out encyclopedias (no really, that's where I learned the finer details of a cat's claws.).

    dapOOn - what are you nervous about? Those are some great gestures of the dog. And the fish are wonderful - better than I could do. Tips? Draw lots more, study the skeleton so you know why the animal bulges where it does, and you're on your way.

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