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Canine PAW TUTORIAL by Lithroxid Canine PAW TUTORIAL by Lithroxid


I know the category is wrong, but I wanted a preview image, and categories are screwed up. :c Please don´t let this deviation get deleted just because of that...

Add to your :+fav: if you find this helpful, and if you use this to practice drawing paws, please let me see your product of art, I´d love to take a look. :la:

A video of drawing paws, and more examples in the tutorial itself will come in the future! I´m actually sick now and can´t finish everything I thought of doing for now. ^^; Apologizes!
Will write this quickly, if something is unclear, please point it out, and I´ll explain... (I´m clumsy now) ^^ This description might look simple, but there´s always something logic behind it. : ) Please ask if you got questions!


Please keep in mind that this is a digital tutorial, but this can be drawn traditionally as well, of course!

1. Quickly sketch an outline of about how you want the paw the be formed. This means... determine its pose!^^ You can also start with simple lines instead of drawing the outline to determine its pose and create something dynamic.

2. Draw the claws. I like to start with the claws at once, because they can give the paw a whole new expression depending on how they are drawn (Where they "point"). :D

3. Mark the "toes/fingers", and perhaps some muscles... You can go detailed if you wish to!

4. Add the dew claw! NOTE: Hind-/backlegs have not normally got dew claws.

5. Add the paw pads. Depending on the dynamic, the paw pads can be visible or not visible when the paw is standing on the ground. As you can see, I drew them visible. ^^

6. Lower the opacity of the layer of the sketch, but it has to be comfortably visible.

7. I created a new layer OVER the sketch, and began drawing the lineart. It´s important that the lineart has to be clean and accurate.

8. The sketch is either hidden or deleted, and we got the lineart alone.

9. On a layer UNDER the lineart, we can give our new paw a flat color.

10. Either if you want to draw a natural animal with natural colors, create your own unique character, or want to draw a specific character, begin vary the paw with some different colors. : )

11. Many would call this shading, but I don´t. I would say this is making the paw look more "3D", or texturizing some fur. This is very primary! I chose a blue-purple color on a new layer, set on "Multiply". On quite low opacity, but the choice of color or opacity all depends on you and what you think looks best and right for the mood of your artwork. 

There are many ways to shade, and these are only three examples, out of billions.
12 a).The light source is coming from the left. On a new layer on "multiply", I drew the shadows themselves on the paw.

12 b). The light source is coming about from above, and the opacity is lower than from point 12 a). As you can see, I edited the color of the lineart! Be creative and find some cool things to do with your drawing. :meow:

12 c). Here, I deleted the lineart and painted the shadows instead. Lineless painting is something different from drawing.

Yep! Hope it was helpful somehow. Hm, this was supposed to only be a paw tutorial, but it ended up explaining more factors... like use of colors. Remember, this is only SOME ways to do things. If you experiment, you will find your own way to do things. Go with what that gives results, and which feels comfortable for you. The boxes to the left are important to read as well. Good luck, and thanks so much. :squee:

Tutorial is made by me,:iconlithroxid: Lithroxid . Do NOT re-upload.
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Reithya Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for making this! Being a dragon artist, canine paws have always been a difficult challenge- this really, REALLY helps. Thanks again! :love:
Lithroxid Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No! Thank YOU. :D I´m ever so glad to know that it has helped you!

Best wishes to you for practicing.
musicpackwolf Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow I love you for making this...
Go once terrible paw makers!
Lithroxid Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Good luck with practicing. :huggle:
TheSlayer15 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Can I save it in my computer? :3
Lithroxid Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there, I apologize for the late reply! Was on the mountain the last days. o:

Sure you could! <3 Good luck with practicing. :)
TheSlayer15 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
And not a problem! :)
Lithroxid Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course! I´m the one to thank you. :D<3
TifaxLockhart Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for sharing this! :)
Lithroxid Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course! Good luck with practicing, and thank you as well! c:
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