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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 donīt 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, Iīd love to take a look. :la:

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



DESCRIPTION OF TUTORIAL

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


SKETCHING
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. ^^

LINEART
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. Itīs important that the lineart has to be clean and accurate.

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

COLORING
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 donīt. 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. 

SHADING
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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EerieWolf Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A paw tutorial! *fave* Huh? It's made by Lithroxid? It's been ages since I've said hello to you XD (and quite a few other people) so hey!
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SaxonVoter Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You have a really nice style! Realistic yet stylized. I want to be able to draw paws like this, I just seem to be stuck drawing them super simply and I'm too lazy to learn a new way... Hah.

Ah well, maybe I'll look into it in more detail next year in art school, when I can't use the excuse of "no time". :D
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Strabewy Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've seen the same tutorial in 13marisa's gallery
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Lithroxid Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Uhm... o_o If you´ve ever seen any of my artwork uploaded elsewhere, it must be stolen or mistaken. =O Every single of my uploaded deviations are original, included this one. I didn´t even use references to make this tutorial. Soon I´m going to make a video as well.
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Strabewy Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay
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cakep0p Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014   Digital Artist
wow, this is super useful!
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Lithroxid Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Au, I´m truly happy to hear it was! =O Good luck with practicing! ;D
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cakep0p Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014   Digital Artist
thank you!
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Lithroxid Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries. :D Have fun. ~
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thedoomedkitteh Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for clearing up this, it helped me a lot <3
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