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Digitigrade study (in fursuits) by 10kk Digitigrade study (in fursuits) by 10kk

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I mean not to offend anyone when I say that most of the fursuit digigrade legs I have seen are not very realistic/well done.
I know I'm not one to talk, being as I'm not really a fursuit maker, but I am an artist that works with design heavily, and I enjoy designing things to look as realistic as possible around the human body.

Here we have a study I did on proportions and design of:
1. A true animal (canid) leg
2. A Human leg.
3. Fursuit digilegs using foam/padding
4. Fursuit digilegs using stilts
And to finnish, I have a tip for the actual foaming process (which is unfortunately, where I find most mess up).

First off, animal legs, apart from some muscle deviation, follow the bones, so in other words what I like to call the "Parallel Line Rule". If you see right, under "Good", it shows what the padding should basically look like on a human leg trying to look digitigrade.

Obviously, the problem in human legs is that our shin bone is too long in comparison to our thigh and foot.
Padded legs just create the illusion, around the actual human leg, of a bent knee and standing on your toes. This is the most well-known version of a fursuit digileg. The length and bend of each section of the illusioned leg all depend on your actual leg's bends and width. I find that most people to not add enough to create the gentle slopes of what a real animal leg looks like. Most I find, leave out the shin bone almost all together, which is a big mistake. More padding needs to be added to the butt so it's parallel with the front of the thigh that's coming out to create the knee joint. The butt padding should come down right to the back of your knee, for as to allow propper movement. The slope of the shin piece can be adjusted depending on mainly where your knee is and how long it needs to be in order to look atleast somewhat in proportion with the heel to toe piece (foot).

Stilts are becoming widely popular, mainly because of their effect, I even find stilts very interesting. And here, you can add length to the foot (the stilt) so that the proportion difference caused by your shin is not so great. However, there is nothing you can do about the length of your thigh in comparison to them, also, most aren't padded enough. Not to say you need to go crazy with the foam.. but if you're making a werewolf, werewolves are rippling with muscle, and if you look at a real animal's leg, the thigh is pretty much huge (wide) in comparison to the shin and foot.

Under padding in both cases can make either seem under-done and rather crappy in terms of realism. If it doesn't look natural, it doesn't look good, I don't care how toony your character is supposed to be, you aren't walking around with an outline. Realism must come into play somewhere.

Making fursuit digilegs is all about manipulating whatever medium you use around your leg to create the best illusion.

In conclusion:
Padding is everything!
Underpadding in both cases can make either look bad.
Stilts create an interesting effect, and are fun, but because you're using your actual leg joints for the digileg, there really isn't anyway for you to manipulate the joints in the illusioned digileg, therefore it can come out unproportionate and very skimpy looking.
I personally preffer the digitigrade legs that utilize the foam padding, just because it creates a better overall effect, I believe, and it is alot easier to manipulate the illusioned joints. However, it does require more padding covering your legs, therefor making it more hot, and expensive to make.

(However, stilts will always look better under-padded than straight-leg digilegs that are under-padded).
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Escamosa Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
Thank you very much! *w*
SydneyitsSydneyYo Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you fur this bloody suit??!... -_-'
RainbowDashyMD Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is like a pet peev of mine. oh my gosh. I mean I know the people who make the suit work hard to make them look the way they do but it's just when I see suits with who's digigrade looks so obviously fake ... it irks me :iconnojustnoplz:
ShadowKnight334 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
omg my fursona is a red fox with black tipped ears and tail her name is yuki
bakuragirl4 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
how are you able to walk with the padding over the knee?
10kk Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
It is possible to bend fairly well still if the front-piece is a solid piece, however you'd need a very good securing system.
I, on the other hand have cut the front-piece foam into two pieces, the thigh piece (above the knee) and the smaller piece below the knee. On my current black (under) suit they are held on with hot glue, but, I am going to create a completely new and seperate under suit that I will be able to attach and detach the individual foam pieces from- via velcro and/or snaps.
FayloreDragon Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
~clings~ I love you for making this! <3
The-Black-Wolfess Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Instant favorite. This will be super useful C:
lazrwolf66 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really great reference. Question how would you work in stilts?
10kk Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! And "work" how? :)
lazrwolf66 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If you wanted to increase the hight of the leg for a large quad suit?
10kk Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
ahh, so for like stilts for ALL four legs in a quad?
lazrwolf66 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
10kk Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hmm, that's a good question, I havn't really thought about leg stilts as well as arm stilts.
I did find this picture, though of the Lycans of Underworld:
lazrwolf66 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That would hurt me.
10kk Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
omg, I know it.. that's part of the reason I never designed anything for it.. because it would be just so difficult and uncomfortable x.x
SophieDoodlz Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Student Filmographer
oooooh :D
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