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Character Design Tut: Anatomy by AddictionHalfWay Character Design Tut: Anatomy by AddictionHalfWay
Part three and man is it a big one xD

It's huge because I think it's the part of character design that needs a big fat tutorial the most. I've seen character design tutorial covering markings and coloring before but anatomy tutorials are usually just "how to draw a horse".

Not every single way you can make anatomy is different is up there. Seriously, you can play with anatomy like silly putty, go nuts :giggle:


Photoshop CS3
Images, tutorial ~AddictionHalfWay


btw this is a photo of a "fluffy" corgi: [link]
My hairdresser has a fluffy corgi. Corgi breeders tend not to acknowledge or sell fluffy corgis because they aren't breed standard :shrug:
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goosetooth Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a lot of trouble with thinking of patterns, any tips on that? 
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SquidVivi Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very helpful! Thanks a lot for making this, I will be sure to refer back to this at times! c:

I've been showing personal improvement w/ different body types lately, but strangely enough, legs and paws are giving me the most difficulty atm.

I think it's because while experimenting I haven't been using references as much as I usually do. I'm going to focus on fixing that soon enough though! 

Anyways, thanks again! ^^
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EldritchLJThurston Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for making this man!!! This really helps and given my love for designing animal and creature characters, this is one of my favorites!!! :happybounce:
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XxLyraLunaSilviaxX Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! For some reason, this has helped me more than any super-detailed tutorial ever has! Especially in (acrylic) painting class! You've quite the gift. :3
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AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
I'm happy to hear that! c: 
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cosandk Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awwww. u have really wonderful talent!! im a artist-in-the-making meaning im getting to where i HAVE sold art already and im only 12! (ALMOST 13! YAY!!!!) for $10 on one and the others i still have to do, but anyway, ur tips on here will help when i make art!! again, UR WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!! (ignore how my icon,Whitney, looks mad, plz)
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AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
Well first off you're not an "artist-in-the-making" if you like drawing art it doesn't matter if you've sold any or not; you're an artist :) 

Practicing and references are what's important if you ask me. If you draw animals look at photos, even if you draw in a cartoony style like I do or go crazy with the anatomy. Photos let you get a feel for the animal's personality c: (even better if you have videos of animals) and of course practicing makes things become more and more natural to do. 
Looking up to artists is important too c: Just looking at their art can teach you how they would do something you might be having trouble with. And of course don't be afraid of looking up tutorials/how-to's about anything from inking to selling art.

And if you're ever feeling down then tell yourself "A good artist is a bad artist who never gives up". I tell myself that all the time and it's helped me a lot c:
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cosandk Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my gma is an artist. meaning tht her name is out there and even tho she doesnt want to be famous, she could be. i look up to her when it comes to art. she's tought me a lot when it comes to realistic animals. she paints them but i draw them so we have to do some things different.  i never tell myself the good artist bad one thing. i just go and say if its bad ill say ' dang. i need work on this one' or 'hmmm..... ill try this pose later after i look in my art book' if its good(meaning my best so far) ill say 'WOW i didnt think i had tht talent on this pose! my first try and its good!' or something like tht. the artist in me is in my blood. its a talent tht pretty much everyone in my family has, whether they know it or not. it may be drawing animals, painting, or doing things like making something. but i can say tht evveryone has an artist in them. everything in ur life needs inmagination. more-so art and music, but pretty much everything.  everything u said is true. plus most of mine, i hope.
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nicolft Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
This is *awesome*! *O* But what about reptilians? :o
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AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
It's very hard to do to a pet reptile (in comparison to a chihuahua or cat) but you can have an overweight reptile it seems. From what I've heard it happens most in snakes but also species that would require a lot of exercise but can't in their captivity containers (so a small pet lizard can exercise still but a monitor lizard might not). So if you're going by complete realism then you can certainly still make a fat lizard. Realism aside, I think it's cool when people make fat reptile characters. I can imagine a big fat python as a terrible threat to a hero. Or an obese crocodile that rules the river.

I don't know what to say about age in reptiles however. Going the cartoony route you can make the character's skin more flabby/wrinkly than the younger reptiles or make the skin look like bootleather. In the case of animals like Crocodiles or Dinosaurs I imagine an elderly scaly creature to have scars/damage to their body. An approach for a snake character could be that its old skin is still partially attached to it (like flakes or rips or maybe its head is still covered etc) implying that the snake is old to the point it doesn't quite have the strength to remove the previous skin on its own. 
An old reptile character in a story can easily be represented simply by its species either because how the species acts or because the species is actually capable of living for an incredible amount of time. Like if I say there's a character in a story called "Martin the Tortoise" chances are you immediately associate the character as being old. 


for things like designing species of reptiles/designing reptile individual characters and trying to figure out what features to go with it still works like mammals. Fennec Foxes live in hot climates so if someone wanted to make a mammal that lived in a hot climate they could start by looking at the fennec fox for ideas (such as its ears that help radiate heat out of the body). Reptile fans can look to different species of reptiles (or mammals and mammal-fans can look to reptiles too!) for ideas just the same. The Fennec Fox uses its ears to help maintain its temperature while the Desert Spiny Lizard changes its colors from dark to light depending on if it wants to absorb heat from the sun or reflect it away. I think it'll be easier to look at reptiles to decide on logical choices. 

The difference between a cat and a dog seems to be overly hard for a lot of people (even those who say their super fans of drawing them) because they're both fuzzy and have four legs. Nevermind different species of cats or different species of canines. But just from looking at pictures someone can point out big differences between a  Gharial and an Alligator or the differences between a Cobra and a Python.




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nicolft Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
Wow. Thanks a lot o-o Thi-This is quite awesome.
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Rainiila Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
I like! Some great tips in there.
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AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Thanks :)
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Rainiila Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
:)
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WesternWolfWarrior Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe ^^ The fortune-teller chihuahua reminds me of that green chihuahua from Courage the Cowardly Dog.
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RainbowfiedEmba Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a really good Tutorial.
People don't get that you can fool around with anatomy a bit.
I hate it when people say it's my style for an excuse. But I also hate when people get mad because someone's anatomy isn't perfect.
This tutorial proves you can have a little bump in your style to have good anatomy and be creative. C:
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sunkissin Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These is seriously wonderful omfg, definitely one of the best tutorials I've ever seen xD It's definitely come in handy! It's so wonderfully informative and I just love the art, excellent job <333

Also I'm curious, what breed is the long-legged dog beside the Norwegian Lundehund? Just because I'm making a character which looks like it x3
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AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
The red and black one? It's called a maned wolf :) They're a fast (45mph!) canine that's neither wolf nor fox that lives in South America.
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sunkissin Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhh I thought it was a maned wolf xDD I was just a little confused cuz the tail's a bit long haha. Oh well, thanks anyway! <3
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sleekyscool Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
the chihuahua reminds me of my own chihuahua in different coloring and different eye color and since he steals alot of stuff it made me thinks what if Sleeky stole a crystal ball but clothes fell on him lol
anyway GREAT drawing tutorial my drawings look way better now
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doggie1237 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is spectacular for people who are good at drawing but not the "small" (?) things like paws. I hate paws because I have a laptop and I don't have one of those drawing pads. Is there any technique for how to do paws with a laptop?
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AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
While I do have a laptop, I also have a tablet. My suggestion would be to just keep trying different ways you can draw paws or, if you want a tablet, I'd suggest checking out the Monoprice tablets as they have tablets for as little as $23 (given its a small tablet but they've got other ones too :heart: )
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doggie1237 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. My mom friggin WIPED OUT my bank account. I'll have to ask for it on my birthday.
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AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Oh man @___@ yeah, I guess it's time to make that birthday list xD
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DayDreamPony Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved this! It really helped (yeah I know this tutorial is kinda old but I just found it hehe) And Norwegian Lundehunds are so damn epic breeds! <3
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iluvdevilschild Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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WolvenDragon Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
You're chihuahua made me think of courage the cowardly dog; "the stupid one, he open the box?"
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AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
lmao xD
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FriskiiPup Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your Tutorials, Addiction! They're Extremely Helpful, and they also give me some Ideas on How to Create another OC!

Thanks!
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Kumaule Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
this is so amazingly helpful, thanks :D
i used to own a fluffy corgi, always thought the fluff gave him more personality x3
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AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Glad you find it helpful :)

I agree, fluffy corgis <3
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Sephinta Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love this! It's so helpful, thank you!
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AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
thanks ouo
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JeanaBeana Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
Thanks, this will help me alot in getting some variety in my characters ^^
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AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
I'm happy to hear that ^^ Good luck with your designing!
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JeanaBeana Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
thanks, I love tutorials always something to learn ^^ Good luck to you too
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tinydoodles Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is a very well done tutorial, and I'll definitely remember it the next time I'm designing characters :)
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AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
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Rabbidsquierrel Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
This tutorial is great, especially the "characters don't always have to be breed standard" part. Also, the con artist chihuahua reminds me of Shirley from Courage the Cowardly Dog, exept she was green and not a con artist (she actually had phychic powers and stuff).
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ShahirahLikesMilk Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you. You have helped me OH SO MUCCHH! :'D
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WinryBaby Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
This is awesome! I think the problem I have is consistency. Any advice? Thanks for uploading this!
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AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
Consistency is certainly a hard thing xox Basically drawing them up the wazoo is the way to learn to keep your characters consistent.

If you like memes I would suggest trying out these two: [link] and [link] (or other memes like them).
Also try to keep yourself aware of the guidelines/fundamentals you did to finish that character. For example with my character Niabi I start with a circle for the head and two smaller circles for the eyes. So next time I draw Niabi I won't start with a triangle shape for the head or ovals for the eyes (hopefully that makes sense!)
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WinryBaby Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
This totally makes sense and helps me a lot! Thanks so much!
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kate0808 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE YOU FOR MAKING THIS ALL. ewe
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AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
x3 yay love!
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Canis-ferox Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is my favorite of these three tutorials. ^^ I love playing around with anatomy differences in character design. A character is more than just its markings |D It doesn't even have to be anything greatly exaggerated either. Slight differences in facial structure or eye or ear shape can help to set characters apart.

Speaking of non-breed standard dogs, I have a German shepherd who defies breed standard rather well. He's not as slope-backed as they're supposed to be, and his tail curls and ends in a corkscrew :la: He sometimes carries it over his back, even. I love it. xD
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AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Thanks c:

Well actually that's something I find hilarious about german shepherd characters.. Only SHOW shepherds have sloped backs, it makes them look more defined. Working dogs aren't supposed to because it makes them weak (it always makes me giggle when I see comics and characters that are like my GSD is so badass!! and it has a sloped back..)
I love that tail idea 8D nice :heart:
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Canis-ferox Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome ^^

Yeah, haha. Seems like a lot of people don't take that sort of thing into consideration. I don't think my dog is working line, but he's certainly not show line either I wish I knew more about his breeding and background, but we adopted him at six months so anything before that is completely unknown. The people we got him from don't know either. I think I've only got one picture of him in my gallery so far, but it shows his tail: [link]
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AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Nice sketches!
Odd indeed, I suppose it could just be a random deformity or your dog was unfortunate enough to break its tail as a puppy x_x My uncle's siamese cat broke its tail and now it's tail very visible kink in it.
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Susiron Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, damn, I love this!
I'm normally one to just look at realistic pictures and things, but then that never lets me see all of these cool little close examples and tips-- thank you so much for making this! CB
I think the claw thing is especially handy. I've never paid much attention to claws.
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