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Animal Anatomy - Cats Part 1
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Published: November 13, 2009
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So, people keep requesting an anatomy tutorial. Here it is:

This is probably the #1 anatomy mistake I see from people trying to draw cats. I'm not sure if it comes from drawing dogs too much or if it is a side-effect of the Evana craze. The side-legs can be a cute stylization, but if you're trying to get closer to real life, it doesn't work.

Hope this helps! :)

As always -
Art copyright to :iconakeli:


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Another note, here is a great reference that shows the muscles better. It's from one of the books I have called Animal Anatomy for Artists (which has many other great drawings of lions/horses/dogs): [link]


PS! The cats in this tutorial were referenced from live footage and photographs I took myself. I wanted to make sure I mostly had everything right on this tutorial.
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Shadowisker's avatar
Shadowisker|Hobbyist General Artist
OH MY GOSH YES
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JaxLaPax|Student Digital Artist
Very nice and very helpful!
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gypsywithabluegenie's avatar
hi great drawing tutorial by the I was just wondering if there was a part two of the anatomy cats 
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ComradeDragon|Hobbyist General Artist
This guide is very helpful, thank you!!!
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Kaikaikiki|Professional Traditional Artist
An Atlas of Animal Anatomy for Artists by W.Ellenberger/Dover Publication
Link to get the book here:
anatomiaartistica.files.wordpr…
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hayyifas| Digital Artist
Beautiful, this will be very helpful in the future as I continue to draw these wonderful creatures.
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orpeg's avatar
thanks for this tuto :) good job 
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KINGSirDrMr's avatar
Failed that exact same pose. Wish I'd had that during my English final.
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SupeRobotLazerTiger|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much,  I'm going to be modeling a tiger in the near future, and this has definitely cleared a few things up.
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KoinuPuppyEdited |Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this tutorial!

Side Note: I am getting a book soon, called An Atlas of Animal Anatomy for Artists. I don't know if it's the same book you have but it's probably similar.
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Qzedd|Student Digital Artist
This helps a lot :D (Big Grin) 
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DarkreaperToky|Hobbyist Digital Artist
This will tremendously help me with drawing one of my original creatures in the future, thank you!
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Cleolith|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE YOU
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Rasajna's avatar
This is sure to help me when I try drawing tigers, thanks!
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BlackRose38|Hobbyist General Artist
this is sure to help me! THANK YA
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EnteGeminis|Student General Artist
Helpful tutorial!
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vizziebrr|Hobbyist Digital Artist
man boobs

you made my day
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Rothest|Student Digital Artist
"crazy man boob muscles." 
LMAO. Thanks for this!! 
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Candykitty90|Hobbyist Filmographer
COOL!!!
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Louvy|Student General Artist
thank you !
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BAMillustration|Professional General Artist
Thank you, this is very helpful!
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xXMacoyXx|Hobbyist General Artist
Could you do a tutorial on a side view of a tigers head and how head shapes vary from skinny animals to over weight animals please as im having trouble with getting the faces right...
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Shmuggly|Student Digital Artist
Very helpful and well done!
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WolfKidz|Hobbyist Filmographer
Very nice

~rattata
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