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Offline Karp!

Help me out?
«: August 30, 2009, 01:37:32 PM»
So I've got this walkabout I'm working on. I'm pretty happy with the walking positions so far, but the sitting position...It bugs the shit out of me.

Could someone help me out?



Re: Help me out?
«Reply #1: August 30, 2009, 02:11:32 PM»
You seem to be drawing the limbs with more... for lack of a better word, "human" anatomy in mind; the points at which they join the body seem to flare out, while in an animal with a structure like the one you're drawing, they'd be rather flush with the body in comparison.

There's no real life equivalent to what you're drawing, but it helps to look at a close approximate to get ideas. Try this tutorial:


Google also has plenty of images of dogs that fit close to the pose you're looking for:


Something about the anatomy is distinctly canine, but if you want to attain a more traditionally reptilian dragon, you might want to look to other artists' renditions for help as well:


The smooth roundness of the limbs suggests more skin and fat than the sharp scale and muscle that you commonly see on European dragons.

The perspective is aligned better than most feral avatars I see, but there are a few errors. Check the alignment of the feet.

The shading's also pretty weak. Try using more than three shades. Define the form of the figure before you try to add the texture of the scales; you can always do that after the fact, but it tends to look flat if you dive right into it. If you're not already doing it, I'd also suggest doing all of the skin and areas of similar texture in the same remappable shade, and then adding markings later.

Offline Heimdall

Re: Help me out?
«Reply #2: August 30, 2009, 02:41:44 PM»
What Matter said. I also want to point out that the tail looks paper thin. If it's supposed to be, then great, but if it's supposed to be thick and round, you need to shade it appropriately and tweak the remaps so it looks more round. Right now it's like the orange is the top part of the flattytail, and the white is the underside, making it look like a curled piece of paper.

Offline Karp!

Re: Help me out?
«Reply #3: August 30, 2009, 03:31:00 PM»
Right, it is supposed to be flat. Though, I think I'm going to change it and give it a fluffy tail or something, cause I don't really like how it's looking. Anyways, thanks for the help, I've reshaded the standing position and fixed the limbs a bit, and it's looking much better, atleast in my opinion. I'm probably going to just go ahead and redraw the sitting position.