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Animal Anatomy - Cats Part 1 by akeli Animal Anatomy - Cats Part 1 by akeli
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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KoinuPuppy Featured By Owner Edited Sep 21, 2014  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 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This helps a lot :D (Big Grin) 
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Shadow-Toky Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  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 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE YOU
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Rasajna Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
This is sure to help me when I try drawing tigers, thanks!
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BlackRose38 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is sure to help me! THANK YA
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EnteGeminis Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Helpful tutorial!
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vizziebrr Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
man boobs

you made my day
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Rothest Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
"crazy man boob muscles." 
LMAO. Thanks for this!! 
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Candykitty90 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
COOL!!!
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