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TUTORIAL: Forelimbs and Hindlimbs for Dragons by SammyTorres TUTORIAL: Forelimbs and Hindlimbs for Dragons by SammyTorres
So here's my take on forelimbs and hindlimbs in which could be helpful for designing your dragon. I had a great time nerding all of this stuff and I hope that it'll be useful to you all.
I'm sorry if I didn't get everything illustrated or explained but if you'd like to point something out just write it in the comment section, I am ever so glad for some constructive criticism ;)

As you might have noticed I used a lot of images that I could find on Google. I do NOT own any of these images and I'm sorry that I can't credit them. I will remember to do that in my next tutorial.
And about my next tutorial I'll be focusing on scales, fur and feathers HOWEVER, I have some upcoming family business to take care of so it will be a while when you see the next dragon tutorial - but
I PROMISE that it'll show up eventually! n___n

Remember to go to my group: dcp-dragoncyclopedia.deviantar… and become a watcher so you won't miss out the upcoming advanced dragon artwork, hand-picked to help you with drawing dragons and dragon accessories stuff :3 I will be posting my dragon tutorials there as well!

Thank you so much for the feedback!
Love to all of you!!! *kisses*


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Mlp-CandyFilly Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015
This will be of great help. I've always loved dragons, ever since I was younger, heck I think it's fate considering I was born in the year of the dragon how crazy is that?!

Anyways, recently, I actually learned how to draw really well through pony. Specifically through tutorials from Assassin-or-Shadow who makes fantastic animatics with her sister TorusTheScribe 

Rambling aside, one day I wanted to draw something other than pony & I thought why not draw a dragon, but I couldn't draw wings or limbs well so I drew a water dragon instead. I'll probably upload it at some point. So this tutorial, & your others, will be of huge service to my drawings! :D
ShadesofFantasy Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The fact that you based the muscles off of a dog's muscles makes me want to slap myself.... this entire time I've been googling things like "Dragon muscles" and "muscular system of a dragon" and not finding a single thing, when the entire time I could have been looking at the muscles of a similar animal. *slams head into desk* This is why I look for these tutorials in the first place.
mangaroxs23 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Student Artist
this is sooo helpful! :3
Pseudosuchus Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Student General Artist
This is awesome! I've been looking for something like this for ages! Thankyou 
AkaneChoryu Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
god, your dragon drawing tutorials are perfect for my Draken Equines! :D
SageKorppi Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome!  Though I notice something I see in a lot of creature design that people ignore.  The wrist joint in a quadruped tends to be the same distance from the ground (or very, very close to the same) as the ankle joint.  In a lot of dragon art I see a short wrist and looong ankle, which you really only see in nature with rabbits, and hares, but when they walk bipedally, they still carry the wrist and ankle at similar heights.  Check out the deer, lion, and horse you have at the top of your tutorial and look at where the ankles and wrists line up.

Here's a better visual idea of what I'm talking about:…

Even in rabbits and hares, when they walk, the wrist and ankle are at about the same height:…

Here's a patas monkey showing the same theory:…

Maras have a bit of a higher ankle, but it's still pretty close:…

I guess, something I might add, is that the front and hind limb should be designed in relation to one another, not independent of one another.

Anyway, as a zoologist I think this is one of the best tutorials out there!  Really enjoying your tutorials!  If I nitpick it's only because I can tell you are interested in biological accuracy, and I admire that!
Strecno Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the hint C: that's really interesting and helpful! :)
SammyTorres Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Interesting, I never noticed that :D
Thank you again for this info :D I hope others will read it ;)
reinafawn Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome and extremely helpful. When I was learning to draw dogs, I also took time to learn to draw reptiles and horses, and a lot of that goes into how I now draw dogs. The anatomy isn't the same of course but it helps with learning musculature, bones, angles, and stylizing. :)
Jinxed-blacktail Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Thank you!!! I prefer to draw wyverns because my limbs suck, but now I finally have a useful tutorial :dummy:
SammyTorres Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Professional Filmographer
That's really good :) I'm happy to help!
buqianbi Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Great titorial ! Thank you!
SammyTorres Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
You're welcome ;)
MaerikDragon Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been waiting for this one!

I like how clear you make it, very understandable! I can't wait to use this!


Good luck with your family business!
SammyTorres Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :) Best of luck! <3
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