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Drawing legs by moni158 Drawing legs by moni158
Drawing legs practice... :iconimdyingplz:

If shoulders were giving me grief...legs are just no comparison...

Damn the goddamn knee is so complicated...well not really but I spend too much time avoiding stuff I find hard... I need to kick that bad habit :spank:

I've learnt a few things.. mainly about the structure of the knee cap and how the muscles/tissues connect to it.

( done on paint tool sai )
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Ella-Does-Stuff Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
leg intensifies
ThatWildArtist Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I bursted out laughing when I read this. :D
Ella-Does-Stuff Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
KoutaSano Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sorry caps lock 
Wondermoon Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Student Digital Artist
lel legs
Mummers123 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 25, 2015  Student General Artist
Drawing limbs ARE really, really hard. I should know.
SilvueWolf Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Student Artist
Necessary, yet evil.
Whitelili123 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
NikaSaumi Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! that looks great - I am still avoiding this :/
Shadowstar1021 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you even "knee" like that?????
Okeki Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
see, for me, legs are not the problem. Legs are fun :D

hands. hands are the problem :ohnoes:
Bizarroghoon Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These are helpful! I have trouble with the legs as well.
AuroraLaLune Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Would you believe for me when I want to draw realistically its the feet that give me trouble? Hands are meh... but the feet are pure freaking hell. I can still do so don't get me wrong but... its hell. I don't exactly do feet a lot in any style so... its not really surprising to me but... yeah. I figure that might help you feel better about having trouble with legs. The one from the back looks a bit off by the way. your technique is good... its just the anatomy of it is a little off with the execution and some slight stuff with the shadowing/highlights as far as where and how deep/how light they are. Honestly though, your very good so I don't see anything you can't probably fix relatively easy. the one bent from behind as if sitting with the knee towards front is your best in my opinion, its the closest to realism, which is what you seem to be going for with this practice. The two legs standing are good but no transition where the legs transition from thigh to buttocks... so its just leg and no buttocks and none of the transition that goes with that in the legs either. otherwise its all very good sans the obvious lines but... Ive seen some of your work. I'm sure you left those their on purpose and could have easily cleaned them up if you so desired, it probably just wasn't the point of the excersize. 

eh... the one i thought was from behind... is that from the front instead? It would make a slight bit more sense but still need some work if well... from the front but if thats the front the part you did the knee as would be more accurate as the part behind the knee. The knee isn't very defined and the knee cap stops lower... the way its done though would be great for behind the leg, the back of the knee with the way the muscles pull in and whatnot, with some very minor adjustments it would even be perfect. That muscle in the lower leg doesn't typically stick out so defined though unless your leg is pressed down on something, its one of those 'environmental impact' things, like if your sitting or laying down and your leg is pressed in that direction things shift how they appear that way. Someone standing however wouldn't be that defined though it still might stick out, it just would not have so much shadowing. The transition is smoother when standing if its even obvious at all. If its from the front the upper leg is better but also, too deep in the shadowing... and your missing some transitional muscles that are relevant both to the leg and how your thighs transition to the rest of the body. The irony is thats the closest one in color to being realistic in color tones to how a persons shade of real skin might actually look like. Thinking about it... the knee wouldn't be so bad if you were drawing a leg that was bent a certain way and looked at it from your own perspective. Did you do that off your own leg? That would explain most of it, i mean... most people can't see the transitional muscles on themselves and whatnot... so even that part would make sense if you just had straightened out your leg on the bed or floor or something and used it as a sort of model. 

Let me know if my critiques were... unpleasant in any such was or simply unwanted. Personally though, I don't think it will take you much work to get those looking so realistic its scary. :) And don't worry about the color tone comments... im like the opposite of tone deaf with colors. Ive always been like that, where I can discern the slightest variation others might not be able to with the naked eye. The trade off is that I have to blow things up on the computer or stand really close to a traditional painting or drawing to actually see it, not the colors... just... just about everything else, oh and light sensitivity. I have a light sensitivity from freaking hell... but if I turn down the brightness on my screen anything I do ends up looking more flat than it was actually painting... because looking at it on a regular screen... it ends up too bright or more like a cartoon... when on a darker screen it was fine. So... don't feel bad if by chance you do, you will be outstripping the best in the industry in no time at all if you keep it up the way you are. 

Anyway, I just randomly saw that and had to take a look and let you know it was awesome, can be improved on but... still awesome. :) 

Cytoscourge Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you talk a little bit about your coloring process? I think that would be very helpful! You're so good!
GalaxyCartoons Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that one in the middle almost looks real! Great job :)
DivinityEclipse Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
This is amazing <3
SEwingless Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This is really useful
jonnyrosebush Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
nice one, also struggling with anatomy too, just on the 3d side of thngs though, but great work.
katewind Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
VintageAnnihilation Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks to your practices, I have improved so much in my artworks; thank you!
iranmct Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Student Interface Designer
 helpful! Thanks 

ann47 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014   General Artist
this will be useful for my practices of legs .thanks:)
ValkyerieDminor Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for this!!
AlexDiffin Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014   General Artist
just beautiful!
littlesugarcat Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's so great!
Thanks for sharing! :D
AmoraDesu Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Thanks!! :D
DiamondArkAngel Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is really helpful! Thanks :iconiloveitmoreplz:
Yakurine Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Thanks for the explication !!  :) (Smile) 
CoCoM4n Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
you are the man these will help so much
yannashuach Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
I like the realistic colours :)
Feeling-Kitsune Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
aasfhdsd thanks so much for these ;-;
PKMNTrainerKitSilver Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're amazing, thank you so much for the references!
SlayersXfan Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
leggssssss D:< I need you!
raymundhd Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Thumbs up!
Ajl98 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
stealthpanther Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
thank you for this! I suck at legs!
MangaKingNino Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Student General Artist
SparkleFairyMangoFsh Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Student General Artist
you're color & shading are so amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:iconilavplz:
Keabun Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
Ohmygosh this is the drawing that introduced me to deviantart :'D
Crubitz Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Indeed the knee gives me problems and since I'm leg man as well I have to master drawing legs.
DashawnB Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alice-Shinigami Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
O.O Real....they look real.
MostachinXD Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Nice! Check this [link]
PolarBearSam Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Wow dat shading O.o very very nice.
Violeteu Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You make it seem so easy...
TheBlondPug Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the shading on the muscles
shadow-paint Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Wow! Knee drawn great! Very good lesson and a great job! :clap:
Awakened5 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thanks again
Synaesthetic1 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
hmmmm, good anatomy is good.
ivee71 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Im good at the feet legs but the only thing im not good at it the knees easiest for me is the feed god i love drawing feet
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