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Anatomy of the leg: grand tour by Zedna7 Anatomy of the leg: grand tour by Zedna7
CAUTION: very dry language. That combined with walls of texts is deemed to be read slowly XD

This tutorial goes about the features of the legs that might prove helpfull when drawing. That includes the form of the thigh, knee and lower leg. It also explains why the leg looks like how it does ^^

I apologise for such a huge file, I wanted to make sure everyone could read it~ also english is not my first language, let alone the second, but bear over with me over that.

Thank you for viewing, I hope this was somewhat helpfull and comments are highly welcome.

Credits:
the two first pictures are taken from www.britannica.com

the very muscular legs are inspiried by www.posemaniacs.com and I'd highly reckommen that site if you have any trouble with any part of the bodies or just looking for a pose to inspire you :)
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Dolanna Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a very good tutorial. Keep up the good work!
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very interesting and beautiful work!
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Zedna7 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thank you so much :happybounce:
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NoobaNoob Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Whoa...so much info to take in! Thanks! Other "anatomy lessons" are more like step by step tuts but don't really give any info as to how/why.(sorry haven't read yet as i want to make a collection before using it) Thank you very much for this "tour"
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Zedna7 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it
I've been meaning on changing and adding the feets though, just didn't had the time yet.
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NoobaNoob Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
heh.
I think mebbe if you did add the feets, with the effort you would put into it, it'd be better to make it seperate.:iconmyaplz:
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Zedna7 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
hmm, you're right, I'll make a feet tour then :dummy:
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NoobaNoob Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
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EstrangeloEdessa Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is actually really helpful. Most full-body anatomy tutorials go over the leg very quickly - "There's a curve here, here and here! Now on to the foot!" - so it's really nice to see something so detailed. :)
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Zedna7 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm very glad you find it helpful, thanks so much for commenting~
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GrimildeMalatesta Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student General Artist
functional anatomy isn't correct. Soleus don't bend the knee, but just extend the foot, the twin only can move the knee, because it starts from the lower portion of the femur, the soleus starts from the tibia and ends on the heel bone. The difference between man and woman feet is not real, they're just two types of foot: flat and hollow, it does not depend on the sex, both man and woman can have both. And there are more and more many imprecisions like that. The drawing tutorial is good, but fot the rest, you should let somebody who studied those things make a better description, this one just creates confusion!
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Zedna7 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yes, the exact descriptions are not correct. I was aiming for those who don't know the anatomy at all, and wanted to show the overall form of the leg. Thus it needed a lot of explanation, and I was afraid people would get lost with all the exact details about the profund muscles.

About the foot, thanks for pointing that out, I'll edit that and add more foot types.

I was hoping that those who knew the anatomy correctly would know it's not a muscle tutorial, by how quickly I went over the muscles in the beginning. But I'm also aware that the title might be misleading to some, since I was aiming for the form of the leg, not the muscles.
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GrimildeMalatesta Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Yep, but since you're writing muscles, at least draw them correctly. You might find helpful A.I Kapandji's books rather than the Netter
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Zedna7 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Aight, I'll edit them a little, now that I'm editing the foot section as well.

Well I'll keep that Kapandji in mind. I wish I can afford to buy more anatomy books, but the books to my education (physiotherapy) is just a tad cheaper than for the law school :O_o: good anatomy books is a luxury I might have to save till I'm done XD
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GrimildeMalatesta Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student General Artist
here it is for free [link]
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Zedna7 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow, it looks great! :iconmonkeyloveplz: thanks so much :iconcocoglompplz:
It'll help me when I'm doing the back, and later on the shoulders ^^
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TheInkAdept Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Very well done and useful for artists who need a little help. I just have one complaint about your generalization of female/male feet: the only noticeble sexual dimorphism in feet is a variation in proportion. Foot arches, just like wide feet/narrow feet, are mostly individual characteristics. It is also worth mentioning that flat feet are a pretty common medical condition, not a dimorphism, that actually most commonly affects children and women over 40. Pes cavus (high arch) on the other hand, are a moch less common but severe condition.
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Zedna7 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
aye, thanks for pointing that out. I must remember wrong, can't find what I've read in the books.
I'll edit the description and add more foot types, thanks for the advice ^^
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TheInkAdept Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
No worries! :D
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Usagi-Himeko Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice tutorial XD

My feet isn't arched at all XD it's flat XD
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Zedna7 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
aye that's my mistake. Thought I read about the arc more prominent at women, but can't find that now XD I'll edit that and add more foot types. Thanks for commenting ^^
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Usagi-Himeko Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome X)
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Rhavkoress Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just what I needed because I can't draw legs. :D
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Zedna7 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yay! :la: I'm glad it you find it of some help :squee:
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