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Feline paw studies by NadiavanderDonk Feline paw studies by NadiavanderDonk
Made these studies yesterday to not forget about the anatomy, thought i'd share. I always find the paw structure the most facinating part of the feline. How the claws is built to retract is just genius. Not the mention when a cat paw is without fur (like sphynx cat's) they actually look like fingers. [link]

My cat is always my model. X3
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Lunewen Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
great !! 
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dracoequine Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah... the way the retraction/extension of claws work is really interesting... *blinks* webbed toes?  *really*?.. I did *not* know that... which cat is that? or all they all that way?
thanks for sharing :)
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NadiavanderDonk Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well its not the kind of webbed toes like ducks. My cat has webbed toes.
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dracoequine Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd never thought of 'em as webbed toes before... huh
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NadiavanderDonk Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
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dracoequine Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see what you mean.. huh.. never though of it as webbing, but it totally looks like it :)
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NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool this will help a lot thanks!
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work, very helpfull :)
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:iconlemonlynx:
LemonLynx Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student General Artist
thank you so much for this!
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RanSerenader Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow, wonderful details! These might come in handy the next time I'm drawing felines.

This reminds me of that one time years ago when I decided to study and draw my sleeping cat for a change. I believe that is also when I discovered that unlike the front paws, feline hind paws only have 4 toes.
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Funkygame Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
wow helpful
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Aileea Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
This is really helpful.
I am fascinated by feline paw anatomy too.
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sevenxlives Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome!!! =3
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InS-aNe Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I just started following you guide, so I started on wolf paw anatomy, I guess this can help with my felines!

Thanks so much :hug:
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Reixma Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your anatomy drawings! I bought an artists anatomy book the other day so I can have a go. You inspire me! ^_^~x
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QtheXman Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist
YEESS!!
Now this is very helpful, thanks for putting it up!
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Sipper-Paws Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
So many awesome paws! ;A;
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grendyzer Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
thanks
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NobleCielPhantomhive Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Nice 8D For a min. I thought that this was a mechanic for a costume. XD
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ksavvyx3 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job on the anatomy. :) I need to practice this stuff myself, I'm sure this can help. :D
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SchweinGoth Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
nice sketches!
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NadiavanderDonk Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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SchweinGoth Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
:)
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LeoNoy Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012   Digital Artist
Those are pretty neat and inspiring C:
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BlackSheep6 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my, that's awesome! I love paws, think they're one of the cutest things about cats. Such tiny little pillows. With claws. -.- But still, I love them. :)
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Liminull Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
These are wonderful! I've always had a hard time trying to get a shape that looks more than just a stub with claws on it, but this really helps show anatomy a lot better! Maybe now I can draw something that looks like an actual paw.
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Nekochun Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
My Paw!
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Madelonetjj Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Hahaaaa furless cat paw <3
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RosiArts Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
I really love those studies. Normally i don't look that much at feline paws, i usually don't draw them. But since i have a character in a Lionlike shape...
Thanks to you, i lost my fear about the paws a bit. Your studies are good understandable and how you do them too.
I hope you don't mind me stalking it from time to time, seeking some help, hahaha XD
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Impaviid Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Niiceee! -w-d
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WHY-AM-I-STILL-HERE Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student Artist
AWEEEEESOME!!!!
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SukeSora18 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow~! This is awesome~! :heart:
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ffgirl10 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
helpfulness! cancoos!
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Vivienne-Mercier Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is really good! Keeping it in my faves for future reference.
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Libby987 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012   Digital Artist
This is pretty helpful, i never really knew how to draw paws like you did bottom right, although i was too lazy to research it.
So thanks!
And that sphynx cat paw is so weird.
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kasuka-chan Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Very cool and useful! Thanks for posting this! :)
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Spilled-Sunlight Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Brilliant! Thank you for this :)
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nomoniker Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
i want a sphynx so bad
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itachirox Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
thanks for the references :)
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ooValkyrie Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I've been practicing cats of all kinds and this helps a lot with the paws :)
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Fullmoonstar Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
They are really interesting. I bet that they will help others to see how to draw feline paws better:D Very well done.
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ScourgeFur Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Tanks for sharing this! :D I'm reeeaally bad at paws, so dis helps ^^ Also, you has a Sphynx kitty?! I love those wrinkly little cats! :D
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NadiavanderDonk Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No sphynx, just a standard tortie kitty. The photo is from a site x3
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ScourgeFur Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw darn XD I saw Sphynx and went all spazzy... They're so ugly but I can't help but wanna hug the little things! XD
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Mauvaiseloup Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student General Artist
This is awesome! No joke!
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caroline8267 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist
Amazing work!!!! :)
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Thorunn Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely paws! I always have the hardest time with drawing paws :(
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misterymorga Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To favourites.
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Ghostcub Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Epicness! :love:
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Little-leopard Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is useful Every time i go to look at my cats paws they get up and move. Probably because i'm bothering them :/
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