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Canine Paw Tutorial by Madixyl Canine Paw Tutorial by Madixyl
By Madixyl aka มาดีCanine Paw Tutorial. Created with a Wacom Bamboo CTH-470 Tablet in Photoshop Elements 11; Originally 7087 x 2268 px. © Since 2014


NB: This tutorial is extremely old. It will be updated after I finish high school in May 2018. Though, add to your +fav now if you find this helpful nonetheless! (◕ᴥ◕)
NBB: My old username on deviantArt and pretty much all of social medias was Lithroxid, hence the signatures and watermarks saying "Lithroxid" on this tutorial. Hug


NBBB: New, updated version of this tutorial has been made! You might want to check it out, but if this tutorial helps you more, that's of course just as wonderful. 
  CANINE PAW TUTORIAL + VIDEO by Madixyl



Add to your :+fav: if you find this helpful. If you use this to practice drawing paws, feel free to share your product of art in the comment section below – I'd love to take a look. 

Description of Tutorial

Please keep in mind that while this is tutorial is focused on digital tools, it can be applied to traditional methods as well. (◕ᴥ◕)


Sketch
1. Quickly sketch an outline of about how you want the paw the be formed. This means... determine its pose! You can also start with simple lines instead of drawing the outline to determine its pose and create something dynamic. 

2. Draw the claws. I like to start with the claws at once, as they can give the paw a whole new expression depending on how they are drawn (Where they "point").

3. Mark the "toes/fingers", and perhaps some muscles... You can go detailed if you wish to!

4. Add the dew claw! NOTE: Hind-/backlegs normally do not have dew claws.

5. Add the paw pads. Depending on the "physics" (pressure, etc.), the paw pads can be visible or not visible when the paw is standing on the ground. As you can see, I drew them visible.

Lineart
6. Lower the opacity of the layer of the sketch, but it has to be comfortably visible to the eye.

7. I created a new layer OVER the sketch, and began drawing the lineart. It's important that the lineart is clean and accurate.

8. The sketch is either hidden or deleted, and we got the lineart alone.

Coloring
9. On a layer UNDER the lineart, we can give our new paw a flat color of your choice.

10. Either if you want to draw a natural animal with natural colors, create your own unique character, or want to draw a specific character, begin vary the paw with some different colors. ^-^

11. Many would call this shading, but I don't. I would say this is making the paw look more "3D", or texturizing some fur. This is very primary! I chose a blue-purple color on a new layer, set on "Multiply". On quite low opacity, but the choice of color or opacity all depends on you and what you think looks best and right for the mood of your artwork. 

Shading / Painting
There are many ways to shade, and these are only three examples, out of billions.

12 a).The light source is coming from the left. On a new layer on "multiply", I drew the shadows themselves on the paw.

12 b). The light source is coming about from above, and the opacity is lower than from point 12 a). As you can see, I edited the color of the lineart! Be creative and find some cool things to do with your drawing.

12 c). Here, I deleted the lineart and painted the shadows instead. Lineless painting is something different from drawing.


Hope it was helpful somehow. Hm, this was supposed to only be a paw tutorial, but it ended up explaining more factors... like use of colors. Remember, this is only SOME ways to do things. If you experiment, you will find your own way to do things. Go with what that gives results, and which feels comfortable for you. The boxes to the left are important to read as well. Good luck, and thanks so much for your time. :hug:

Tutorial is made by me,:iconmadixyl: Madixyl. Do NOT re-upload.
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:iconaffyre:
Affyre Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017
Used this here sine I literally forgot how to draw paws. XDDD :la:

affyre.deviantart.com/art/Un-B…
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:iconjackburned:
Jackburned Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Amazing tutorial, thanks a lot!!
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:iconmadixyl:
Madixyl Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017  Hobbyist
Thanks a lot for the compliment, and you're very welcome! :hug: I hope it helps!
Big apologies for the late response!
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:iconwolforeoskittles:
WolfOreoSkittles Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you a lot, Lithroxid! It'll help me improving my art skills! Hug 
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:iconmadixyl:
Madixyl Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017  Hobbyist
Late response, but you're very welcome! :hug: I'm super glad to hear it's helping you improve your skills!
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:iconcyberarcher:
CyberArcher Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
im so glad i found this
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:iconmadixyl:
Madixyl Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Hobbyist
I'm so glad it could be helpful for you! :hug:
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CyberArcher Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Professional General Artist
:dummy:
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:iconmadixyl:
Madixyl Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Hobbyist
I hope you're having happy holidays! :,)
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:iconcyberarcher:
CyberArcher Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Professional General Artist
I sorta am :'D thank you <3
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:iconmadixyl:
Madixyl Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist
You're sure? : ) I'm very happy to hear so then. :hug:!
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:iconcyberarcher:
CyberArcher Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Professional General Artist
owo :hug:
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paviblack05 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice tutorial :D  
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:iconmadixyl:
Madixyl Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Hobbyist
Thank you so much for checking it out! :happybounce:
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Murasaki99 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I'm just trying to re-learn how to draw paws - I've been doing too many horses and not enough dogs/wolves/cats.  :XD:  Thank you, the sketching and stylization helps me a lot. 
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Madixyl Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist
My gosh, that sounds tough! xD It's quite the opposite for me – too many canines here, hihi. :giggle: You're very welcome, I'm sure that you'll able to, and thank you so much as well! ;u;; Wishing you much good luck with practicing. :)
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Toxic-Acid-17 Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i like this one better then the new one :/
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:iconmadixyl:
Madixyl Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist
Aw, that's alright! I appreciate your honesty, but I'm still just happy if you find any of them helpful to you. :) <333 
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Toxic-Acid-17 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, sorry if i sounded mean ^^ i didnt mean it meanly
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:iconmadixyl:
Madixyl Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist
You didn't sound mean, don't worry at all. <333 
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Toxic-Acid-17 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok thank you so much <3 
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:iconmadixyl:
Madixyl Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist
Of course! :hug:
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SparklyKing Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Its such a thorough tutorial!
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:iconmadixyl:
Madixyl Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist
You really think so? *_* It's wonderful to hear you do! I hope it was helpful as well! :hug:
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:iconzilvart:
zilvart Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
awesome!! will totally follow this when i learn to draw wolves or stuff:D
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:iconmadixyl:
Madixyl Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist
Thank you so much, and please do! I hope it will be helpful for you! ;w; 
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:iconzilvart:
zilvart Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
^^ I hop it will be helpful too:D
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:iconmadixyl:
Madixyl Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist
;u;
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Reithya Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for making this! Being a dragon artist, canine paws have always been a difficult challenge- this really, REALLY helps. Thanks again! :love:
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Madixyl Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist
No! Thank YOU. :D I´m ever so glad to know that it has helped you!

Best wishes to you for practicing.
:hug:
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musicpackwolf Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow I love you for making this...
Go once terrible paw makers!
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:iconmadixyl:
Madixyl Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist
;A;

Good luck with practicing. :huggle:
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:iconshsimu:
Shsimu Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Can I save it in my computer? :3
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:iconmadixyl:
Madixyl Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist
Hi there, I apologize for the late reply! Was on the mountain the last days. o:

Sure you could! <3 Good luck with practicing. :)
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:iconshsimu:
Shsimu Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
And not a problem! :)
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:iconmadixyl:
Madixyl Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist
Of course! I´m the one to thank you. :D<3
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TifaxxLockhart Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for sharing this! :)
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:iconmadixyl:
Madixyl Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist
Of course! Good luck with practicing, and thank you as well! c:
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:icontifaxxlockhart:
TifaxxLockhart Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh, thank you a lot :aww:
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:iconmadixyl:
Madixyl Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist
No worries!c:
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EerieWolf Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A paw tutorial! *fave* Huh? It's made by Lithroxid? It's been ages since I've said hello to you XD (and quite a few other people) so hey!
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:iconmadixyl:
Madixyl Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist
Of course it is. xD

It's alright, I'm really sorry I haven't said hello either. It's really hard with so much feedback to take care of and some personal stuff. ;w;

Hello there! How's going with you?
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EerieWolf Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm doing good, I had totally forgotten that I'd wrote that message. I wrote that two days before my old pair of headphones broke. During the absence of my headphones I soon found out that I need music to draw so I finally earned another thirty dollars and bought myself a pair however took me til two days ago to earn it then I had to buy them. 

Anyway, I don't know what I'd do if I were popular. I mean I would try to reply but if my inbox were to keep growing larger and larger every day, I'd have some problems.
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SaxonVoter Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Student
You have a really nice style! Realistic yet stylized. I want to be able to draw paws like this, I just seem to be stuck drawing them super simply and I'm too lazy to learn a new way... Hah.

Ah well, maybe I'll look into it in more detail next year in art school, when I can't use the excuse of "no time". :D
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Madixyl Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you so much for the feedback, you've got no idea how much I appreciate this. ;w; <3333

You can do it if you want to, never give up on it! It's absolutely possible. ;u;

So much good luck with everything you are going through. :D
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SaxonVoter Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student
Thank you! I will do my best to learn to do this. C:
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:iconmadixyl:
Madixyl Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist
:D
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Strabewy Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've seen the same tutorial in 13marisa's gallery
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Madixyl Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist
Uhm... o_o If you´ve ever seen any of my artwork uploaded elsewhere, it must be stolen or mistaken. =O Every single of my uploaded deviations are original, included this one. I didn´t even use references to make this tutorial. Soon I´m going to make a video as well.
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