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Digitigrade leg foaming study (in fursuits) by 10kk Digitigrade leg foaming study (in fursuits) by 10kk
FURAFFINITY FILE: [link]

This is somewhat a continuation to:
DA:
FA:[link]

Even though I am specifiying canid, this refference could be used for almost any mammal that have digitigrade legs.


The top two large drawings show the most realistic type of digilegs- the 5-piece. Which consists of frontal thigh, butt/back of thigh, lower knee, calf, and lower shin padding. Which, will create the most accurate form. The downside to using so much foam is that the suit will be hot. Thick foam does not breath.

- Now, the difference between top left and top right are the proportioning. Top right shows the common digileg proportioning, where the "shin" section of the digileg is much shorter compared to the "foot" section. (For a refference, your human foot creates the toes of the digileg). The top right dimensions are very compact, and good for young, springy "comic" characters. Whereas, the top left shows more realistic proportioning with the 5-piece foaming. (See top link for proportioning details).
(And yes, technically the entire front of the leg (thigh and lower knee) could be made into one piece like the 2-piece legs tend to be, however, I find the legs have better movement if you separate the knee.)



The bottom left leg shows somewhat and example of 2-piece and 3-piece foaming. Do not get me wrong 2-piece leg foaming can be done very well and look great although, it all depends on what type of effect you are going for in your suit. For the avereage person, I will suggest a 3-piece. Which consists of thigh (which comes down to under the knee), calf, and lower shin padding.

- The number one thing about legs that some people screw up is the placement/length of the foam pieces. For example, bottom middle sketch shows a bad foaming job (which unfortunately if fairly common) 2-piece foaming HAS potential! (2-peice being the most common type of digitigrade leg, consisting of a large foam piece for the thigh that will also go below the knee, and calf padding.)
YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE THE KNEE COMES DOWN FAR ENOUGH AND THE CALF COMES UP FAR ENOUGH. THE LEG SHOULD BE CLOSE TO THE SAME THICKNESS/WIDTH ALL THE WAY DOWN. (Except in the upper-thigh/butt area sometimes). Bottom right shows a good example of 2-piece foaming.


It's all about creating the right shapes.
Hope this helped, and remember guys, NEVER WASH THE FOAM; they are like big sponges and can deteriorate very easily. You need to make the foam either removable (and can be replaced held on just by the shape of the fur or my personal prefference: velcro/snaps), or you will just never wash it, which is kind of gross. FEBREEZE DOES NOT WASH! Dx
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AngieWilson Featured By Owner Edited Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*edit* (I read the comment now... I couldn't prior because of work and my lunch hour seems so short 8\)

How does one walk technically in the realistic digigrade legs? 
I read how it bends at the knees so my guess is that it's basically the same as one would normally walk? XD

I'm highly interested in making the realistic digigrade legs but those are my main concerns at the moment!

I pretty much answered myself there didn't I? LOL! :XD:

Thanks, by the way for making this! It answered a whole bunch on how to properly foam digigrade legs for me!
For the life of me I couldn't puzzle out how to do so and keep it anatomically correct... but this was the perfect answer! :hug:s

I appreciate it so much! ^_^ Sorry that I almost forgot to mention this before! O_o;;;
Plus I didn't know that bout foam! Thanks for that info too! I think I'll go with snaps on the inside... =3
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applewolf1211 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was my original idea, soon I ran out of fur fabrics so I have a tail, head, movable lower jaw, and shirt piece. (I still have enough to make gloves I just need time.
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KybatheHusky Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice thanks
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Rodoruko Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Student General Artist
nice

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TheRadishMeister Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
The ankle is something I've been struggling with, if you attach it to your shin, is its movement under the fur when you flew your foot really obvious? I didn't think you could attach it to both your shin and your leg otherwise the foam would tear, its seems no one wants to cover this in tutorials!
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XXSelfDestructXX Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
SO helpful!!!!!!!
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Tuhkasade Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for creating this, fursuits are my new hobby and I had some problems with the digitigrade look. I try to make legs that have the illusion but are still slender.
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totaldiscordfanatic Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks so much for making this reference. though, I do have a few questions.

I'm considering looking either to order one or make one, and the animal I want to use is a kangaroo. seeing how their legs go, would it be anymore different in comfort for that?
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10kk Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well, it could depend on how the character stands the majority of the time and if it's Anthro or Quad.
A kangaroo's dimensions are alot different, and I'm unsure at the moment how you could effectively do the legs... looking at other's fursuits.. it seems like it COULD work. (I found this example: [link]) For best results you might try looking into using leg stilts.
But let's see.. this is a quicky from me that might work:
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You might even be able to stretch the dimensions even more.
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totaldiscordfanatic Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much for the help.
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