Leopard Anatomy Drawing

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STEP 1. Skeleton - I'm going to dissect this cat anatomy from bone to flesh. Let's observe the skeleton of a basic generic cat. Notice how the bones of a cat aren't as complex as say a human. Though this isn't an exact replica of a feline skeletal structure, it's a basic layout of what it generally looks like. The shoulder bone is the largest bone on the cat. Also note that a cat's bones are very dense to aid in their performance of running. It would be pretty helpful to use these diagrams for future reference if you'd want to 'zombifiy' a cat, or need a feline skeletal reference for a gory scene. Whatever the use, study various poses and angles of these creatures in a skeletal format (which may be difficult since Google is rather limited with things such as that). Having a wide variety of references is crucial for a successful artist's palette.   STEP 2. Organs - Here's a simplistic breakdown of a feline's organs. Notice there isn't much here, just the basics. This reference would be great to use if you're drawing again, gory scenes or some sort of macabre which requires references of feline organs.   STEP 3. The Muscular Anatomy - Here's another breakdown of the muscular components that dress the cat. Study all the various tendon discolorations and the way the muscles intersect with one another.   STEP 4. Again, we must understand why a feline's head is shaped the way it is from the inside out. Here, I dissect the skull of a cat, and show you the teeth and the way they are formed. The upper jaw always overbites the lower jaw. If you ever stretch open the lips of your kitty's mouth, you'll see that the upper teeth overlap the bottom and that they are quite sharp.   STEP 5. Here's a lovely breakdown of the paws as many artists aren't aware of how the paw should be structured. Remember, a cat's claws are retractable, therefore, they are hidden within the paw, with only the tip of it seeping out, unlike a dog, where their nails are constantly revealed. If you're going for a realistic approach on drawing canines, it would be wise to reference various types of paws at Google Images. An artist's greatest weapon is reference!   STEP 6. A leopard's spots are pretty tricky to draw and sometimes, a lot of artists get confused as to where to place them and how they should taper. As the surface of the leopard gets smaller (like the face for example), the spots will start to taper smaller in size. The largest size of spots will be biggest at the major parts of the body (like the chest, legs and forearms).   Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6.