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Redline for Star-Shade by whistlebliss Redline for Star-Shade by whistlebliss
Here's the finished redline for your wolf sketch, *Star-Shade! Let me give you a full explanation of the redline.

First, I thought that, for this pose, the most useful thing to do would be to use a skeleton as a reference! I fetched a wolf skeleton image on Google and started sketching one over your drawing. The things I noticed are:
1. The fore leg is a bit too... straight? It looks like it's missing the "wrist" joint, wich should be seperating the radius from the paw bones. I added the main leg joints in green on the redline, you can have some fun with them while sketching! Use your own wrist, elbow and shoulder to see how far they can stretch so you don't break your poor wolf's bones D:
2. On the hind leg, the ankle joint you drew is WAY too high. A wolf's ankle joint, as you can see on the skeleton, is veryyyy low. It's a small but important thing to remember! Also, the elbow and knee joints usually align (as shown in magenta), depending on the pose.
3. The paws were all a bit too big. Big paws can be a style though, it's up to you if you want your wolves to be realistic or cartoony.
4. This pose is kind of unusual for a wolf. The legs and paws are slighty bent forward instead of straight. To keep the posed balanced, I drew the left hind leg differently, like if it was 'pushing' the ground.
That's pretty much everything I spotted! The only "real" problem in this sketch is the legs. The head was already very nicely drawn and nearly identical to the skull, wich is very good! You'd just have to make it a bit smaller ^^ As for the eyes, these are also part of your style I guess so there's no problem with them. I added realistic wolf eyes in the redline but that's just for reference. The fur is also drawn at the right places, my only tip would be to make it less "spiky" and let it flow a bit more c:

Well, that's all I can say really! I hope it helped. Don't be shy if you have any questions, and do show me if you ever refine that sketch! I'd love to see the improvement.
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Star-Shade Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Wow!  Sorry for the late...very late reply.  Thank you so much for doing this for me!  I was looking back in my tutorials folder to see if I could find anything on legs and paws and I rediscovered this!  I am still having trouble with legs, and this really helped looking back on it.  My perspective is a little bit off.

Here is my improvement on the wolf, but the legs... >.<

I think I am also drawing the legs too thick and am having trouble positioning it.
whistlebliss Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Student General Artist
It's alright! Even I am quite late and inactive in the redlining group. I guess life just likes to make us busy, haha!

I definitely see an improvement on the head! The leg could use some work, though. Have you sketched using the joints? I'd recommend looking at a reference picture while sketching too c: Even if it seems pointless at time, your brain will at least have the image of a realistic wolf in mind and that might help you spot some anatomy errors.

I'd redline that drawing as well but for the moment I really don't have the time D:
Star-Shade Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
Awww, that is okay. ^_^  I understand.  Thank you again for the help!
blackrathmar Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Excellent redline and description! ^.^
whistlebliss Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks! c:
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