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Here’s a piece I forgot to upload from Last Year.

It was interesting trying to figure out how to portray a digitigrade creature climbing a rope ladder. But, in the end I think I made it look believable.

Hope you enjoy.

Mechanical Pencil along with Black Felt and White Gel pens on Parchment paper.
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emimartinic Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
la in love 
OniVrask Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Anyone else reminded of that song Wolves of the Sea?
KristopheB96 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I can see how that position of the leg would have cause you trouble! Though, I'm not surprised you managed to pull through it. :)

Very fine in detail, and the workmanship of the piece was very well thought out.
kantuck-nadie Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Another incredible illustration, Russel! I thought about what you wrote on climbing ladders and such. I can see that having hooves could also be detrimental at climbing ladders unless there was some part of the foot that bends and is flexible. Then it may be very uncomfortable to put that much weight onto that part.
RussellTuller Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.:)

Well, as I stated above I’m sure I could find a way to make it work. But I think for the most part, any ungulate or snake race I’d create would not be a seafaring one. Though this does not mean they couldn’t get help from their allied races who are to transport them across the seas. Its more interesting that way anyway right?;)
kantuck-nadie Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Yes, the hooves will make it very difficult to do. I have thought before however, that at times hooved anthros may need a special shoe for walking on some areas but I have no clue on how that would be done. Icy or slippery areas could be made with a pad of grittiness (say a piece of asphalt shingle from a roof) but how to use a ladder? Now that's more difficult :)
RichTheWolf257 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah! You see, this is why I and so many others perferto give our anthros larger paws. Larger surface area makes it easier to climb rope ladders-- or any ladder for that matter --and pretty much anything else in general.

But that's my style, and you're entitled to yours.

Still, Its pretty good!
RussellTuller Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well actually, any anthro creature who isn’t an ungulate or a snake would not have much trouble. There is a space between the paw pads which could cup a rope which I tried to portray in this drawing. It would pretty much give the same or better effect of a human’s toes or fingers in such a scenario.

Hoofed animals on the other hand, may have a problem, but I’m sure I could design some special horse shoes which could catch a rope or design a race specific ladder much like a step ladder with steps wide enough to accommodate hoofed feet.

I’d imagine Snakes wouldn’t use ladders at all and just climb using their bodies similar to their animal counterparts.

I love speculating about such things! It creates so many inspirational ideas. :D
RichTheWolf257 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm happy to be an inspiration to you!
BadFoMo Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Call me weird if you want, but I just love the way you portray these anthropomorphic characters (the canine ones mostly) and their digitigrade footwear.
wolfofficer Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
now all we need is captain JACK SPARROW
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