Sunday, January 9, 2011
SATYR (legs Day 6)
Adaptions of Unguligrade legs for the human torso by Mark A. Dennis
Lets take a look at goat and other unguligrade (mammals which walk on their toes) leg structure. For those of you who are following and sculpting Digitgrade (mammals which walk on the digits and balls of the feet- ie: werewolves) legs, you will need to do your own research.
Don't ya just love those big words?
See how the bones correspond. We have the same number of joints but they look different because the horse/goat walks on its toes like a ballerina.
I have sculpted a mini-leg to show how the muscles would attach on the real satyr leg. I get to make this up based upon the actual mechanics of a real leg because no one has yet to dissect a satyr leg and publish his or her findings. Ground-breaking science here, eh?
I am using a human femur which is in proportion to the upper leg of my male figure. This fits against an adaptation of the goat tibia which I have shortened to look really cool. Note the kneecap.
The tibia sits into a joint at what would be our ankle. There is a spur of bone coming off the back which would be a human heel.
Think of the next bone as a long toe bone which buts up against the smaller bones of the toe. The last section of the leg is the toe nail or hoof. Make sense?
White clay-tendons. Blue clay- muscles.
The muscles on the front and side of the tibia control the forward motion of the lower leg.
The back of the leg has two muscle groups which run together but operate different bones. The first is shown here. It is a muscle which attaches to the tibia and runs over the heel then all the way to the tippy-toe to control the position of the hoof.
This image shows the top or front muscles attaching over the front of the knee.
WHERE ARE YOU GOING WITH ALL THIS?
Now you can rejoin us with our sculpting project!
Our finished sculpted legs with all the bulges, bumps, and lumps.
Most of the leg will be covered in hair.
When next we meet, the final details before curing our satyr.
Have a great day!