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How to Draw Correct Bat Parts on Anthros by shorty-antics-27 How to Draw Correct Bat Parts on Anthros by shorty-antics-27
Here be a finished tutorial! For a long time I wanted to do a tutorial on bats... and little by little I've been getting more motivation to do so every time I saw a incorrect bat. IT WAS DRIVING ME CRAZY.

SO, if you're wanting to have a bat character (WHO IS COMPLETELY A BAT. NO HYBRIDS AND WHATNOT) then please draw the bat correctly. Look at references. Don't just guess. AND DON'T DRAW CANID PARTS ON A BAT. GRAAAAAAAHHHHH.
I also think I'ma keep the bat character I made up at the bottom. :'D I LOVE Lesser False Vampire Bats. They are so cute. <3

The photo is thanks to :iconnicovala:, and the original is here: [link]
(yes, I did get permission!)
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Skudde Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015   General Artist
VERY good tutorial! Your knowledge of bats really shows - impressive! :) I'll definitely keep this one in mind the next time I want to draw something with anatomically correct bat wings.
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Dynamoe Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
I like this, in fact, I'm BATTY over it! :giggle:

Seriously, it was nicely done and it's full of great tips! :thumbsup:
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marcey-d-adopts Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
very nice 
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Here are a few anthro bats I've made while looking at the anatomy of bats. taqresu650.deviantart.com/art/… and taqresu650.deviantart.com/art/…
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KimberlyGB Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Well, that will me help a lot! Thanks for make this! I just love bats (and wolves)!
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Lishadra Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Aw, heck yeah!
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MyLittleMuffinZ Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess you were being... batty
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marceydevimon78 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
i would like to saw awesome iv  never drawn a full  bat befor this is a good way can i use this  Babbit gif 
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RavenTheraphosa Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was very useful! I drew a bat creature and it came out looking pretty good thanks to you. It's more humanoid then bat but it's got planty of batty things
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shorty-antics-27 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
yay~
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KaitoShion95 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Now I shall attempt to draw my first Fursona ever... Camazotz! XD
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TheEbby Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Thank you for making this, it will be very helpful when I finally attempt my flying fox anthro. The problem I'm running into right now though is...how on earth am I going to put clothes on her when her wings are kind of in the way of allowing that? Do you have any suggestions? 
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shorty-antics-27 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You'd only be able to put things around the neck or you have to be super creative... or else you'll have to be unrealistic with the wings or just not realistic at all by making it seem like the clothes go through the membrane (which I hate when people do that, Looks so bad)
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TheEbby Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Mmm, that's true. Oh bats, why you make it so hard for us to clothe you? Welp, thanks for the bit of advice! :aww: 
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CJCroen Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This should be helpful! Thank you!
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DEAFHPN Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you I am having such a hard time with this ;d I love this!
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honeyandhemlock Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm new to drawing in general, and very new to anthros.  I was planning on my first anthro character being a bat, and planned to draw my bat with paws and a canid nose.  Now I'm thinking it might be a bat/cat because I really like how both animals look.  This is so helpful for the bat aspect and steered my in the correct direction so thank you so much! (Also thanks for saving me from having a typical and terrible oc)
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shorty-antics-27 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome~
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
YES! Someone who gets this right. This would be extremely helpful. I wanted to make an Anthro bat OC, and I know about Bat anatomy, but I didn't know how to start on actually drawing them. Now I'm trying to think of clothing (t-shirts can't exactly work if you know what I mean). I was maybe thinking of a Poncho-like thing. My favorite bats a Silver-haired bats (You can thank the awesome Silverwing series for that).
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Skianous Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn, I was just looking for some useful tutorials to help me draw my Vampire bat character ! Thanks a lot, it's just like you read my mind !

Awesome work on that tutorial by the way :)
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SpudYeisleyCreations Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This will be extremely handy. I've been workin on an anthro bat character, and she's....not exactly realistic when compared to this tutorial, then again I didn't design her based on any real bat. Based on this example I'd give her a realism rating of....3. I didn't give her dog feet I can tell you that, although I didn't know what kind of feet to give her because I couldn't find any good refs for bat feet, so they kinda look like clawed monkey feet... Her face was entirely stylized and kind of canid, but not enough to say she looks like a dog. I did give her a more humanesque body though, the only real thing tying her into being a bat is her armwings.
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RB9 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's quite helpful:)
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ScarletDragon18 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful! I'm learning how to draw bats, and this will help me do it right! ;)
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NixKat Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool.
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PhrogSpawn258 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A very helpful tutorial, and I'm sure it will help if I ever do get round to drawing an anthro bat. However, telling people what not to do in red seemed a bit extreme to me.

I didn't know about the wing vein, so I'm going to try and remember that. :)
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shorty-antics-27 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It's not extreme when you're wanting a 100% bat.
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PhrogSpawn258 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was refering to the method, not the information.
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Fetysh Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Love it! Dog-feet on a bat kinda drives me batty, as well... 9_9 *herpderp*
Thanks for the tips! I think I want to go try to draw a mouse-tailed bat now. :D
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Bronzewinged Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist
Amazing tutorial!
That "wing vein" was a thing I've learned today.
I usually base dragonwings a bit on bats even if I sometimes skip the membrane between the thumb and shoulder.
Bat feets are way cooler than paws.
I've tried to draw a bat anthro for an arttrade it worked fine due to being a mix even if some anatomy ended up strangely but that's quite common for me anyway.

I think I'm somewhere between palm and "bony lump" in how to attach the "wingfingers".

What is your oppinion on "elbow spikes" on winged things?

I really like your OC Pierce for some reason. Perhaps it's the fact that he does have actual genitals that just are there and not in your face. That's hard to accomplish.
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shorty-antics-27 Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Glad it's helpful!
I say hand-looks or the bony lumps work. xD

I do not like elbow spikes. They look ugly.

Thank you~ I try to make Pierce as realistic and animalistic as I can with also having him still have a "human" side to him. :3
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Bronzewinged Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist
Like this one: [link]. I realised that I need to draw more, especially wings if my OC Skimmervinge gets to decide.

I do not like elbow spikes either. It looks like they do not support the wing and the bending of the wing would be impossible or difficult.
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SpiritInSpace Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Student General Artist
NO FLUFFY
lol
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BeRabbit Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
XD Love it xD
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venom9999 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
cool
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GeekWayne Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! This is really helpful! :D
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TellMeWhatYouSee Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
This is perfect!
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X-Reddagger-X Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student Artist
<3 oh my god this will be so helpful thank you!
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shorty-antics-27 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You are very welcome! :3
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Slipping-Star Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Excellent. :thumbsup: But I still will have the two font fingers free and short, but higher up. Like I do with my birds.
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shorty-antics-27 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yer modifying! Which is fine. xD
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YuPuffin Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know what, I do have an old bat character sitting around who needs a revamp... this will be my motivation for her, then.~
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shorty-antics-27 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
DO IT DO IT DO IT
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YuPuffin Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okey, I have a sketch, I hope I did it right ouo [link] She's an evening bat.
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shorty-antics-27 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
She looks cute~
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YuPuffin Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So I did it right? Yay \(^o^)/ and thanks for posting this tutorial, it was a big help.~
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Bluecitrin Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
I really like it =) Chapeau I hope more people will follow your advice ;)
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shorty-antics-27 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I hope so as well. D:
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XylidineGriffin Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is great! It is so helpful! Something else I've been trying to find though, is how a real life bat walks on all fours. Like what part of the wing it walks on, how it holds its thumb, how its ankles and feet move. Maybe I just haven't looked hard enough.
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shorty-antics-27 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Here you go! [link]
:icnFledafiech: showed me it. :'D SO CUTE.

Here's a clearer video with the thumbs: [link]
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XylidineGriffin Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Omg, its ears!! Thanks! I had seen the second one and the first one is great!
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