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Unique Animal Anatomy: Spotted Hyena by FOERVRAENGD Unique Animal Anatomy: Spotted Hyena by FOERVRAENGD
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Why am I doing this? I thought I was gonna work on my final project :V where did this come from? Oh gosh...

Okay, I was supposed to work on a monster design based on spotted hyenas, but after drawing all the "anatomy studies" I felt that it would be a shame not to share my notes to the rest of you guys.

It surprised me how extremely rare it is to find a decent guide in Hyena Anatomy, still I actually often sees many hyena-fursonas on dA. So I thought, what the heck, they deserve a little guide.

I might do more of these "mini-guides", but they will probably only focus on animals with a more unique anatomy. Or animals that has WAY to few tutorials about. And I wont promise a flood of new tutorials, these are only reference guides.

AND YES I will probably submit a tutorial about dinosaurs... ;)
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TRVvoidAdopts Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very useful for my half dragon\hyena creature.
aslinn1313 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is gorgeous and very helpful thank you
azurakittyartist Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i like hyenas :I
NixKat Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very interesting.
Echoklangx3 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
okay i draw a headshot for a friend i hope its god :/
freyalovesanimals Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
This is so good! Now instead of explaining all this information to people, I can just show them this!
Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This sure helps allot :) thank you :thumbsup:
ServiceDroneNeenee Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful and well explained :)
Dragon-lu-ver Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your tutorials! They are incredibly helpful, very clear information. I have noticed a distinct lack of deer tutorials....
paintswithcats Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012

I am a high school art teacher and I am taking some art students to the La Brea Tarpits this Friday. I am looking for some good examples on how artists use their understanding of animal anatomy and I came across you wonderful page here! With your permission, I would like to use part of your Spotted Hyena Anatomy guide, (the bottom section) as a handout for students, (with a copyright crediting your work next to your images). All of these students are advanced art students taking college level art classes. I could collect the copies at the end of the field trip if you like. There will be about 40 students going.

Thank you for your consideration in this matter! :)
Ms. PC
FOERVRAENGD Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
sorry for the late reply: it's totally fine by me! :)
DemonDaydreamer Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Whoa this really helped, thanks!
Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice, love hyenas
Voqaska Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Lovely guide :O
And yeah, it is amazing just how many people think they're related to the canines and don't get that they have nothing to do with the Wolf lineage. The untrained eye wouldn't think that the Hyena evolved from a kind of civet like creature.
Ebillan Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It might also be useful to note that when hyenas walk they don't walk like most animals. They will step with both of their right legs at the same time, then both of their left legs- rather than opposite front and back legs like most four legged animals c:

Great tutorial, everything's broken down nice and simple!
Carpe-argillum Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
I love Hyenas! Thank you for putting this together :D
PossessedPumpkin Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing reference. I've been looking for something like this for my character. Thank you!
DGChannel Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
This will be so very much helpful...
cupcakelover7 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this will really help me
Wolfercrow Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
this is going to help me out a lot. Gracias X3
hynec Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is helpfull for me, I like it, thatnks :D
tomasfourhorns Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
KetsukiNell Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for this tut. :3
trickybloodrose Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
ThankYouThankYouThankYouThankYouThankYouThankYouThankYouThankYou ;u;
First off, i love this. You have wonderful and very interesting notes here!
Also, i love your breakdown of their structures~

... oWo *is a hyena freak*

I might use this for my drawings~ <3 [if im allowed to.. >< ]
VIBEdog Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome guide^^
I was looking for somthing like this to help with my graphic novel~
ShatterdWindowStudio Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Cool. That's my favorite animal.
DrazziElder Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks, this helped lots with my comic.
FOERVRAENGD Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
no problem :)
Hucklberri Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
you spelled meerkat wrong
FOERVRAENGD Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
oh crap
xxTwinWolvesxx Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
I've been looking for one of these for the longest time. Thank you!
mankoneko Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
And they're very much group animals and they have been observed helping out and feeding members of the pack who get injured in hunts. They look a bit grody but I like them. :)
Dr-Aim Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Student General Artist
heh, there aren't that many good mini-guides on animal anatomy on DA, so it's nice to find some.
thank you for sharing your notes !
GuineaPigDan Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011   Filmographer
Thanks for all these useful anatomy notes. Huh, I never knew hyenas were more related to cats than dogs.
haimokochan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank You! :la:
kantayeni Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
We did just need this! Thank you for making it!
I hope many people will see this.
DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
YES! Finally someone took this up!
whatwazthat Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
thank you! Can't wait for the dinosaur one!
goldendeath00xx Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
thank you!!!
this helped me a LOT with my drawing, i could never get the body right untill i read what you said about the leg and neck mussles!!!!
SECRET-NINJA-SUPER-M Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011   General Artist
This is going to be super helpful! ^_^ well done and Thank you
Pain-hyena Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love hyenas, but i still suck at anathomy and other details...this one is very useful :3
FOERVRAENGD Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
just make sure to not give them canine-like anatomy and it should be a good start. :)
Anatoliba Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
It is very annoying that so many people draw hyenas with a wolfish anatomy or with a look like the hyenas from "The Lion King". Thank you very much for uploading this.

I :heart: hyenas, too. I'm passionate about them. *works on a hyena story*
FOERVRAENGD Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
You are welcome :)
Taliesiin Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I see a lot of pointy ears on hyena characters for some reason too. They have fairly round tipped ears from most angles. o.O
albaoaurora Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Hyenas! I don't really like them, but they are extremely cool. I'm really happy you made a guide; if I ever decide I want to draw a hyena, this will be handy! Now I want to draw a hyena.
Devinital Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you so much for uploading this! It helps alot!
FStop231 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Once again, you are amazing!
KittieKLM Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Hyenas are derpy. I Love them.
Skaramine Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great artwork, and one of my favorite animals!
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