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I have done a modelling course making a dinosaur and am now practising making my own.

The course made the leg and attached it to the body as shown here. It involved rotating the edge loops quite a bit until they could be joined to the body's edge loop cut out for the leg. This process was rather clunky in my opinion.

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While making my own model I went to see what others are doing for this step and I found this video (at 3:38) where instead the modeller just extrudes part of the body's faces out and then extrudes the bottom part of that new protrusion down to make the leg.

This creates 2 very different topologies, and I cannot tell which is better. The second method is a lot easier to do as it involves a much easier to manage topology, which in my book is good.

What are the pros and cons of these methods other than ease of use (the only thing my novice self has encountered)?

Just as an FYI I am modelling and rigging to practice making a small game, so I am also looking to animate these models.

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I have modeled many dinosaurs myself; I started out using the approach you're saying the course used (and that approach is still valid), but I have come to prefer the approach used in the youtube video; I just think it better compliments the shape of the hipbone, which you can see a 3D recreation of here:enter image description here.

The former approach will lend itself to making that whole area more smooth (as you can see in the image you attached), whereas the latter approach lends itself to giving more definition to that hipbone shape (see how visible the hipbone is in this still from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom)enter image description here

It makes it very easy to have edge loops actually following (and thus better bringing out) the curvature of the hipbone; organic modeling is all about having the topology flow with the forms you see in the shape.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for your comprehensive response, so the important take-away is to learn to understand the edge loop flow for the style you would ultimately want to go with, that makes sense and will take some time and experimenting to learn. Thank you again :) was very helpful. $\endgroup$ – Fiztban Jul 12 at 12:15

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