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« on: July 07, 2005, 01:14:18 am »
So, how many of you are familiar texturing fur with colored pencils? It's quite a challenge for me, and I'm wondering how you guys go about it in your own art, with pencils/markers or any other medium. Do you use photo refs or find inspiration from other artists? I personally love detailed shading in terms of fur both thick and short-haired creatures. Got any techniques to share?

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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2005, 08:41:46 pm »
red fox
lounging lion

I tend to make things jagged at the edges when I'm drawing fur, but let the coloured marks show the direction of clumps of hair within the body. Black paper really helps with this technique.


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two leopards

Sometimes, detailing just the outside lines is enough, especially with animals that have spotty/stripey fur texture.


tiger and fox

If you have stripes or spots, it's also possible to make the edges of those patterns shaky and wavy to give more fur texture. These stripes were done with ink, but black colour pencil would work also.



Whenever possible, use photo references from real-life animals. They'll give you some natural shapes to work with. Looking at other artwork can be nice for inspiration, but those artists have already filtered the natural shapes through their own mind and abstracted them somewhat. It's a distorted view of the animal's textures and patterns.




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« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2005, 01:22:21 am »
Yes, references are good.  I tend to get several different pictures of the animal I'm working on.  That way I can get an all around feeling of how light and shadow falls upon the fur.  I also have a tendency to do the fur in clumps--it's easier for me to deal with that way.  After I get the base fur (BTW, this is with prismas) I then add a sketchy layer for top fur.  

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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2005, 05:23:40 am »
FINALLY someone who explains how to DRAW FUR. I am greatful to you, and to wendell for the examples.
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2005, 11:05:01 am »
It's actually quite simple in photoshop.  After an area is colored, I have a special brush that I run over the furred areas like a hairbrush... such as in fenned girl's tail and ears.










Jagged edges work nicely, too.  Though if overdone, they look too wooly.




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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2005, 11:18:13 am »
I struggled to find ways to do realistic fur with colored pencils as well. Wendell's tips are good ones. ^_^

I also found the book: "Realistic Pet Portraits in Colored Pencil" by Anne deMille Flood to be really helpful. The main thing to building realistic fur is to use many many colors to acheive the final color effect you want and to use strokes to shape the fur/body. The book has step-by-step walkthroughs for lots of things, including realistic feathers and eyes/noses.

I wasn't able to find many good resources on the internet, but I'd suggest poking around Colored Pencil Challenge to get some general tips on using colored pencils. ^_^

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« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2005, 10:08:16 pm »
Thanks, Kaisilverfire. I have been fighting to make those pencils do what I want for years. I hope I can pass along some help to less experienced artists.

Sheeta, your drawing is juicy. I'm amazed at what you can do with Prismacolors. Besides, I adore kitties. 8o)>

Ulario, I might use those tips next time I Photoshop an image. It never really occured to me to use those drag brushes for fur. It looks neat, and your drawing is excellent.
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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2005, 12:42:12 am »
Thanks, Wendell!    I appreciate the comments.  I also adore kitties and hope to have time to get some more done in color pencil.  And yes, I will finish that lion pic. '<img'>

And Ryshen, you're welcome.  "It never hurts to help!"  *spoken in the Eek the Cat voice*

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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2005, 03:36:50 am »
Sometimes I use textures which I scan into photoshop and use the copy stamp to "paint" them onto my pictures.

This is a trade I did with Hockey Raven, in which I used a few different textures. The prarie backdrop is sweatshirt lining, which I've also used for fur, but you can really make it out in the online versions of those pics, so I thought I'd use this one.




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« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2005, 04:51:17 pm »
The only example I have of fur texture in colored pencil is this fox.

Basically, it's a whole lot of short lines that follow the direction the hair grows on the body. I've layered yellow, orange, red, brown, and for the shadow areas, blue and burnt umber.
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« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2005, 08:26:20 pm »
I draw mostly in black ink. So while I am outlining I tend to run the pen tip over the area in the direction or pattern i want the fur to go, then when i'm coloring in color in the direction of the marks made earlier. The trick to this is to make the marks have just enough ink to show up, because if you get it to dark it looks horrible. Sorry I can't post an example my scanner isn't open to me right now.




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« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2005, 10:13:40 pm »
My two cents on the matter are to not try and overkill the detail. You only have to suggest hair - that's it. Just imply it. And depending on whatever medium you are using - just find the techinique that works best. Coloured pencil is rater tricky seeing as personally I find it a very limiting medium. I also have to say that the easiest way to make hair is with a brush - probably because - bingo! a brush is hair!.
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