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Fur Tutorial by ballistic-kitten Fur Tutorial by ballistic-kitten
Note: I apologize in advance--if you full-view this, which I do highly recommend, you will find that it is a rather TREMENDOUSLY HUGE file. By huge I mean a resolution of about 1200x1200. So it might take a minute to load, and you'll probably have to scroll around to look at all the details.

Anyway...

Yes! The long-awaited fur tutorial is here. It's not very thorough, I think, but...it was late when I created it and, sketchy though it may be, I think it gets the basic point across.

Keep in mind this is a tutorial based on Photoshop as the art program. I might try to make more later, for different programs.

Give it a try, and show me what you can make! And please do let me know if this tutorial helped you at all. ^_^


Art & Tutorial (c) ME.
Steal and I'll molest you.
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DamnedWind Featured By Owner Edited Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I tryed it, too, the result is not as good as your's, but better than before.^^ I haven't got the dodge and burn tools... I don't really know how to make the fur on the head, maybe you can give me some tips?
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AldebaranJewel Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you, I've been trying a technique similar to this without much success.  You've explained it very well, so I'm sure I'll get better results this time.  :)
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ReeWinter Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice tuto! I think (and hope :D) this works with the gimp, too
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TheShadowEmpress Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! Fur! Thanks for the tutorial. :D
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:icontheshadowempress:
TheShadowEmpress Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn. Attack of the dodge and burn tools... Don't have those.
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RobertRijkers Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
great...started doing dogportraits recently and the fur always gives me headaches...going to try this method and see how it goes ;p
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sseumdo Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank u~!
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Wolvenlights Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
First of all thank you for posting this tutorial! It's helped me sooooo much!
I'm posting a link to one of the pictures I'm working on using what you taught me. Tell me how I'm doing so far
[link]
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The-Darkness-of-Fell Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What if you're doing a black wolf character? Brown?
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GinnyW3 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Thank you so much for this tutorial! I used it to make my first wolf, though the fur isn't nearly as great as yours. Well, I am using a mouse, not a tablet...still, NO EXCUSE! XD I'll get better. Thanks again!
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KonoeitheWolfSpirit Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So pretty! My gosh, I love it! <3
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DanteSmilodon Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really simply and useful, thank you~
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ZShellArt Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks a bunch! you rock
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InterfectorFactory Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Is step three an new layer?
Meaning the highlights and the dark fur are not one layer, know what I mean?

It's helping me a lot btw ^^
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firagare Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Student General Artist
Ohh, I must try that! ^^
Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us! x3
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:iconrubyian:
Rubyian Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I used this tutorial to draw my Platypus if you want to see :)
[link]
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:iconrubyian:
Rubyian Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool thanks!
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LunaNightSky Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
[link]
This tutorial was very helpful! :heart: :hug:
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:iconmfarnstrom:
MFarnstrom Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
I'm using your method to touch up the fur on the werewolf in my gallery; I remember painstakingly trying to find a preferred method for making fur, but I ended up hating the end result. I'll let you know how well I accomplished the touch-up! :)

Thanks for posting this!
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Piffsheep Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this tutorial is absolutely amazing!
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MidniteWolf84 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
I try and try but my fur never looks like yours :( Maybe I'm doing something wrong...
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MidniteWolf84 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
Fave!!! This will help me so much I think :D Thank's a lot for doing this!!!
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Alexiel-chan Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
Wow, very good! Thanks for sharing!
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PaperTay Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
I shall try try this sometimes. XD Great tutorial! XD +fave
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:iconome-ga:
Ome-ga Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Student Artist
Just used this. You made my day! Thanks so much :)
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Melissaslove Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are you doing this with a tablet of with the mouse? :)
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MarkyVigoroth Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
(Why did I not comment on this?)

The tutorial looks good-to-follow, and I really like the ends results!
...now to try this when I can...
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MastaGnome Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
thanks, useful tips!!!
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DarkFaerieNyroc13 Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice. Thanks for doing this!
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shailyn2005 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:) this will help alot. thanks :P
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wolf-kunachi Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I accidently clicked the Request Print button. Ignore it please.
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BloodSucker33 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
Thank you :heart: This is really helpful ;3
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jacobger Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
hehe, 'Steal and I'll molest you!' .
No worries I won't. Nice tut although I didn't used it yet. (Failed a while ago with CS3 lol)
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HyperPanda Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
It didnt work for me... ;/ It looks like crap >.<
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LightingWhiteWolf Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
This is very helpfull,but I bet you use a tablet for it,don't you?
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ArkkySan Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
By far the simplest tutorial i've come across so far! This will be awesome.
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XxXjoannXxX Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009   Digital Artist
Okay, you've probably gotten this before, but will using the grey color as a base color work even if you want your wolf to be a very vivid color like bright, obnoxious red?
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ArkkySan Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
I think it could probably work with any color as long as you started with a medium color? I followed this tut and made my wolf (it's not very good), and he has red markings on his face. Basically I did the same thing as the tut, only I substituted the medium grey for a medium red.

Anyway, Thanks :ballistic-kitten:, great tut.
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XxXjoannXxX Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009   Digital Artist
Thanks. ^^ I'm going to try that.
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BrightLight43 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009   Filmographer
Make a tutorial on this, with open canvas!:D
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BrightLight43 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009   Filmographer
:cry: Still no good..... I never will be able to draw hair....:cry:
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NiennaVernet Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
wow nice!

I will try it out too!
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spicysnowflake Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008  Student General Artist
that is the cutest wolf EVA!
naaaw great tut!
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Wund3rz Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
thank you so verry much, this has helped me hugely, check it --> [link]
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:icondrift-angel:
drift-Angel Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
can I please have permission to post this tutorial in sigresource.com? with a link back to your DA?
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noirbriar Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008  Professional General Artist
Great tut indeed!
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Zaleiara Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2008
Very good tutorial! An easy and quick way to make nice fur is just what I have missed :)
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TribalTripleN Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008
this is very helpful thank you ^^
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DarkestHorn Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Student Digital Artist
i have only like 2 weeks photoshop and i know most tools but i cant find burn and dodge tool :(
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