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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.


Yes! The long-awaited fur tutorial is here. It's not very thorough, I think, 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?
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.  :)
ReeWinter Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice tuto! I think (and hope :D) this works with the gimp, too
TheShadowEmpress Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! Fur! Thanks for the tutorial. :D
TheShadowEmpress Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn. Attack of the dodge and burn tools... Don't have those.
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
sseumdo Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank u~!
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
The-Darkness-of-Fell Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What if you're doing a black wolf character? Brown?
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!
KonoeitheWolfSpirit Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So pretty! My gosh, I love it! <3
DanteSmilodon Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really simply and useful, thank you~
ZShellArt Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks a bunch! you rock
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 ^^
firagare Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Student General Artist
Ohh, I must try that! ^^
Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us! x3
Rubyian Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I used this tutorial to draw my Platypus if you want to see :)
Rubyian Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool thanks!
LunaNightSky Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This tutorial was very helpful! :heart: :hug:
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!
Piffsheep Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this tutorial is absolutely amazing!
MidniteWolf84 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
I try and try but my fur never looks like yours :( Maybe I'm doing something wrong...
MidniteWolf84 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
Fave!!! This will help me so much I think :D Thank's a lot for doing this!!!
Alexiel-chan Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
Wow, very good! Thanks for sharing!
PaperTay Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
I shall try try this sometimes. XD Great tutorial! XD +fave
Ome-ga Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Student Artist
Just used this. You made my day! Thanks so much :)
Melissaslove Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are you doing this with a tablet of with the mouse? :)
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! to try this when I can...
MastaGnome Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
thanks, useful tips!!!
DarkFaerieNyroc13 Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice. Thanks for doing this!
shailyn2005 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:) this will help alot. thanks :P
wolf-kunachi Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I accidently clicked the Request Print button. Ignore it please.
BloodSucker33 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
Thank you :heart: This is really helpful ;3
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)
HyperPanda Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
It didnt work for me... ;/ It looks like crap >.<
LightingWhiteWolf Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
This is very helpfull,but I bet you use a tablet for it,don't you?
ArkkySan Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
By far the simplest tutorial i've come across so far! This will be awesome.
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?
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.
XxXjoannXxX Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009   Digital Artist
Thanks. ^^ I'm going to try that.
BrightLight43 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009   Filmographer
Make a tutorial on this, with open canvas!:D
BrightLight43 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009   Filmographer
:cry: Still no good..... I never will be able to draw hair....:cry:
NiennaVernet Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
wow nice!

I will try it out too!
spicysnowflake Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008  Student General Artist
that is the cutest wolf EVA!
naaaw great tut!
Wund3rz Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
thank you so verry much, this has helped me hugely, check it --> [link]
drift-Angel Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
can I please have permission to post this tutorial in with a link back to your DA?
noirbriar Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008  Professional General Artist
Great tut indeed!
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 :)
TribalTripleN Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008
this is very helpful thank you ^^
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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