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Tips for drawing fur?

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laylazer Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm relatively new to digital art (been interested for a while but just got my first tablet) and I've got the basics down I think. I just need to figure out fur. I don't really want to spend ages drawing tiny individual hairs.
So, how do you draw fur? Tips and tricks would be much appreciated ^__^
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achipps Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use one of two brushes in Photoshop. The variety of speckled brushes and the brush mode Dissolve. It makes splattered dots I can smudge, but that lacks details I just add in with the speckled brush and a fine brush for more details.
I don't think it is has a lot to do with details as it does with hair directions and stroke appearance. You can do it the hard whay or you can create a style of doing the same look.
Pixels create an illusion that looks right. How you get that is up to you, but for me, the easiest way is quicker and it does the same thing. The only difference is experience.
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Tygry Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
It's hard to gauge your style with only the single piece but if you want simple, cartoon-style art, simply adding some texture through simple highlights/shadows in the fur itself is enough to get the point across.

Here is a hair tutorial (cel-shading) that demonstrates the effect:

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It can be as blended/angular/etc. as you want.

For anything more detailed though, it really is worthwhile to work in more of this fashion:

[link]žion=&global=1&q=fur+tutorial#/d4rzhwt

The more time you spend on it, the better it looks.
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laylazer Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you ^__^ this helps.
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Tygry Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Can't even link tonight. . .
[link]žion=&global=1&q=fur+tutorial#/d4rzhwt
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Lovely-Words Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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laylazer Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks you :D
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Pyxelle-art Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Probably the best (although not the fastest, unfortunately >.<) is to just get in there are start practicing lots and lots of fur from reference (or life, if you have a fluffy pet or furry jacket or something).
Otherwise, searching up "fur tutorial" might give you some interesting ideas for what technique you want to use ^^
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Pyxelle-art Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
I would mention, I don't think every strand is necessary unless you're aiming for a hyperrealistic macro look. A lot of artistic decision is put into translating the literal visual information into a 'readable' format.
Sir Edwin Landseer likely did not set out to paint every hair on these pups (although he could suggest texture with brush techniques), but I don't think anyone would mistake the dogs for being anything but furry.
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The further you get into impressionistic or symbolic styles, the less important "every strand" becomes, and instead the "idea" of fur takes it's place.

A skin tutorial also once mentioned, and it is usually true, that texture done in the highlighted regions can give the impression of an overall feeling of texture.
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laylazer Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
If only my cat would stop being insane long enough for me to draw him...
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Pyxelle-art Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Isn't it always the way with cats ;-; Maybe you can sneak up on him in his naps XD
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