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Fur and Eye Tutorial

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First off, I've gotta credit Starfinder for making the tutorials I used to make my photo-realistic work. Her website has tutorials with a similar style. I often point to her when people ask "how do you do that?", but her website's tutorial links aren't working sometimes (her tutorials are also much better and simpler to follow, plus she's got more experience doing this kinda stuff).
Second, don't use a reference photo and try to draw exactly from the picture. I look at several photos to get a good sense of the overall pattern of fur and shape of the animals or humans I'm drawing, don't look at just one picture. If you do make a picture that looks exactly like your reference, please post link of the picture you ref'ed from. It's artistic courtesy because photographers work hard to get the right focus and composition for their pictures.
Also, I rushed when I made this so there are several mistakes. I note them when they pop up and I try to avoid spelling errors.
Enjoy!
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Sagentas's avatar
SagentasHobbyist General Artist
Would firealpaca work?
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ShakaiAdoptablesHobbyist Digital Artist
Even though this might be really old it still works. Meow :3 
OkayamaYukie's avatar
are you using paintshop pro?
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FablePaintProfessional Filmographer
No, Photoshop. The technique would apply the same though
OkayamaYukie's avatar
ok thank you for replying ^^
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Lulu-WolfehHobbyist Artist
I just love it its so helpful :D By the way,next time put a bit mora shadding in the eye ;)
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FablePaintProfessional Filmographer
This is 7 years old.
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Lulu-WolfehHobbyist Artist
oh sorry :c
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MidnightshewolfHobbyist General Artist
Thanks this helps a lot! Thanks!
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FuchsiaTheWolfHobbyist General Artist
its great, far better then i can currently do. the only thing is that the snout looks a bit to long, but you probally noticed that already.
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Stormy-TigerStudent Digital Artist
I love this! I will put your tut to good use. :3
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elizziaHobbyist Digital Artist
this is really good, but the fur just doesn't look realistic. it looks semi-realistic. like a teddy-bear :3
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FablePaintProfessional Filmographer
Haha, yes well this is old as all hell. I like to think my rendering skills are better than this by now.
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lokkytaProfessional Digital Artist
im gonna star drawing realistic animals like wolves and big cats so this will help me a lot thanks xD
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Whiluna Digital Artist
Thank you very much for this tutorial!!!!It helped me a lot! :)
rosewolf700's avatar
I asked my friend How to draw wolf fur (She's not that good at fur neither am I) and she was like "Tile the fur, that's all you do tile the fur. I SAID TILE!"
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FablePaintProfessional Filmographer
oh lord, that's terrible advice! You couldn't get the right dimension if you did it that way. I'm a more hands-on kind of artist.
rosewolf700's avatar
She meant it in a kind of triangle tile I guess? But that's what I told her I was like"If I do this it'll look messed up!" so I'm glad I found this tutorial:)
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tiff13246Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this-is-great! just 2 questions tho. wat exactly do u mean go over the fur with lights and darks? do u get another brush and just go over it or something like dat? and also, how do u shade? (in th tutorial, like wat do u use)
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FablePaintProfessional Filmographer
light = lighter color than the normal color
dark = darker color than the normal color

you shade with a darker color
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tiff13246Hobbyist Traditional Artist
okay, thanks
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xXSchattenschmerzXxStudent Digital Artist
Awesome!
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xxAceCream Digital Artist
Could we have a download so we can see the words?
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FablePaintProfessional Filmographer
i can't change that feature, sorry. But if you do (ctrl) + (+) , it'll make the screen larger
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