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Tutorial: Real Animal to Furry/Cartoon by FrostyWolfter Tutorial: Real Animal to Furry/Cartoon by FrostyWolfter
Hello! One of the things I struggle with is "how can I draw animals in my style without compromising their features?", so I decided to make a small method to aid me and thought it would be a good idea to share it. X3 For this drawing I used Paint Tool SAI, but it works on anyway other editor with layers, without further ado, I'll explain this method.

Step 1: Reference Picture


Well this is the easiest one in my opinion, first start by browsing an image of any animal you desire, personally I like to browse photgraphs of real animals but you can use other artist's work if you prefer. Despite being easy, it is the MOST important step, finding a good reference will dictate how similar your creation will be in comparison with the real thing.

Step 2: Basic Shape


Now that you have the reference you wish, start by lowering the opacity of the layer where your reference is. On top of that, create a new layer, draw only the basic shape of the animal and the eye line. If you have issues with simplifying the head, I suggest checking this little tutorial, it helped me a lot and inspired me to make one on my own(which you can see now... xp).

Step 3: Sketch


Reduce the opacity of the layer you created on step 2 and create a new one on top of that. On the new layer draw a more refined sketch of the animal, adding some detail like the important fur marking, nose, whiskers and ears.

Step 4: "Stylezation" - Basic Shape


Create a new layer then hide the layers created on step 1 and 3, leaving visible the one made on step 2. Go to the layer of step 2 and reduce its opacity, then on the layer you created on this step make the basic shape of the animal o the style you want. In this case I lowered the eye line for roughly half of the face, as consequence, I had to lower the nose. I also drew the eyes a bit larger, I find them more expressive and funnier to work with, specially if you want to go for a cartoon like approach or a cute style.

Step 5: "Stylezation" - Sketch


 This step is a little trickier as I used 3 layers at the same time. Start by hiding the layer created on step 2, now reduce the opacity of the layer created on step 4. Make visible the layer created on step 3 and reduce it's opacity, at this point you should have the sketch and the basic shape of your "stylized" animal. Create a layer above the layer made on step 4 and sketch out the animal, similar as in step 3.

Step 6: Refining


Hide all layers and leave visible only the layer made on step 5 and reduce its opacity, then make another layer and add the final details and touches to the animal such as the fur texture. Once you're done, hide the layer made on step 5 and you're finished!

This was my first tutorial ever, so I apologize for any errors you might have found. Hope you enjoyed! X3
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EldritchLJThurston Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Hobbyist
I knew I was missing something!!!!  Thanks :iconfrostywolfter: for making this tutorial!!! And thanks :iconnightshade-warroir: for leading me to it!!! :hug:
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FrostyWolfter Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
No problems bud X3 thank you for the watch! and glad you found it helpful. ^^ 
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EldritchLJThurston Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Hobbyist
I put it in my "guides" folder in my favorites :aww: Feel free to go take a look and you might find something you'd like too :)

Turns out it works on humans too!!! ^^.................................I tried it on my dad after doing a couple of animals which consisted of an exotic solenodon and the extinct entelodont...
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FrostyWolfter Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh alright ^^

and that's cool
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EldritchLJThurston Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Hobbyist
........Take your time :aww:

Of course it's cool!!! You made the guide!! :XD:
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FrostyWolfter Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Just because I made it, it doesn't imply it's well done xp
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EldritchLJThurston Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist
But it's still pretty useful for beginners or experts with artists block or just a learning mind :aww:

Oh yah and thanks for ze watch jah :D
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FrostyWolfter Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll take your word c:

No worries X3
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Nightshade-warroir Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016  Student General Artist
hey this is really cool ouo and its a very helpful tutorial ^u^ and the lines in the last panel are really neat too bro ouo


god i love the racoons expression in the photo, it looks so shocked |'D 
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FrostyWolfter Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much sis X3 glad you found it helpful! 

And yea, the expression is awesome XD
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Nightshade-warroir Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016  Student General Artist
your very welcome bro ^u^ and i certainly did, ill definitly be using it to help draw anthro critters ouo 

hahaha yes it is XD
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FrostyWolfter Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
oh? well... that's great to hear ^^
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Nightshade-warroir Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016  Student General Artist
You ok?
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FrostyWolfter Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure ^^
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Nightshade-warroir Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016  Student General Artist
Ya sure? o.o
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FrostyWolfter Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes XD
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