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NEW Fur Tutorial by Sidonie NEW Fur Tutorial by Sidonie
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At popular request, here is how I create my character images! Yes, it takes some time, but I feel the outcome is worth it.

At the last step, I usually resize to about 900-1000 pix wide, for nice viewing online :)

I used Photoshop CS and a Wacom Bamboo Create tablet.

Feel free to ask any questions, and feel free to repost so long as you link back to the original!

Finished piece:

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LouiseLoveSigge Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014   Digital Artist
Hi. I have looked on this fur tutorial and it looks really good. I want to try it out but I only have one problem....

I really can´t get those red arrows that shows you and example of how the fur can be.... The third step.... (the third picture) It doesn´t work for me.

I have photoshop CS6.... but I don´t know what´s wrong..... Would be glad if you answered me and maybe could give some tips on how I should do...... Or maybe someone else that sees this messages can help me? :)

Thanks in advance! 
PS: Anyway, except that I can´t get those arrows. I thought this looks like a really good tutorial ;)
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Sidonie Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh maybe I wasn't clear, I drew the arrows in to try to show you what direction the fur should go.  Does that make sense?  I was trying to give a visual reference for which way it naturally lays :meow:
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LouiseLoveSigge Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014   Digital Artist
I see.... now I understand...

And I read the text wrong too so I think that´s why I didn´t understood how you should to. XD 

But thanks anyway for answering me! ;)
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Sidonie Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome :D
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Lullivy Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
this is so amazing
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Sidonie Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  I hope it's helpful ^^
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Syber666 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're too gooooooddddd  ;-;
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Sidonie Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awwww, nooo, but thank you! :heart:
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Syber666 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
x3 You're welcome!!
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NicolaGianina Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome tutorial! Thank you!
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Sidonie Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome, I hope it helps!
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NicolaGianina Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It does help! Thanks again!
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WolfMote Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
looking forward for the next tutorial, hupefully youll add some tips how to make those eyes and noses :)
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Sidonie Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes I will add that ^^
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Renigaed Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just curious, do have an idea of when your anatomy tutorial will be coming? .O, I'm amazed with your artwork and struggle (heavily) with anatomy. >.<
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Sidonie Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, thank you so much! I am trying to get time for tutorials, just have been very busy this past few months! Hoping to make time soon though!
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Renigaed Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, thanks for letting me know, sounds great! ^-^
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romeo41 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist
can u make one for paint tool sai?
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Sidonie Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry, I don't have Paint tool sai :S I haven't used it before, but my friend uses it and I tried to walk her through the tutorial using it. Apparently there isn't a smudge tool on there, nor a dodge? But you can basically do the same steps, just with the PTS equivalent. I would recommend looking up tutorials on PTS, like how to effectively smudge, lighten, and create clipping masks. I found info on google by searching it :)
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DottiFox Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Paint tool SAI does have clipping masks. I mix SAI and PSE for the best of both, since SAI can save images as PSD images.
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Sidonie Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh thank you! Yes I really have never used it ^^;
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DottiFox Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem :D it really is a fantastic program.
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romeo41 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist
oh thank you :D
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Dang-dA-PointDonator Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
:boogie:This helped me a lot!:hug:Tankies!:excited:
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Sidonie Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh yay! You are so welcome! :D
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Kiriko-Windgeist Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the tutorial, I'm sure it'll help^^
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Sidonie Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You are so welcome!
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Xaralta Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
I've never thought of using triangles to map out fur clumps before... Super helpful!
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Sidonie Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D good! It's really all about shape and form when it gets down to it.
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NagareStar Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thankies!! i hope this works somehow with traditional works :P
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Sidonie Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ooh well that would depend on the medium. Some layering paler colours on top works, while some you should start light and work dark. Oil and acrylic one could use this technique just fine I think, while watercolours and dry media like pencil crayons one should start light and layer dark over top. :)
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NagareStar Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thankies! this is gonna be really useful! :D
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runningfreely Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist
YOU ARE THE BEST.
I've never undesrtood how to do fur well, all the tutorials looks so hard, but this one is perfect :love: I'm so happ, can't wait to try! :la:
Thank you!!! :hug:
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Sidonie Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D Eee! Thank you, and you are so welcome!
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runningfreely Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist
:hug:
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Shadow-o-Rabby Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   General Artist
#x-Wolf-Paws-x has chosen to feature your piece. This has been placed in our featured folder at this time.
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Sidonie Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the feature :D
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Shadow-o-Rabby Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013   General Artist
As usual your very welcome. We are honored to have your work!
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JulieSchuster Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a very nice tutorial! (: I always wondered how people went about doing detail like this, but when I looked at some other tutorials, the directions aren't as clear as I find yours to be. I hope I get to actually try this technique out some day!
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Sidonie Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ohh Thank you! I know that a lot of the tutorials I looked up when I was starting digital work always assumed one knew all about the programs, so I was trying to explain to beginners as well. I hope you do get to try it out! :D
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MADlSASTER Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So this is one of many ways to do fur :3

I think I will try this :3 Thaks a lot ;3
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Sidonie Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, your welcome, thank you! I'll be doing a realistic fur tutti as well, buy o feel this ones easier
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MADlSASTER Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love it a lot :] I will try this way for a gift for a friend xD
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Sidonie Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Woah, oops typos, I was on my phone ^^; Yay! :D
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MADlSASTER Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haahahaha xDD

Do you want to see it when it's done? :3
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Sidonie Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ohh I'd love to! :D Please show me
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Akante Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this is a fantastic tutorial, thank you!
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Sidonie Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Your welcome, thank you!
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EagleIronic Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   General Artist
This tutorial is great and very helpful, thankyou so much!
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Sidonie Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Youre welcome! Thank you, I hope it helps!
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