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Been promising to do this for a while, and finally managed to do it (and replace my horrible old fur tutorial which might be still floating around the web somewhere). I used my previous painting on this as an example, thought about doing it this way with a painting example and step-by-step next to each other.

Sorry if there's any typos or if it's unclear in any way, let me know if it's difficult to read and will try to fix it.
I'm not sure if it's a tutorial or walkthrough like I mention in the tutorial, but I hope you like it nevertheless.
The flat colours in the first step are based on a sketch that can be seen here: [link] but I didn't show it in the tutorial.

Programs and brushes used were Photoshop CS3 and this basic brush and the one below it with Minimum Diameter (in Shape Dynamics) set to 0% (it also shows how to use the smudge scattering thing I mentioned): [link]

thanks for reading! :)

To see the full thing properly you might want to download it.
I put this in the Photoshop tutorial category, but like I said this can be used in most digital programs I believe. And even traditional in a way :)

also forgive meee for the poop layout, I'm not a graphic designer at all hahahah ;;

Edit: On step 3 it's meant to say "you can ALSO use a few of them, not only". Will fix it soon.
Edit2: Fixed that and some other things and added some small clarifications!


Also about black fur: In black fur I'd focus more on the light areas and if the subject has really dark fur you might not want to draw much in the darkest area.
Example here from my own pictures and how I'd do it: [link] (even if it's an older pic) the base colour was a really dark black and then I mainly focused on different light layers :) and used the dark brush strokes to blend the areas together in some places.

And another tip; I recommend using this tutorial mainly as a guideline to adjust to your own needs and the length of the fur.
You don't always have to draw the fur in every area of the body and especially not as those "v-shaped" outlines. Think of it as just drawing the darker areas in the fur closest to the body ("shadowed" areas). A good visible example here! [link] [link](1024x768).jpg

For example, especially in this dog's face and other areas with shorter fur I didn't draw those dark details everywhere but rather shaped the face with some and just painted broader strokes.
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fluffy40 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I shell try to use this
Yote Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
This helps me because I am trying to do more digital art. :3
QueenGalaxy Featured By Owner Edited Nov 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
would you be able to make a tutorial that's mainly for short hair?
Or a tutorial for feathers/wings
SnowyArctics Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
wow amazing! I will try this :3
XxDeputyDerpxX Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is this tutorial made with a wacom bamboo?
hybridwolfie Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Student General Artist
I think a cintiq 13 HD or an intuos 3 (both are Wacom's pen tablets)
LaserChaser Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing this C: I might give it a try since my fur always seems to turn out too blocky and ordered
saanaraccoon Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
gonna try this one to the tiger you sketched for me! <3
AquaSpiritFox Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WolfSpirit127 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you SOO much! I was having a whole lot of big trouble drawing fur. I didn't know how to. I tried, but everytime I did it just looked like a bunch of random lines. :( But now I know EXACTLY what to do and exactly what I did wrong! Thank you thank you very much! The reason I'm making a big deal out of this and thanking you so much is because, well, why not! I've been having a whole TON of trouble trying to include fur into the animals I draw, which is why the drawings of animals I have on my page have no fur strokes. But now I know exactly how to do it! Thank you for making this! It helped me a WHOLE lot! 
:icondragonspin1: :icondragonspin2:
Shadyshadowcat Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D
Wolfloverforever1219 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013   Digital Artist
Cute puppy and thanks!
BrokenBrookieCookie Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! This is so very helpful! :D
SpiritPaintedWolf Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sooo epic thank you thank you for this wounderful tutorial :warship:
JimmyandtheSuncats Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome, this happen to pop up in my inbox (since I watch that TutorialHouse group.) and it is just what I needed! I could definitely use this on a painting I am working on, it has a shaggy creature (donkey) which I am not used to, thanks for making it!
CristianoFSilva Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
thenightpen Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I feel like I can try one now.^^
TheParadisum Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
'Ellur, Lhuin.

I was curious, but could you ever make a tutorial on how to load/install downloaded brushes into SAI ? ^.^
I'd be grateful ;u;
Lhuin Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
XD I don't even know myself how to do that. I'm sure there's lots of tutorials on DA already telling you how to do that. ;)
TheParadisum Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I already searched for tutorials, but all of them aren't clear enough ;-;
But thank you for a reply! ^.^
DesignbyKatt Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
thanks [link]
Crowmisfits Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
this is a great tutorial i like how it shows the close up details and also the step by step progress as a whole picture.
StoryTeller288 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
nice, this will help me drawing animals, stay cool :D
HelenaRothStock Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
Ahoy there, your stock has been featured here: [link] Hope you don't mind :happybounce:
CriminalSpirit Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for this tutorial! :la: It's really helpful! C:
Chocukat Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
this is so helpful thank you! <3
Rilguia Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for the tutorial!! :love:
WilliamHighness Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
great tutorial
OctaviaSketch Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great! It inspired me to try to do a drawing in Deviantart muro (since that's the best I have), and so far I'm just on the grass, but I think back to this even just for that!
vssertse Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Best fur tutorial ever
Sinsyne Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for making this tutorial. It's extremely helpful! ^^
I can't wait to try out this style of doing fur. :D
opl890 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so great! c: I love the example pictures.
WolfPawsteps Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!
Brookeeh Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Omg yes! Finally, haha! :'D
Thank you so much for doing this helpful tutorial! :hug:
Javamoos Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you for this very helpful tutorial! :D
gurain Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013   Digital Artist
This is just awesome! I love your way to do fur :)
DigitalDreams-Art Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wonderful! Thanks so much :)
Serien Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is wonderful! So helpful!
thewolftroll Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is really helpful!
Devii-chan Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Watch. I still won't be able to do it fffffffff.

I'll still link any finished products I used this to do though.
RunioRedMane Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
mie voin vaan kuvitella miten kauan ton turkin tekeminen vie ja usko pois, TÄÄ tulee tosi käteväks nyt ku rupeen harjottelemaan realistista karvan tekoa :D kiitokset tästä ^^ <3
ssivo Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
used it here, thanks [link]
yooci Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing!
Lunalight Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013   Digital Artist
Very helpful,works with human hair too you only have to adjust it a few bits
jonrea Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Nice tutorial, thanks. :)
theblackcatwarrior Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cool! Thanks! :la:
Pat-the-Aussie Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
I've been looking for something like this for a while! This is great! Thanks c:
BTW, I've added this to my favourites.
MrSpanyard Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Thanks, insta-fav :)

Just one question, if I can:
What you did on the sixth step?
Lhuin Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Repeat steps 2&3 on new layers again on top of everything like it says :)
KiraAkuma92 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Next time It's sure help meXD
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