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Fur tutorial/walkthrough (mainly longer fur) by Lhuin Fur tutorial/walkthrough (mainly longer fur) by Lhuin
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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saanaraccoon Featured By Owner 3 days ago
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 General Artist
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! 
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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:
CLFord 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.^^
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