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Realistic Fur Tutorial by ObsidianWolfess Realistic Fur Tutorial by ObsidianWolfess
A couple people have asked me about how I do fur in Photoshop. Since it's been about two years since my last tutorial, I figure an update is in order. (Yeah, maybe blue fur isn't too "real", but it was the color I felt like using at the time.)

So to everyone who wanted this, I really hope it's useful! If you have any questions, feel free to ask them here and I'll try my best to respond in a timely fashion.

If you use this tutorial, please leave me a comment or show me what you've drawn! (Maybe both if I'm lucky?) Thanks for looking, guys. =)

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ariisuki Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome! thanks <33
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doodleavc14 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the blue fur is for Nightcrawler from X Men...XD haha....
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Luffsas Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice tutorial! :3
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HowlsByABlueMoon Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks amazing!
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toerawesome Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
My guess is, You from oregon? I see that the blue letters only stand for OR witch is abreviation for oregon.


Sorry for my bad grammar.
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ObsidianWolfess Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
I'm from New Jersey. The color fading on the text was just a cooincidence. :P
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LadyPhoenicia Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008
I just wanted to thank you for creating a tutorial to help beginners like me. It really helped in my latest piece of work. If you want to see it: [link]
Thanks again! :thanks:
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ObsidianWolfess Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008
Again, thank you so much for letting me see what you've made. It's beautiful. ^^
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LadyPhoenicia Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008
No problem. :) You deserve to see the work that comes from your great tutorial.
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Yoshi-Amaterasu Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Student General Artist
Wow, it looks great! ^^ And how would you shade black? You said add a little blue in there, but just where would you put it?
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ObsidianWolfess Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
Actually the blue would come into the black itself. I strongly recommend checking out a picture of a black animal in direct sun. They are not just black, but sometimes a blue tint or even more of a brown. :3

When I select colors for black, I actually pick a very dark blue-gray color and work it from there. When I want a lighter hilight, I pick a lighter version of that. ^^
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Yoshi-Amaterasu Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008  Student General Artist
Ohh. Ah yes, I remember looking at black horses in the sun and thinking that they were brown. ^^ Now I get what you're saying.

Okies, that makes sense. ^^ I'll keep that in mind for the next time I draw black fur. Thanks so much for your help! :hug:
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ObsidianWolfess Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008
Do me a favor and link me the result when you do it. I'd love to see it!
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Yoshi-Amaterasu Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Student General Artist
Okies, I will! ^^ And yay! X3
Haha, it won't be for a long time though, I'll be gone for ten hours a day every weekday this month for band camp... X__X *dies from excessive exercise*
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Pyrophobic Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sully fur! Nice

Would you seriously recommend the graphire 3? I'm thinking of definitely getting a tablet some time soon, but I need to balance quality with reasonable cost. I know Wacom have something like three tiers of tablets - is graphire the medium-quality one? And what size do you use? A5?

Sorry, so many questions ... seemed like a good opportunity to ask, though.
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ObsidianWolfess Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007
Wacom's newer tablets don't seem to be quite as good as their older ones. I got my graphire3 in December '05, and it still does all that it said it would. As far as the sensitivity, it's definitely adequate enough (and yes, it's the "medium" one). If you want one with a lot more sensitivity, they have (or had) a line called Intuous. My graphire3 is the larger size, 6x8.

In all honesty, I think the graphire does just fine. I don't really think there's much of a need for an intuous, though I've never actually tried drawing with one. If you have any other questions, lemme know XD
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Pyrophobic Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome - thanks for replying! I really appreciate it.

I just don't think I could afford their top of the range make, especially since I don't usually make money from my art (and even then it's all traditional media because I want to give people something solid and tangible) and therefore couldn't earn something back on it. But it'd save me buying myself a scanner and 'd kill two birds with one stone. And I'm sure even with limitations regarding sensitivity I'd find ways around it by adjusting line quality on the program, etc.

Heh, I don't trust new models either. Particularly if they bear the names of Sony or Nokia, but that's another story...
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ObsidianWolfess Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007
My tablet when they were new and still being made, was $210. I still feel like it was well worth it, but I also do a lot more digital work. (I think because of the tablet, that's the reason why). A tablet almost always wins over a mouse when you're coloring.

If anyone you know IRL has one, see if you can try theirs out. It's weird for the first half an hour, but you get the hang of it really fast. I'd say almost completely mastered within 3 days if you work at it. :3
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Pyrophobic Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I've tried oen of my mates' tablets before. Heck, we even have one ourselves, but it's a crappy little thing designed for signing your name and such, and my brother lost the pen to the abyss. It's just tricky finding a good deal.
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ObsidianWolfess Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
lmao. I think you can buy individual pens for like $50, but it may be better worth it to just get a new one in that case, since yours sounds old. =P
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Purgatorywolf Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great job!!!

(oh you had a typo, on step five "shows you were" should be "where") <3

still great job!
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ObsidianWolfess Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007
Give me a break =\
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Purgatorywolf Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
rawr
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rusomoore Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007
brilliant thank you. looks good
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ObsidianWolfess Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007
=)
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Snowlyn Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice tutorial =)
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ObsidianWolfess Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007
Thank you!
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Icen Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007
Oooh, how very informative!

I dun have Adobe though on this computer D:
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