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I’ve seen a lot of people struggling with fur in the art threads lately, so I thought I’d make a demo for people to help them out with one way of approaching painting fur. I had taken this picture of a red wolf from a zoo in CA and I thought it would make a good fur demo. The picture is old so the res is pretty low but it will work for this. I will make another one painting it with Photoshop when I have some more time. But the general principles will be the same.
The size of this painting is 10x12 inches
and I am working in oils my palette consists of Viridian, Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Permanent, Cad Red Light, Cad Yellow Light, and Titanium White
The first thing I did was draw the bust of the wolf with a brush getting the general shape down quickly.
Then I looked for the big color and value changes and blocked those in ignoring details and edge quality at this point.
Images 06 -08
Next I start to modify those big shapes by adjusting the smaller changes within them and paying attention to their edges.
The last thing I do is scrub in a background so I can paint the highlights and paint the details and refine the proportions where I think they need it.
Complete time for this is two hours
Very cool. Thank you! Looking forward to the next one =D
Do you document your process in your pieces often? I've seen some of your finished stuff, but I don't know if I've seen all that much progress work, which looks really valuable. I'm not trying to nag you here, and I appreciate this enough as is .
Thanks for what you do around here, man. Please keep it up as well!
I think it needs more details on the face, some sharp accents of light maybe
Actually I do; I have a 16 traditional landscape demos and one digital on on my blog
There are only 7 per page so when you ge to the bottom click on older to see more. I've posted a couple more here in tutorials with some reposted from the blog