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Neko's fur tutorial by Neko-Maya Neko's fur tutorial by Neko-Maya
Some people asked for this so here it is. I'm bad at explaining so try to follow up:

Info: Paint Tool Sai and round brush. (any program that has a round brush and layers works however, like photoshop or gimp)

1. Sketch the character and flat colour it. 2 layers: lineart, colour.

2. Do basic shading and stuff (recommend to use water & blur tools on this). 4 layers now: overlay tones, shading, lineart, colour.

3. Merge all layers. Add fur shapes with darker tones. Long fur tends to gather into tufts and is messy, follow the fur direction and how the fur would act in different positions. I can't teach you how fur acts, look at real life animals for that and study. Short fur doesn't gather into tufts as easily.

4. Add lighter tones and a little messyness inside each fur tuft. 1 layer.

5. Add more details and depth to shades, clean edges with background's colour brush, not eraser. Add single furs around. 1 layer.

6. More details etc.. Also check that the original colours have stayed how they should look on the character. Use eye and not codes to see if colours are correct. 1 layer.

And done. Sometimes I use textures with overlay on pictures to make them look cool.

Here's some drawings I've used this technique on:
[link] (short & long fur, feline)
[link] (long fur, canine)
[link] (short & medium lenght fur, feline)
[link] (short fur, feline)
[link] (short & long fur, feline)
[link] (medium lenght fur, generic)

(links to FA because I copied the text from my submission over there, but same arts can be found from my gallery over there aswell!)
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LitaVN Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So wonderful, Thanks ^^
LockStockCreation Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great help Iv been trying to fins a fur technique like this! btw what are your brush settings for the fur?
Neko-Maya Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Regular round brush, the basic thing you find from any art program as the first thing. You can try the same technique with different brushes to get a different look, this is just the very basic idea of the technique x)
jackbox19 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
Cool tail! Man, that's gonna took a long time to color and lighting it though.
Neko-Maya Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
About 15-20 minutes :'3
SpottedFeline Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ooh I like this :3
endyjinx Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it!
Dogmouseart Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is great. I hope it helps me vwv
asparagusApparatus Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for this! I had some fluffy fox tails to paint and I had never drawn fur before!
Super helpful!
DancerOfTheDark Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
You should create a video
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