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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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:icondogmouseart:
Dogmouseart Mar 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is great. I hope it helps me vwv
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asparagusApparatus Feb 9, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks for this! I had some fluffy fox tails to paint and I had never drawn fur before!
Super helpful!
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:icondancerofthedark:
DancerOfTheDark Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
You should create a video
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:iconwispful:
you make it seem so easy omfg
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:iconninjaweretiger:
NINJAWERETIGER Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool!
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:iconnattsu-chan:
nattsu-chan Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omg, brilliant way to draw fur owo <3
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:icontabbykaita:
Thank you! I'm not completely done, but here is my progress so far:

tabbykaita.deviantart.com/art/…

Do you by any chance have a background tutorial?
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:iconneko-maya:
Neko-Maya Aug 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Looks nice! ^^
atm I don't have many tutorials, I've been wanting to do them but somehow I'm always busy busy busy :cc
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:icontabbykaita:
Definitely going to try this ^^
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:iconayelwen:
Im going to look over and try all your tutorials, they look amazing ^_^
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