How to PAINT FUR | TUTORIAL | Medibang Paint Pro

How to PAINT FUR | TUTORIAL | Medibang Paint Pro


hello everyone welcome to my channel my
name is Jax and today I’ll be showing you how to paint fur. so anyone who’s
been watching this channel for a while know that animals, creatures, things with
fur make up the bulk of what I like to draw. now I’m not a realism artist I
don’t paint animals to look exactly like their real-life counterparts so in this
tutorial we’ll be exploring more of a stylistic rendering of fur now this is a
piece that I’ll be using to demonstrate the fur painting techniques now like
most of the art on my channel this is a commissioned piece and I just thought
it’d be the perfect character for this tutorial because we have this nice
variety of fur lengths across a character so the fur on the face is a
little shorter and then towards the cheek and neck it gets a little longer
and thicker anyway so I thought this will just be a great opportunity to show
you guys a few different methods to paint different textures of fur. anyway
before we get stuck into the fur we first need to block in the general
colors and backgrounds in the character as you can see I’ve already done that
here but I’m going to show you a quick time-lapse of me doing this so basically
what I did was I filled in a background with a darkish color and then use the
gradient tool to make some dark and light adjustments and then for the
character I take a flat brush and just quickly paint in their general colors I
first pick colours from a reference but then I usually adjust a bit to blend in
with the overall tone of the background for the shadows I like to make a layer
on top of the base colors, clip it to the layer underneath and then set the layer
to multiply I usually choose a light cool
toned color keeping in mind the environment the character is in and I
start blocking in the shadows so for this piece I want to delight to come in
from the top right corner so I lay in the shadows with that in mind next up I
create another clipping layer on top of the shadow layer and I set this one to
overlay now to complement the cool shadows I really wanted a nice warm
light coming in front of top so I selected a light gold color and started
sweeping that in. I also then like to play around a bit with a hue and
saturation settings just until I to get the right look and
tone that I’m going for finally I took a bit of time to place in
the markings and also make a few light blotches for where the plants and
flowers in this piece were going to be so once all that’s done this is what the
piece looks like with all the general colors placed down
I’ve merged all the layers now as well so the characters on her own single layer
I also have the layers with the rough environment wash it in but I’m gonna
keep those turned off for now since we want to focus on the painting of the fur
so first thing I’m going to show you some of the brushes I like to use for
fur and the settings I have them on and all of these can be downloaded from the
Medibang cloud and if you don’t know how to do that I have a super helpful video
explaining how to access the cloud and all the new features you get when you do
including all the brushes I’m going to use here so firstly we have a flat brush
with a wide end just gonna turn up the ease and mixing of colors up and I’m
just gonna turn down the load color just down a bit and what this does is it
makes the color go on a little less strongly and when it’s applied to color
on the same layer it actually blends in more with the color rather than putting them
down on full of passage so that’s brush number one brush number two is basically
the exact same brush but what I’ve done is I’ve double tapped it and I’ve turned
down the min width to pretty much 0% you can make a bit higher but
around that with press okay and then instead we’re going to reverse the
mixing colors and local color options so the low color is now higher and the ease
of mixing color it’s just actually maybe set that about halfway so what this does
is it gives you a nice pointed sharp edge which you can make nice crisp lines with
okay and next up we have flat brush dry and this is
one actually just discovered quite recently I’d actually didn’t have this
in my usual repertoire for most of my older paintings but it is actually a
really really nice slightly textured brush
you can see the individual bristles and basically I just have one and I have the
width set on a relatively high minimum with press okay and then we have nice
soft brush that we can add some texture to the fur okay and finally we have
this one this is a first texture that I quite like using and this is one that
I’ve downloaded online so again if you watch the videos I’ve
linked to before about getting more brushes in medibang there’s a link in that
video and also in the description for this video below of where you can
download this brush and it’s quite like the one the flat brush dry but it just
has slightly larger bristles slightly more crisp slightly more harsh so those
are the four basic brushes that I’ll be using for the fur painting okay so one
of the first things I like to do when I’m painting fur is just to gently
sketch out where the clumps of fur are going to be so here we’re going to have
longer strands of fur on the tigers cheeks and also a longer neck so I’m
just gonna lightly sketch in some lines just to indicate where these longer
clump of fur are going to fall now things to keep in mind when doing this
you want to know where the general direction of the fur of the animal it’s
going in so you don’t want the fur just flying off
everywhere so in this case fur is failling quite flat towards the body so
I’m just going to sketch them in a nice downward motion just very lightly
very general and it’s just just give you some nice broad guidelines so you don’t
get lost whilst you’re painting so now I’m going to try to say where so
I’m using the flat wet brush here just gonna pick one of those slightly darker
colors and then I’m just gonna make I’m just gonna stroke in some shadows just
below where the clumps the tips of the console fur are going to be just like
lightly stroke them in there we go okay so now I’m just gonna take the flat dry
brush just gonna softly blend that in a bit more just so we don’t have harsh
painted looking lines alright so what we’re going to do now is we’re gonna take one
of the sharper tipped brushes and we’re just going to start painting in
individual clufts off fur so pick a nice relatively lighter color in comparison
to the shadows that you put in and just turn down the ease of mixing of it just
start gently putting in fur shaped blocks of color okay and here’s a trick once
you do that you just want to take the flatter edge brush and just blend those
fur clumps in just like that and then go for the thinner edge brush
and just define those clumps of fur just a little bit just make a nice shadow
just to contrast with the tuft of fur to explain this process in a nutshell
essentially we’re laying down the shadows first before going in with
lighter colors to create the individual sections of fur and blending them in with
the colors in between the highlights and the shadows since we don’t have a brush
that can directly create nice sharp opaque tips and then subsequently become
wider and blend in with the base color we had to do this manually with a sharp
flat brush and then use wider edged brushes to blend in a sharp stroke and
yes this is quite a tedious process especially when you have large bodies of
fur to cover but texturing anything in general requires a lot of time and
patience luckily this technique is very simple and very easy to master a couple
of shortcuts I find very useful firstly of course is ctrl Z the undo option
you’ll notice that I use it quite a lot when I paint and unapologetically so I
always never get the shape or stroke I watched the first time around
so I keep undoing it until I do another really useful shortcut I have set is the
Alt key when I hold down the Alt key the brush tool becomes a color picker and I
use this to pick the in-between colors I use when blending and also when applying
new tufts of fur occasionally the color I need won’t be an existing color in
image sometimes I need a lighter or darker color in which case I usually
start out by picking an existing color and then moving the slider in the color
wheel a little higher or lower depending on what I need I like to make the tip of
each tuft of fur the brightest to contrast with the shadow underneath and
the base of the tuft becomes darker as it blend in with the shadow of the fur
above it because of this one good idea is to start from the bottom upwards fur
a higher up on the animals body tends to slightly layer on top and cover the fur
underneath by working from the bottom up you don’t need to blend every single
tuft of fur in perfectly because you can just cover the base with the fur on top
now I didn’t do that here because a high lack *foresight but that’s absolutely fine
as well it just means when you work on a lower layer you have to be careful not
to paint over the tuft you already painted alright now that you know the
general technique of painting Tufts of fur there are a few additional
things to keep in mind to make them look right remember
is a three-dimensional texture that is attached through a three-dimensional
body now I’m not the best when it comes to accurately representing anatomy but I
know the neck of the animal isn’t just a cylinder it has curves and muscles in a
case of tigers like this one they tend to have pretty wide necks and here she’s
also turning towards the right as well so the fur attached also nice is
shift slightly in the direction the head is facing never be afraid to look up
references when trying to figure out where the fur is supposed to fall they’re
there to help and it’s really going to help improve your art and make the fur
look more realistic so that’s it for long fur now I’m just going to timelapse
through me painting through the rest of the neck and chest one of the final
touches I liked to do for long fur is to take a small sharp brush and then just
draw in a few individual strands of hair coming off the larger tufts just to give
that finishing detail okay so now that the long fur on the
neck is done I’m going to show you how I like to paint the smaller shorter furs
on the face and if you wanted you could use the same technique I showed you with
the long fur but just reduce the size of the individual tufts but that will take
forever to finish in my opinion with short for using a textured brush like
the fur brush or the dry flat brush I showed you earlier to quickly paint on
and give the impression of a fur texture I’m going to use the same technique as
before where I paint on the shadowed areas first and then I’m going to take a
lighter color and then paint over those shadows to create areas of highlight in
terms of the brush settings I like to keep the load color of the fur brush
quite high because I want the fur texture to be quite visible if the load
color was too low and the ease of mixing too high
I would have a much harder time getting a nice texture fur a look okay so now
I’m just gonna do this all over the face and the same thing with the markings
just letting the brush do all the work for me to create a simple short fur
texture and that’s pretty much all there is to it I’m going to do a time lapse
again and I’ll be back at the end of the video with the finished painting all right so this is the finished
painting I put all the foreground plants and post-production sparklies in as well
I really hope this tutorial was helpful this is generally how I like to paint
fur at the moment sometimes I change things up a bit depending on how I’m
feeling but the basic technique remains shadows first and then tufts of
highlighted fur on after thank you so much for watching don’t forget to like
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yeah thank you again for watching and I’ll catch you all next time bye~

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