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Painting Process/ Fur Tutorial by Stalcry Painting Process/ Fur Tutorial by Stalcry
I APOLOGIZE FOR ANY GRAMMATICAL AND SPELLING MISTAKES! I am quite notorious for typos >>'

A tutorial where I talk my way through a painting, going over some of the things to think about while your creating. This is in no way a complete "How To Digitally Paint" tutorial. That would be a several thousand page book. Also, I am not a professional in any way.

This was supposed to be a "Fur" tutorial. Ended up being more about process, color, and light.

Also, the image was painted in MyPaint and adjusted in Krita.
The tutorial itself was set up in Gimp, with text added in Inkscape.

So in theory, EVERYTHING YOU SEE can be done with Free/Open source software.
Special thanks to texturemate.com for the textures.

Also, I mention a few things in this tutorial, such as color adjusting, color theory, light and shadow, and detailed rendering. I highly suggest looking for other tutorials on the matter. This is more of a "big picture" tutorial.

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stardust3105 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Student General Artist
My krita is really slow, could you have any idea why?
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Kittycatisthat Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! This tutorial helped me a lot! I made an art piece in sort of the same position, it was kind of ripping off of your ammy picture with one of my white characters for practice. However, I feel that if I practice enough, I can do multiple colors and stuff a lot better. If you want, heres the picture. kittycatisthat.deviantart.com/… 

Thanks again!
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SpookyBjorn Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, i always have trouble with fur...ALWAYS, and I found it a struggle to use this tutorial (completely my fault though, just because im not used to going from dark to light lol!) but I really tried, so im not sure if you'd be interested in seeing, but i did this bjornthebear.deviantart.com/ar…  since this is my first time trying this method, I wasnt able to imagine using it in any other pose or color, so hopefully next time i will be able to! thanks for posting this tutorial!
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nebulasrecovery Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
What brushes (and possibly brush settings as well) did you use? :D  
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Huggleduck Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I recently downloaded MyPaint since I recently got my friend's old Wacom Bamboo Fun Pen and Touch; this is such a wonderful tut with a brilliant and beautiful example drawing. Your sense of tones and shades is wonderful, and your tips and explanations are helpful; I often tend to start out on a dark layer and then shade over it as well, since I find it easier that way. Your tip for not using pure black/white for it not occurring often in nature was something I hadn't considered, so thank you for that. Another thing I trouble with is defining face structure in shading, if you get what I mean, so I'll have to take a look at more ref pics and stuff. This tutorial will come in handy and I plan to use it soon; I will link back to this tut and give you gredit when I do. Thank you for uploading. :)
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SpiritPaintedWolf Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What brush do you us ?
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Stalcry Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
There are lots of different brushes you can use for this it just comes down to what you are most comfortable with! Usually I use a round brush with size and pressure opacity, but for this one I used the "pallet knife" on Deevad's brush set in MyPaint :) usually it will have some kind of size and opacity pressure sensitivity to it
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SpiritPaintedWolf Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you ao much ..i just downloaded Mypaint and swiching form PS elements is kindoff hard ..its a long tory why i swiched but anyway thank you again ^-^
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Smajsan Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it! :)
The picture you made has life, the most important thing to me, and I'll probably make one myself now! :3
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Stalcry Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! Glad it was helpful!
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Favetoni Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
TO BE HONEST,I ALMOST NEVER FIND TUTORIALS HELPFUL.
BUT THIS MOST BE THE FIRST ONE,THAT ACTUALLY HELPED ME.
REALLY GOOD JOB,THANKS A LOT FOR SHARING :)
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Stalcry Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yay! I'm glad you found it helpful!
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TaliaTale Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice image and wonderful use of MyPaint!
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Stalcry Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks very much!
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Sephinta Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful tutorial! Thank you!
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Stalcry Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hope you find it useful :)
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FireflyDragon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist
Great tutorial!!! ^^
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Stalcry Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks I hope it is useful!
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FireflyDragon Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist
Very useful :3 Thanks!
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RoxyInsomniacBunny Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013   General Artist
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i used your tutorial:3 you can have a look^^ Nice work!
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Stalcry Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
OOh pretty! Now you can try applying the techniques to other images as well :)
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saywhatproductions Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
What is your favorite brush? did you customize it? haha XD i'm trying to find/create a good painting brush :b
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Stalcry Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
My favorite brush from MyPaint is a slightly customized (not that much) pallet knife from Deevad's set. [link]
These brushes, I believe, should be in the download for the program as a default set. The ones I use are on the third row down, the 3rd and 4th brushes in that row, left to right.
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saywhatproductions Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
alright cool :) I think so too. Deevad seems pretty standard and is quite useful :) I'm a brush package whore when it comes to Mypaint :b
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Stalcry Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Heck yeah :9 Thats the way to be! Mypaint has an awesome brush engine.
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saywhatproductions Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
OH yeah!! >:]
It's just so universal in digital painting.
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TheOneWhoLovesToEat Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student
Thanks, this is really helpful! Iv'e been stuggling with this sort of thing, and I need all the help I can get :3 really like your pic; I showed it to my dog and he perked this ears and furrowed his brows at it xD
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Stalcry Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hahahaha XD Thanks Im glad you like it! Hope its helpful!
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Asrath Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student General Artist
You make it sound so simple! XD
But I definitely like this tutorial, it's very clear and easy to follow, and I also LOVE your style and it's the kind of style I try to base myself on. I love that 'painterly' look!
Thanks for enriching this site with this awesome tutorial! It really cleared some things up for me and helped a lot, as I generally have a lot of trouble with shading/highlighting, most with fur and feathers. Thanks!
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Stalcry Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I hope you find it useful in the future :)
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Peiridae Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a fabulous tutorial! As an artist struggling to find a natural yet realistic look for my art, this certainly helps. Your approach to color and contrast really gave me a better understanding of how light affects a piece. Thanks for a great tutorial!
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Stalcry Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! I hope you find it useful n_n
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Jousan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
very nice tutorial ^_^ thanks for making it!
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Stalcry Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you, glad you enjoyed it. I hope it helps :)
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wlfmoon-arizona Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional
Very nice! Thanks!
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Stalcry Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hope it helps :)
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wlfmoon-arizona Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional
:)
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InYuJi Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
I love that painterly-feel, yet the illusion of fur with the use of colors is great. Awesome tutorial. Faved.
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Stalcry Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thank you! I hope you find it useful
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o0MossStar0o Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
This is very helpful~ and beautiful results! :3
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Stalcry Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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EagleIronic Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013   General Artist
Thankyou so much for this awesome tutorial, I have been looking for a long time for a fur tutorial!
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Stalcry Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you Im glad you like it :) I hope it helps!
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EagleIronic Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013   General Artist
My pleasure and it helps a lot!
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