View Full Version : help painting plush fur!

11-04-2004, 07:14 AM
Hello everyone :)

It has been soo long since I posted on WC! but here I am :D

I am currently working on a painting of a koala, and I want some tips on how to get the fur looking plush.

After re-establishing myself with the image uploader, I have included some pics of the progressing painting. The reference is from the galleries on WC! (I will get the name next time I look at the pic - but thankyou!) I know there are some yucky brush strokes here, but it is still progressing.

C and C welcome too.


edited to add: sorry that they are a bit blurred, the flash/camera was not playing nice.. but it gives you an idea




11-04-2004, 09:45 AM
Hi Tiana. Looking good! In painting fur/hair, be sure your brush strokes go in the direction of the fur. This goes for along the outside of the animal as well, to avoid that "outlined" look and give it the soft, furry contour lines that a fuzzy critter would have. Try using 'feather strokes', with lifts of the brush at both ends of the strokes. 'Hope this helps.


11-04-2004, 10:24 AM
Hi Tiana,

I think if you keep doing what you are doing it will look great! It's such a sweet little Koala.

Just keep building up the hair... I remember there being a tutorial on fur on the main acrylics page - have you looked at that?

The only fur I have ever painted is the cat that is my avatar, and it's small and not particularly furry looking... - oh well, it was my first ever acrylic. :p

Very much looking forward to seeing the end result.

11-04-2004, 03:16 PM
Hi Tiana,
Awww - this little guy is so sweet! You can use a fan or rake type brush for fur, but practice first. I usually stick to a liner brush myself - takes forever but gives more natural results. Short strokes for short fur; long strokes for long fur. Can't wait to see this finished.
Best wishes,

11-04-2004, 08:55 PM
I looked at the Demo in the Airbrush Forum on painting fur. He uses acrylics and brushes. Pam