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07-13-2006, 02:30 PM
This is the picture I’ll be doing the demo from. But, I’m not going to do the whole mouse.
Just this part.


Start with a neutral color paper. If you start with white paper, your going to be fighting the white every step of the way and you will get very fustrated. Why not make life easier for yourself and use a color that works with the fur color. I’ve started with MT in a very nice creamy/beige color.

Using white, get the fur directions laid down. When laying down the hairs, remember a couple of things.

First ALWAYS go in the direction of the fur. That means that you will have to move the paper around so that you are always pushing the pencil, not pulling or sliding it from side to side.

Second, lay down the hairs in different directions. What I mean by that is don’t make every hair go in the exact same direction like soldiers. Make them random and a little messy. The way I do this is to twist my thumb and fingers back and forth so that I’m not using the pencil in the exact same way. This twisting of the pencil also helps keep the pencil sharper longer.

07-13-2006, 02:33 PM
Next, pick a nice medium color. Iíve used Light Umber. Keep the pencil sharp and keep in mind the length of the fur your doing. I usually do a section at a time. The mousesí cheek has very short hair so make the strokes very short.


Using Goldenrod, start filling in the areas a bit more. Not too much, you have more colors to go.


I go back with the white again. This pushes some of the Umber back a bit and picks out some of the lighter fur as well


07-13-2006, 02:35 PM
Next is a medium dark color Ė Iíve used chocolate. Try to pick your way in between the other lines a bit, picking out some hair groups. Donít over do it, it will start to become too dark. You can always come back later and adjust the colors if you need to.


Finally the darkest color Ė Dark Umber, Dark Brown or Burnt Umber. Iíve used Dark Umber here. Go back and darken just the hairs under the groups that you picked out with the chocolate, with the occasional long hair here and there. A little goes a long way, so be careful and donít over do it.


I then go back with the white and goldenrod here and there to fill in some of the areas and to soften it up. I then use the colorless blender lightly. The idea here is not to blend the colors, just to smooth the strokes and get rid of some of the paper showing through the strokes.


07-13-2006, 02:36 PM
Iíll do the rest of the body the same way. The body has longer fur so make your strokes longer. Light Umber is first. Notice how my strokes are not all going the same direction. I also avoid the section I just did for now to make sure it stands out and doesnít get lost in the next section. Iíll go back later and smooth the transition later. I do the lines more closley together just under the cheek where itís darker.


Goldenrod Ė I take this right into the light area but not too much.


Back to the white just as before. I start blending the different areas together. Donít forget that the paper color is also some of your fur color too. Donít cover it completely.


07-13-2006, 02:38 PM
I see I need more light umber so I add more where needed to fill in a bit more. Keep turning your drawing so you are always pushing the pencil in the direction of the fur. Remember Ė as you turn your drawing, turn your reference photo too.


OK, thatís better, now on to the next color. Chocolate Ė I start with the dark area first so I donít go too dark in the other areas.


GingerRoot and Sand Ė The light belly fur is a bit more yellow so I add these colors lightly.


07-13-2006, 02:39 PM
I used dark umber as before to pick out some of the shadows of the hair groups then the colorless blender. Now, you can play with this until the cows come home, picking out more hair groups, adjusting the colors here and there, and generally driving yourself crazy. Stop here and move on.


Done! I sure hope this helps you see that although doing fur can be very time comsuming, itís not really all that hard.

07-13-2006, 02:52 PM
Another h-o-f thread! great demo I am sure lot of us are going to find this really helpful:) thanks for making it and explaining so clearly.

Rating it right away :clap:

One small question, have u used a colored support here? and do u think it makes a difference while rendering fur? If so I think it will be great if you can do one on white too ( if u have time ofcourse) since most of them start with white supports.:)

07-13-2006, 04:02 PM
What a great demo - thank you so much aart!

I didn't plan to do an animal drawing, but now I just might :rolleyes:

This demo is concise and easy to understand - definitely rating this one!


07-13-2006, 04:12 PM
Wow, thanks so much for the demo.
Really nice texture and I love the way you achieve separation of the different areas in the fur and giving it roundness and volume.
Thanks soooo much for sharing.

07-13-2006, 04:46 PM
Awesome demo! Thank you so much for taking the time for this!

07-13-2006, 05:31 PM
You are all so very welcome. I'm glad it was easy to follow and helpful for you all.

One small question, have u used a colored support here? and do u think it makes a difference while rendering fur? If so I think it will be great if you can do one on white too ( if u have time ofcourse) since most of them start with white supports.
I used a creamy beige paper. It does indeed make a difference. A big one. Because half your job is done for you. I don't do fur on white for the very reason I stated. You end up fighting it the whole time. I take that back, I would use white paper only if I was doing a white animal and even then, I would consider using a soft blue, green or even pink.

07-13-2006, 05:56 PM
Fantastic!:clap: :clap: :clap: Thank you soooo much! :) I will be saving this one to my favorites to refer back to. You are so good at teaching with the demos. I'm rating this thread as well.

07-13-2006, 07:03 PM
Your very welcome Janet. I'm glad you were able to understand my demo. It comes from looking at books. It always bothered me about so called how-to books. They always seemed to skip some steps and I could never figure out how they got to that stage. I might have more steps than necessary, but at least you know exactly how I got there.

Paapu - I was thinking about your request for a demo on white paper. My feeling is since this is for those that do not know how to do fur, it's a lot easier if you start with colored paper. A beginner,doesn't need the aggravation of fighting the white paper along with learning the techinque. As you understand the process and get more comfortable with it, then you can go to the white. In that case I would start with say, Ginger Root and lay down the fur direction. You might do this stage using many more strokes to remove more of the white. Then you can go from there pretty much the way I've layed it out here. You will still have to deal with the white bits that will always seem to poke through.

I'd really enjoy seeing everyones attempt at this lesson. That way I can give you some pointers and critiques.

07-13-2006, 09:16 PM
An extremely helpful tutorial there! aart! I loved it! Funny, I used some of your basic strategies before when I draw/color hair, we are just 2 of a kind! j/k..:thumbsup:

07-13-2006, 10:11 PM
Beautifully done and extremely helpful!! This thread will definitely be saved in my favorites.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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07-13-2006, 10:34 PM
aart I really think you should consider writting your own book.:) I probably have every book that you can think of for colored pencils and in this demo I learnt more than any of them. I came across your feather demo as well and felt the same about it. Your rite about the books skipping steps and that's exactly the problem.

07-14-2006, 06:40 AM
Thank you so much aart for this demo! I love how you render your animals and this demo is extremely thorough and useful. I'm rating this thread right away!


PS-Janet's right, you should write a book!

07-14-2006, 06:54 AM
This is awesome! Thank you so much aart, I am rating this thread and also giving you a mentor point:)


07-14-2006, 08:10 AM
Great demo! :clap:

Rated & added to favorites, too. Just on the off chance I ever try something with eyes.... :rolleyes:


07-14-2006, 07:43 PM
Great demo! Very neatly expressed. It'll make a really nice addition to the library, I think!

07-15-2006, 09:41 AM
aart I really think you should consider writting your own book.
That's funny. About 20+ years ago for a lark, I went to a palm reader. She said, among other things, that I would write a book. Never gave it any thought until now. I don't really see me doing it though. I have no idea how to go about something like that. But thank you very much for the really nice compliment.

Rita2479 - You are so welcome. I'm glad it was helpful to you.

Algarbi - Wow, a mentor point. I'm flattered. By the way.... whats a mentor point??

TessDB - I hope you do something with eyes. They can be a lot of fun.

piper2 - Thank you piper, coming from you that's quite a compliment.

I am so pleased everyone found this demo easy to follow and helpful. It's always a worry to me that I don't make any sense.

07-15-2006, 10:15 AM
aart I'm uploading a pdf file from North Light Books who seem to be the publishers for many of the colored pencil art books. It is on how to submit a book idea and become an author of a North Light Fine Art Book. Just in case your interested.

07-15-2006, 10:23 AM
This is an awesome thread...thank you so much! I love it that it's so clear and easy to understand. Thanks to members like you, this forum is as good as a CP workshop!:clap: