How to Draw Fur: Colored Pencil Tutorial
by Carrie L. Lewis
Drawing fur doesn’t have to be intimidating or time-consuming. If you remember a few simple guidelines, it can be fun and pleasing.
What are those guidelines?
One: Don’t draw every hair. That’s a certain path to frustration.
Two: Stroke in the direction that fur grows naturally.
Yes. It’s as simple as that.
How to Draw Fur with Colored Pencil in 6 Steps
One note before we begin: The type of paper you use makes a difference in how your work turns out. The smoother the paper, the easier it is to draw detail. But smooth paper cannot take as many layers of color, so you have to make every layer count.
Papers with a little more tooth (or surface texture) hold more color so you can add more layers. But they may be more difficult to draw detail on. Not impossible, but more difficult.
If you’re working in a pre-printed coloring book, you have to use whatever paper the artist chose. You can look for books printed on better paper, and perhaps even find some printed on drawing paper.
If, on the other hand, you’re printing pages individually, you can experiment with papers to see how they handle colored pencils. What do I recommend?
Bristol is a very smooth, sturdy paper that can take enough layers to blend, and still allow you to draw details fairly easily.
Stonehenge is softer and a little more textured. It’s great for blending by layering and for drawing detail.
Canson Mi-Teintes is also good for layering and detail, but it’s quite textured, so it takes more effort to draw detail.
All three can be trimmed to fit most printers and are capable of producing crisp, clear line drawings. So if you’re feeling adventurous, give them a try. Use white the first time though, since the color of the paper affects the way a drawing looks.
I used ordinary card stock for this demonstration piece. It’s smoother than Stonehenge, but not as smooth as Bristol and you can buy it already cut to standard printer sizes.
Unless otherwise noted, I used Prismacolor Premier Soft Core pencils.
Now for the tutorial.