This tutorial is to show how you can draw the illusion of white fur and the importance of layering to create depth and realism.
How much of the reference photo is pure white?
I’ll show you a few examples of previous white fur drawings I have done.
This is Fonto, my first white furry drawing. On the left is his reference photo and on the right is the drawing, the space on his forehead, on the side of his nose and the reflection in his right eye are the only areas that are almost completely white. So every other area has colour. Fonto is actually very white but because of the lighting in this photo he looks a little more golden. I took this into consideration when drawing him so I didn't add too much of the yellows. That’s why the actual drawing is whiter than the reference.
I did the same for Nymeria the Pyrenees Pup. In the reference photo there are three areas that look to be completely white (a bit on her back, her tail and the side of her nose). Every other area of her has a different colour. Due to the reflection of the indoor lighting in the photo she has warm colours in her fur.
This is Peerless the Pyrenees and here you can see that cooler colours are being reflected off of him because the photo was taken outdoors on a beautiful snowy day. He is a very white dog and the viewer can see he’s very white even though just about every inch of him has colour.
So an important point to remember is that even though you are not drawing in white you are giving the illusion that what you are drawing is very white.
For this tutorial I have drawn three little cartoon type dogs. Each with white fur. The first drawing being straight white fur, the second being wavy white fur and the third being curly white fur.
Fabriano Sketching paper
Some of Faber-Castells Polychromos pencils
Some of Prismacolors premier pencil and a gelly roll pen
and Art spectrums odourless solvent.
You will hear me say medium tone pencil a few time is the tutorial video and my medium tone pencil is mainly the warm grey 1 number 270. The cinnamon and light flesh is predominantly the back ground colours but will be gently added into the main subjects too.
The white Gelly roll pen is for adding the tiny highlights in the eyes and speckled spots around the noses. The white prismacolor pencil is very opaque and will be used throughout the tutorial.
Step 1 show the shadowed areas first:
Add a medium tone pencil (Warm Grey I) to the areas that have a darker value and build your layering around those areas of shadow.
Step 2 direction of drawing:
Continue to layer and remember to always draw in the direction of the fur. The straight fur will be will go in the direction of top to bottom the wavy fur will go in the direction waves, almost like drawing S’s and, the curly fur is going in the direction of multiple circles.
Step 3 keep layering and observing reference:
Take note of your reference and see where the darkest pieces are and see where the lightest pieces are. Always observe what you are drawing. You should be looking at your reference photo constantly. Especially if you are aiming to draw realistically. Continue to layer and layer.
Step 4 balance you primary subject by using the background colours:
Remember to add the colours in the background into your main subject. Take your time and be patient. Keep practicing and the improvement will be incredible.
These steps are much better understood when shown and explained in the video…see the following YouTube Tutorial. https://youtu.be/Za4uXVQI7Fg?list=PL8rz1yMQxUS_Ue6yHix1Etyx8ePLmUgpC
I hope this helps you a little, I have very little experience in creating tutorials so if there is something else you would like me to add, that you think will be beneficial to you and others then let me know in the comments below.
Also let me know if there are other topics you would like me to discuss. I’m sure as time progresses I will be able to improve my tutorials but just like you I learn with practice. I sincerely hope that you were able to take something useful away from this tutorial. So all I have left to say is bye for now and happy drawing.