About This Tutorial
If you are an artist that loves to create realistic work, that is looking to take your skills to the next level then this is the perfect tutorial for you! I am thrilled to be sharing my processes of how I paint fur in this 1hr 15min video and Ebook.
This tutorial will help you overcome so many issues with realistic painting that it could even make it look easy! I will be taking a close up look at layering, glazing, trouble shooting, colour mixing, brush work and more. This could be the break through you have been needing to give your skillset and techniques the next step up.
I have been refining my process for over a decade and would love to save you some time and effort by showing you exactly how I paint fur with acrylic paint. If you have been looking for a detailed, step by step explanation about the process behind the way I work, then this is exactly where you need to be.
Please download the PDF to your laptop or computer for the best results - once you have downloaded the PDF you will be able to move it between your devices as per usual.
About the Ebook
The Ebook is designed to go hand in hand with the video tutorial, and summarises the entire process. It can be purchased separately to the video if you just wanted to get an idea of how I work. However, when it comes to detailing the entire process and every layer, this Ebook only summaries it. The step by step process is shown in detail in the video.
What is Included
Full Bundle: Video and Ebook Package: The Full Bundle comes with 1hr 15mins of footage, Ebook: An Artist's Guide to Realistic Fur, a colour recipe PDF booklet, the reference photo used for the painting and a high resolution image of the finished painting for you to work from. To download the full, HD video, you will be given a link and password in a PDF document which you can simply click on. This link will take you to a WeTransfer page where you will need to enter the password in order to start the download process.
List of Materials Needed for this Tutorial
Small palette knife
I use a small one for mixing paints because the larger the palette knife, the more spread out your mixed colours will become on the palette while you work. I like to keep them together as much as I can to save them from drying out too much.
Masterson palette (with sponge and papers)
This palette is the only way I have found that keeps my paints wet for days while I work. To see further instruction on how to use this palette please view the tutorial I created for it https://www.carlagraceart.com/studio
(The focus of this tutorial is to use a very simple palette)
I recommend using Heavy Body (or structure acrylic) paint with fluid titanium white. When mixing the paints, I will mix them to the point where they are generally similar to Fluid Acrylic in consistency. So if you have fluid paints instead of heavy body acrylics don’t worry, this is fine. I like to use the Heavy Body acrylics as I enjoy having the control over the consistency. However, it is not necessary.
Wetting agent by Golden
(More Information will be given on this medium in the tutorial, however, if you would like to find out more please follow the link below:
At least 8” x 8” (bigger is fine smaller will be really hard to work with for this tutorial). Your support must be primed. If you are using a panel, please see the tutorial in my video page on how to prepare wooden panel.
Easel or support for the painting
I like to work with the painting raised rather than flat, however, you can chose whatever works for you in this area.
Small air tight containers
to put bulk mixed paints - I will always store larger quantities of the main colours that I use in tiny air tight containers in order to keep colour mixes consistent.
Chalk pastel pencils
for outlining - chalk pastel pencils are amazing for doing outlines as they can simply be wiped away with a damp cloth if any errors are made or you just want to erase the lines. Any brown tone for this tutorial is fine.
Jar for water
size 0 round (at least four of them, possibly more, I used 8) and size 4 Filbert. I use Neef 95 Round 0 and Princeton 6300FB Filbert 4, however, the main characteristic of these brushes are that they are a good quality stiff synthetic brush.