Wednesday, 22 June 2011
cub progress - understanding fur
Key pointers when I draw or paint fur are - the direction of grow, the type of fur, and how the hair interacts against one another i.e shadows it may create / patterns from hair clash or smoothness. The same goes for a domestic animal, their fur will rarely be the same type / length across their entire being. Different hair types are designed for different areas of the body or face. Younger animals grow into their fur and lose much of their softer fluffy fur as they get older producing coarser thick hairs, so their fur is drawn accordingly.
It is important to me to stay true to the animals appearance, which includes matted areas, lose hairs, broken whiskers / hairs, wet chins etc. I don't like to 'tidy up' their appearance as it's these qualities that enhance the animals character and uniqueness.
I'm very happy with the progress I've made today so I thought I'd share it with you :)