Step-by-step: De­pict an at­tack­ing fur-clad war­rior

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1 I start by col­lect­ing the right ref­er­ences. Know­ing how to use ref­er­ence is key. You’re look­ing for gen­eral shapes, tex­ture and colour to in­form your de­ci­sions. Noth­ing that holds you pris­oner to it, but just to get the cre­ative wheels turn­ing. Then I dive into the sketch by rough­ing out the ges­ture to the char­ac­ter.

2 An­i­mal furs tend to have un­even, rough edges. When paint­ing the edges, make sure to have lots of rough fur stick­ing out. Un­like a reg­u­lar cloak, fur’s sil­hou­ette is of­ten spiky and un­even. When ap­proach­ing folds, note that the fur “fab­ric” is thick and you of­ten won’t see tight folds. Think bulky shapes and coarse edges.

3 Get­ting into the fi­nal ren­der, I make sure the fur is soft, but I don’t paint ev­ery hair. Think of fur in larger shapes. I add colour vari­a­tion to the fur, mak­ing sure I de­fine the darker roots of the fur with lighter tips. I also like to add a bit of leather and rough- cut an­i­mal skin near the edges of a fur coat, to add to the re­al­ism.

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