Materials -> Fur

Hi everyone! Here is a post with a cozy and warm topic; which is fur this week!

Knowledge of fur drawing will be so useful when it will be time for animal drawing tutorial, well, I couldn’t wait to draw two under this post already.

My last times favorite material is black paper, white derwent pencil and white charcoal pencil and I prepared this post with these materials.

SO, if you are ready let’s get started!

sheep fur

In this fur example I added steps in a very basic way; which starts from upfrom left to right then downfrom left to right. So how is it? Scroll down and keep reading:

With a light grey prepare the background with strands of fur; they are thick on the surface like a finger and short like a few centimetres. See that step on the left up, at 5 strands.

We go from grey to white then. With white we add some more strands because all of those parts are located over and over each other (like our hair) and one covers the other partly. They are a lot, pretty much.

Next step is that I wrote on the picture ‘partly and softly‘; use it for some shadows like in the depths of those strands; because the fur isn’t perfectly white and lighted.

That ‘D’ is d of ‘derwent’. As I said we go from depths of the fur to the top surface, we go to whiter as well.

‘C’ is from charcoal. There are white charcoal pencils, mine are quite brand new, they are awesome on black paper and so much useful for highlights and shiny surfaces. So in this drawing white charcoal is the last step.

Be aware of that not every strand is the same to each other; they are different according to thickness; length and wavy-curly-straight feature.


In this example steps repeat the same; that at first we draw the first section of fur which are under the others and they are grey; they are going to cover the whole surface then we start adding other lighter strands which are above that first section. But in here strands are some more slender.

With white derwent pencil add more strands, some of them almost straight some like in the shape of moon (moon for example, you can say pacman or whatever :P) 

Add some yellow for the places where is depths of some of strands.

With black make strong shadows partly.

sheep fur

Here we go curls!

In this example  I want you to realise that some curls look so perfect and some not. There are changes at these curls partly.

In here to be able to give that 3 dimensional effect we are going to use tones of white again. The lower parts of each curl will have darker grey; the up part of curl will have white. So start drawing some circles and and leave some distances between those circles because you will need some tiny spaces for showing a little of depth of each curl in different lenghts.

The next step is using ligher grey over those circles, then white coloring pencil over them.

White derwent pencil is harder than whire coloring pencil, so use derwent partly then skip to the strongest white: white charcoal pencil for the top surface of curls and higligths of them.

leopard fur

Here we are for leopard fur. In here see the direction of fur; which is in the southeast-northwest direction, or left up-right down direction. Well; this is a small part of a fur, so while working on a bigger surface or a whole animal fur you will see the changes of directions of fur, imagine those animals move, lie down, run and wind goes through that fur so that direction I mention is not a perfect line for every piece of hair.

Leopard fur has short fur so we are going to use lots of, I mean looots of short lines.

So the first step is on the left up side of the image; with a very light yellow with the help of short lines define the pattern and be aware of the fact that there is no rule about the pattern. You can see it like some black stains in the shape of almost circle but sometimes those cirle is not closed, there is a missing part at its contour or sometimes inside of the circle is not filled with the contour color (black).

I used partly skin color, brown, black and finally white (white derwent and charcoal pencil like white and whiter).


That one must be from a cat. The technique is just the same. Only the character of fur type is changing. In here we have lots of changes in the direction and using longer lines this time.

Tiny steps are around the drawing, check them above. My latest charcoal white pencil is the last touch, but a big touch. Draw some white and long hair partly, if you draw them much; it will lose its effect. 

Eye of the tiger

For that drawing I inspired from a photo on Instagram from an account called ‘tinasperspective’ and my work’s name is ‘eye of the tiger‘. So original name isn’t it? :p


Aslan, lion reminds me of Narnia, how much I admired Caspian 😀

Well,  from previous fur drawings I had used tones of yellow and brown a lot and for this one I decided to use green. Who had said that orange is the new black? I say green is the new black 😛 I used that pencil’s color (greenish) for all the dark areas. The rest is tones of green.

Another point is that the mane has longer lines; and in the face, around eyes and nose there are short lines used.

One more point and that is about working with charcoal, weather you are working with white charcoal or black, you should work clean and more cautious while working with charcoal to avoid smudging. 

If you have a pet that means you have your own fur texture already, you are so lucky. I would be so happy to see a photo of your fur drawing and the owner of the fur together.

Take your time and practice. Practice and meet me here again next week for the next tutorial post!

AH! Pet your lovely creature for me, too! 🙂


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