View Full Version : Sketchism's Recipe for Hair, Fur, and Grass

01-15-2010, 01:08 PM
This is the number one question that I frequently get asked after one of my large projects. There are a million different ways to paint hair, fur and grass. This is how I do it....

Sorry about the silly graphics on this. I did it fairly quickly and this is the first tutorial I've made.

If I forgot something, or you have a question, feel free to ask.:)

Have Fun and Thanks for Checking it out!:D

01-15-2010, 01:31 PM
Sketch - this is brilliantly simple for getting such outstanding results. Terrifically well done, straight forward tutorial. This one is going to win you many friends. :):):):)

01-15-2010, 01:54 PM
You rock, Sketch! This is exactly my process as well when it comes to painting grass or foliage. It just a matter of going darkest to lightest with the hues. I generally keep in mind my light source as well to determine the amount of light hues I want to incorporate.

This will be a very helpful guide for many! Your screen shots and text within the painting is perfection, too...of course! Do you drive people just as crazy with having to have things just so, too?

01-15-2010, 02:14 PM
Thanks guys! I figured it was time to payback a little of what I have received so much of from this forum. It's not much but very effective!:D

Absolutely right Eileen, definitely think about the light source while doing this!:)

01-15-2010, 03:30 PM
Sketchism this is terrific and I learned something new. Thank you so much.

01-19-2010, 03:59 PM
Thanks Valerie!:)

Since I did this tutorial rather quickly, the graphics in it don't really do this technique justice. I thought I would add some more examples of this used in some of my artwork. All these are crayon on crayon as mentioned above.

01-19-2010, 10:07 PM
This is a good tutorial and you have mastered it well, but this is one area that Painter does better primarily because of having the brush creator and the many brushes. In real life I primarily use a fan brush to paint fur, hair, etc. Very light touch and lightly loaded covering a larger surface and I of course have different sizes. In painter I actually have brushes set up with a few hairs (like real life) where I can paint those hairs in quite easily.

If I am using chalk, it would require effort such as this.

I do lots of hair, dogs, people, and I find it invaluable to be able to use and create brushes specifically for that purpose.

If there is a way in AR to do that I haven't found it (create several lines of hair type strands). I have tried to adjust the various settings to simulate that, but without success. I like my brushes, so I would go back and forth between both programs to suit my needs. So if AR ever does get into more brushes, it would be nice to have one that can effectively be a sort of "rake" "fan brush" "old bristle" type brushes. They create invaluable effects for intricate painting.

I have learned from you to use the crayon for that ... I think this lesson proved what could be done beautifully with that media.

01-20-2010, 02:32 AM
Sketch, your graphics examples are outstanding and your method seems simple. Are you saying that you use a blender tool to blend each and every strand of hair??

..if not, then how do you get around the blob that comes with every thin crayon line?

Thanks for your input :)

01-20-2010, 09:37 AM
Thank you VictorianArtist for the comment! I've never used painter and I really haven't explored many different types of brushes. I hope this helps you achieve some desirable results!:)

Ah... Rowena, I forgot to mention those little blobs that can appear. They are caused from the beginning of the stroke when the pen first touches the tablet. Two ways to reduce them.

1. First, lightly place the pen on the tablet, if a blob appears (without picking up the pen) lightly rub it out. It will blend away.

2. While I am painting the strands of hair, I do it very lightly and try to minimize the amount that I lift the pen of the tablet. If I want more pressure for more color I do it after the stroke is started. This sounds complicated but it is really easy once you get the feel of it. I don't use any blending tools (blend only with the crayon). Try the crayon at different pressures to see if that helps as well. I think the key with this effect is learning how much "hand/pen" pressure to use. Like I said, I use very light hand/pen pressure and for deeper color I apply more pressure once the pen is already on the tablet and the stroke is started.

Let me know if this helps. Thank you for the feedback!:):)

01-20-2010, 01:03 PM
Sketchism, your finished work is simply breathtaking!

It's astonishing to think that this is your method,just because it sounds so simple. Obviously it's a lot of work, and the quintessential "detail work," but what results!

I will have to get busy practicing this! Thank you for sharing this!

Ann Timmy
01-20-2010, 02:26 PM
The results you get are breathtaking. Such beautiful beautiful work. :)

01-20-2010, 10:20 PM
Let me know if this helps. Thank you for the feedback!:):)

Thanks Sketch, this worked much better, thank for pointing it out :D

01-21-2010, 03:54 AM
Thanks Sketch, this worked much better, thank for pointing it out :D

Great Rowena! Thanks for letting me know and again for pointing that out. That will help others that play with this technique!;):)

01-21-2010, 03:05 PM
Thanks for this tutorial Sketchism :)

01-31-2010, 04:22 AM
This great tutorial really taught me a lot. I really appreciate your sharing your technique.

01-31-2010, 05:05 AM

When I see your work I think "Wow! How hard is that?!

It's amazing that you've provided us with a few simple steps that will help us climb the ladder towards your mastery. Thanks!


01-31-2010, 06:52 AM
Thank you so much for your tuturial, I never knew how to draw fur before!!!

02-01-2010, 02:54 AM
thanks for the great tut on the hair, while learning a new program they are so helpful :D

02-01-2010, 04:34 PM
Thank you JosepM, barnburner, Al, yortje, Sweedie, and justjean! I hope it is helpful in your artistic journey's. :D:D

Thank you Sweedie for help on the brushes (stickers), I am not very familiar with them and have only dabbled with brush creation in PhotoShop a long time ago. The fur and hair brushes in AR3 seem fabulous! I just have not ventured there with AR3 yet. Thank you!;):)

02-09-2010, 05:48 PM
Thank you for posting this! Since all I do is animals this will really be something to try!

Your work is beautiful!

Joanne :)

02-15-2010, 07:44 AM
Thank you beachpony! Your animals are terrific! Hope this can add something to your arsenal of techniques!:D

02-15-2010, 12:15 PM
I like especially how you painted the hair of the young girl , in light and very free is very realistic and beautiful !:)