Painting fur and hair – new video

Hi everyone. I just uploaded a 3 min video showing me painting this guys chin on my wildlife art YouTube channel. Hope some find it of use 🙂


How to Paint Animals – New Snow Leopard Painting

Just started this new Snow Leopard Painting.

This first photo shows the basic underpainting done in Acrylic paints as it dries so much quicker than oils.

The painting is for sale – please email me for full details –


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Thanks to Steve Tracy for the great ref photo

Painting Fur – part two – wildlife art

Update 13th May 2013

I have just released my brand new painting ebook – How to Paint Fur

Its full of EVERYTHING you need to know to be able to confidently Paint Fur today!

Full detail s on my advanced fur painting techniques site or click the photo below


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advanced fur painting techniques

Hi everyone,
The question I get asked more than any other by beginners is “How to paint thin lines for fur etc”.

So I thought it might be of use to post a page from my wildlife art ebooks here, just to explain how I get around the problem.

Where I find most beginners go wrong is that they immediately think that to paint fine lines they need to either use a very small brush, or something like a rigger and they also think they will need to thin the paint down with medium almost to a water consistency.

Both these ways have dissadvantages though (IMHO).

By using a tiny brush you will only get 1 or 2 strokes before you will need to load up the brush again, and when you consider how many hairs need to be painted on the usual wildlife painting, that is going to be a problem – big time.

By thinning the paint down lots with medium the paint become transparent or semi transparent, which usually means that the paint hardly shows up etc.

So I have found over the years, that it is usually better to keep the paint nice and thick, use a fairly large brush, and load it by dragging 1st one side, then the other through the paint to make a chissled edge, then wet the painting surface with a tiny amount of medium (I’m using Alkyd Walnut medium at the moment). In fact It’s probably easier for you to see in the pics below

Don’t get me wrong, I also use a rigger, but that is usually reserved for the final hair details or for very long fur strokes.

Hope some find this of use.


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How to Paint Fur – Texture (short fur)

Note – Update 2013

I have just released my New Learn to Paint Animals eBook

Details are on my “learn to paint oils” Tutorial site

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I’ve been asked about painting fur lots of times, and I thought it might be useful to start a new post and show another example.

I took this one from my Learn to Paint wildlife in oils ebook, but there are other examples on my other ebooks too.

These are just screen grabs so I hope the quality is still OK to read when I upload them here. I’ll put in some extra text to explaine it all a little more

Hope it’s helpful

If the photos are not large enough to read try clicking them and they should open in a new window 🙂

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I guess I shoul dreally be asking everyone to download my ebook sfor all these details, but I guess it is Xmas coming up 🙂 so hope you like it

And if you would like to read more about painting wildlife you can click here

Tiger Painting – Painting the stripes and fur

Here I have continued to work on the tiger painting. I have only used 2 or 3 different brushes on the painting so far, there really is only the suggestion of detail so far. By painting in the black stripes 1st I won’t lose them later during the blocking in stages.