Painting Fur – With Only the Round Brush

Posted on 2012/06/20 at 00:36 by daarken 26 Comments

In this video Daarken shows you how to paint fur using only the round brush. The purpose of this tutorial is to show that the brush you use doesn’t matter. Even though you need to paint something that is light and fluffy, you can still accomplish it using only the round brush. No layer effects were used in this video, only opaque painting on normal layer modes. The only effect used was a gaussian blur for the background.

This video is sped up by 4x.

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26 Comments on "Painting Fur – With Only the Round Brush"

  1. NabuCoo · 2012/06/20 at 03:11 · Reply

    Really helpful video, thanks a lot!

  2. Dave · 2012/06/20 at 05:51 · Reply

    yeah super helpful. when i was a complete noob i was overwhelmed thinking i had to use a certain brush or a certain effect… instead of practicing my actual painting i was practicing different little tricks and stuff.

  3. Carlos Arthur · 2012/06/20 at 11:48 · Reply

    the brush is not the technique

  4. Nahe · 2012/06/20 at 13:19 · Reply

    Hahahahaha I love the dog face, it is your dog Daarken?

    Nice video man.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/06/20 at 14:38 · Reply

      Yup, that is my dog!

  5. Lukas · 2012/06/20 at 13:53 · Reply

    Do you have a link to the artist who used the smoke brush-only? I’d really like to see that!

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/06/20 at 14:38 · Reply

      Sorry, in the video I mentioned I couldn’t remember who the artist was, so I don’t have a link.

  6. Thyago · 2012/06/21 at 07:34 · Reply

    Hi, Darken,

    In the video you says that your opacity jitter is set to pen pressure, that’s fine. And how about your flow jitter? Is he set to pen pressure or is off? ‘Cause when i’m using both opacity/flow set to pen pressure the opacity is really low, and I have to put too much pressure on the tablet.

    Give me some advice!

    Thanks a lot.

    Greetings from BR.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/06/21 at 10:22 · Reply

      I think both are set to pen pressure. You can always try adjusting your pressure sensitivity through the Wacom preferences under the control panel (PC) or system preferences (Mac).

  7. mark1up · 2012/06/21 at 11:51 · Reply

    Great stuff :)So using smaller brush is the way to go on tightening up :)This might be a good way to stop me using the air brush so much..arghhh that brush has mystical powers to keep making me use it …must resist!!.Also Daarken any more premium content tutorials coming soon?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/06/21 at 16:45 · Reply

      Not at the moment. Work is pretty insane, so I haven’t had time to work on any new ones.

  8. Johnny · 2012/06/21 at 13:25 · Reply

    Hey Daarken, I’m a beginner and I actually tried doing this project on my own but I failed pretty bad. You said to try and not to use pure white and pure black but I’m having trouble actually seeing what color is on the dog, like around the eyes and stuff I know you put purple, but do you ever use pure black? Also I think I’ve created a mess out of the painting I made since I wasn’t sure how to work the gradient. Maybe you can help me out.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/06/21 at 16:45 · Reply

      Oh yeah, I use pure white and pure black at times. There isn’t anything wrong with it as long as you know how to use them correctly.

  9. Dustin Burdick · 2012/06/21 at 19:05 · Reply

    I love the style of this painting. I’ve always liked art that’s a mix of loose and tight. One of my favorite painters is Alyssa Monks. If you haven’t heard of her you should look her up. The background music was a little intense though. It was really competing with your voice.
    Actually, no reason to make you search for Alyssa Monks. If you’re interested here’s her website.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/06/21 at 19:31 · Reply

      Thanks for the link!

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/06/23 at 11:45 · Reply

      Nope, but those are cool too! :)

  10. Khasis Lieb - Caricature · 2012/06/27 at 07:06 · Reply

    Hey Daarken!
    You’re the man! Great stuff, hair and fur are soooo tricky, nice to see how YOU do! Thanks

    i was wondering if you could say (or write somewhere) how much time do you speed up the videos? (for each post actually)

    i know you said the painting took +-45 min at the end.
    but as the info comes at the end of the viewing, it’s hard for me (and maybe others?) to get the speed.

    And as i watch tutorials like this, i fall into the trap of the speed, and sometimes after, when i begin to draw, i tend to try to paint too quickly, and take time to “behave”.

    I don’t know if i’ m very clear ^^

    thanks man!

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/06/27 at 11:22 · Reply

      Yeah I can do that. The video is sped up by 4 times since the video is 12 minutes long and the actual painting took me about 45-50 minutes.

  11. mathias · 2012/06/28 at 07:55 · Reply

    Hey Daarken!! thanks for the videos they always help much, I’m starting in digital painting and started the brushes that you provided on your site, I think I’m able to evolve slowly enough.
    Thank you!

    Ps.: Sorry the bad english

  12. Kitsufire · 2012/08/14 at 10:12 · Reply

    Hey you mentioned that you sometimes start in greyscale, i found this very helpful as well in my own paintings but when i try to color it (put a layer with “color” mode over the grey layer)the color ends up washed out and poorly incorporated it messes up all the shadows midtones and highlights i established in the greyscale and ruins the smooth look.

    I would be eternally grateful if you could do a video about your conversion from grey to color and if thats to much to ask please please reply to me to help me out?
    thanks ^^

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/08/14 at 11:39 · Reply

      Adding color isn’t a one step process. You won’t be able to add color on a single color layer and have it look nice and finished. It takes me many many hours to convert my greyscale image to color using many different layer modes as well as painting opaquely in color on top of everything. Adding color through layer modes is just the starting point, not the end point. I actually go through the process in all of my premium tutorials, but I will try to cover it in a tutorial in the future. It might take me a couple more months before I can create any new tutorials though.

  13. yyj · 2012/11/05 at 21:56 · Reply

    I can not see how ah

  14. D · 2012/12/09 at 12:23 · Reply

    hello daarken! thanks for uploading very useful tutorial.

    can you explain about black in digital painting?

    I always save black/black for the last moment but sometimes my blackblack looks lighter than other black such as puplish black smething like that.

    and I have problem on color in multiply mode. as I go darker in multiply layer, from some point colors start breaking. can’t go darker. so i color pick that area, then it’s like 80% black.


    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/12/09 at 13:24 · Reply

      Hm, I’m not really sure. You might want to check your monitor settings, color settings, or color profile.

  15. Akshat · 2013/01/15 at 09:21 · Reply

    awesome dude very helpfull

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