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Wednesday
Jul022008

Drawing Furry Art 101 : Introduction

 

Photoshop style Digital art

There is no right way or wrong way to draw furry art. It's as individual as you are - and as open to interpretation as any art.

 

This tutorial series will be concentrating on using Photoshop, though the techniques used will also work quite well in The GIMP and Paintshop Pro, Paint.net or many other programs.

Good News, Bad News.

Bad news:


you will not become a decent artist in five minutes, or even after a year or two, though you will undoubtedly improve a great deal much to your own delight!

To be good you will need to practice and learn to try new things. No one wakes up and says:

"Hey, today I'll buy some more coffee, maybe cook lasagna, and oh yeah, become a great artist."

Well they do but it never works out. There is no magic short cut that enables you to go from suck to great. Art requires effort. Art also requires that you learn some stuff. Worse you have to keep learning! You will not become great via scraping some poorly scribbled figures onto a page and then saying "It's my style!" - This is the 'Bullshit and hope everyone is too polite to tell me how badly I suck" school of thinking. IT's for posers and wannabes who who start out bad, and stay bad.

 

Also, if you're serious, you're going to have to invest in some tools eventually.

Mediocre news:

You'll probably still get a following if you trace Pokémon and Sonic characters, change the colours and add tits and cock. Everyone else, especially artists who put effort into their art will despise you and mock you. Five years from now you'll still be doing the same for the shrinking circle of aging fanboys and fangirls, while the next generation of posers are flooding your favourite gallery site with whatever new cartoon character the kids are jerking off over.

The good news:

There are many artists who take time out to write up tutorials on how they work, and there's a vast number of ways to work on your art. Learning the foundations will let you break free of tracing sparkledogs and tracing other people's work, and soon you'll realise how much you've improved and have an idea of what you want to try next.

Making some choices


There are, at the root of things, two different types of art that I'll deal with -

Digital and Real Media

Digital media is using a computer to create your work.

Real media is old fashioned paper, ink, pencils, glue, macaroni, glitter, sculpy, cloth, paints and so on.
The lines may cross. Scanning your art into a computer for colouring, for instance.

There is no need to pick just one, or both. Mix and match at your leisure. Some techniques and concepts are useful in both fields.

If there's soemthing you particularly want to see, use the contact form an drop me a line and I'll get you a reply or perhaps write the anser up as a tutorial!

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