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DRAWING FUR – how to draw the fluffy fur of an animal

teacher avatar Barbara Baumann, Illustrator & Drawing Tutor

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (40m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Creating pattern

    • 3. Fur type: shaggy

    • 4. Fur type: long

    • 5. Fur type: short

    • 6. Fur type: curled

    • 7. The sketch

    • 8. The fluffy fur of the rabbit

    • 9. Your Project

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When drawing wooly animals it’s all about fur. In this class you are going to learn how to draw different styles of animal hair - from short to long and shaggy. After the basic introduction of different hair styles, we are going to draw a rabbit, whose hair shows different styles in length and color.

At the end of this class you will know how to draw furry animals and how to express their different fur styles.


Barbara Baumann is an Austrian artist and illustrator. She is teaching drawing classes since 2015 and is enthusiastic about showing the students how they could express themselves by drawing and finding their own style of drawing.



  • Pencils: ideally 6B, 2B, HB
  • Sheets of paper: A4 or A3, the size is not important, choose the size you prefer
  • Eraser, and ideally a kneaded eraser
  • Blending stick (if you don’t have one, no problem: in my Class DIY Blending Stick ( https://skl.sh/2PZVaVH ) I show you how to make one)
  • Pad (a make-up remover pad) or a tissue


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Barbara Baumann

Illustrator & Drawing Tutor


Hello and welcome! My name is Barbara Baumann. 
I am an award-winning illustrator and drawing tutor from Austria.
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1. Introduction: Hello and welcome to my glass drawing for how to draw their fluffy for often animal. My name is Barbara Bowman and I'm in Austin artist and illustrator. I'm illustrating books as well as magazines. I'm also doing fashion illustration and illustrative branding when drying animals. It's impossible to avoid the topic. For there are so many different furry animal species in the world. The appearances are completely different. That's why I'll show you know how to draw different for styles from the long, thick, curled hair off sheeps, the shaggy hair off a bear or the short for for Puma. After basic introduction of different hairstyles, we're going to draw a rabbit whose hair shows different stars in length and color concerning the material. I tried to keep it a same place possible in order to decrease the time needed for preparation. The fur isn't drawn all it wants, but in different layers. So we will need different pencils, a soft oneness, six p, for example, and harder ones with a higher sheriff plea. Toby, your three b RL age be so the more we will need a makeup, remove a pet or tissue for planning, but the most important tool for grating for will be the planning stick. If you don't have a Blanding stick, numerous in my 10 minute class stood yourself planning stick. I'll show you how to make one yourself for the more we will need in the race and, ideally, needed a razor and a sheet of paper. Medium texture. The size of the paper isn't important. You're choosing the one that is best fitting for your drawing style for a glass pro check. I'd like you to Jews and vote off for animal, but you can also download the vote off this little rabbit. But I've used Assim Odle in this video. In the download field. You can also find the exercise sheet for grating pattern with a pencil as well as the different for types. I'm looking forward to welcoming you in this class. What start 2. Creating pattern: lesson one grating pattern with a pencil before going into for details, have a little pattern exercise for you. This helps you to learn more about your material and those about the differences off their effects. I felt actually a sheet for exercising in the download field here. I've listed some drawing techniques. It will have a closer look at these techniques. Now we're starting with hatching with a red Erhardt pencil like a toupee. We're drawing the lines quickly without hesitation. No matter if the lines are always parallel. It's more about the drive off the line because this clearly influences the overall picture , said Downed has a date when drawing for grass hatching. We're continuing this drawing style with this spelled lines, and we add some layers starting from different angles. This enables to great different shades reaching from bright. It was only one layer to very dark, with several layers. The next method is scribbling, which means that we're drawing you circles, scribbling around without the clear path of drawing in mind. You can apply different kind of pressures on it while keeping on scribbling. Here's a soft pounds like a six be wonderful to work with, you can apply different kind of pressure on the Panza while keeping on scribbling. We continue the six be for the next drawing method. We're shading with a self Poundland, much ing the graph it with a makeup remover. Pet took it in more homogeneous surface. If you don't have a pet, you can use a Titian's that for the next technique willows and neither shading with a six B as a basis. The needed a razor is than a wonderful tool for grating different kind of pattern, as we can shape its form in such a flexible way. Using the air raise and read a flat form creates an absolutely different pattern compared to read appointed shape court. This narrow longest shape for the more the pressure we put on the pants can be extremely that mining the overall appearance here, I'm drawing a continuous line but alternating the pressure in the Penza and that a drawing method is the great kind of stains, which can be wonderfully done with a soft Pantsil like the six p this great and amazing petal with a certain gifts. Stippling is always a way to use the pencil for pattern creation, all these tiny little dots. Great one coherent image. It is also created with a pencil, but its effect is completely different to the stains. For example, while all these drawing exercises are kind of open ended, there's an endless number of techniques that you can dry out yourself. I've edit this sketchbook sheet as well as the list of drawing exercises in the download field so I can bring did out it. Well, create the pattern directly on this sheet and what you have here, this referenced if you meet him. 3. Fur type: shaggy: Lesson two for type shaggy, The for for an animal isn't just one type of Phifer, but there is an endless number of different has stars the long, shaggy hair off a bear or the short cut style off a C. Prum or the amazing black and white pattern office noli apart on the cute girls off alarm. So let's break down the notion for the basic definition for his hair that covers the skin off many animals for protection reasons for sensory purposes, waterproofing as well as for temer regulations. That's what A for has always different appearance. The colors. ALS at the panel on different reasons. I come a flowers six. Well, selection or communication and for covering all these different first tiles, I have choosen four types of first that you will have closed the look on here. You can print these examples if I like to draw them directly with me. They are also in the download field here. It is important that you know that we won't copy these first trials one by one, but we analyze its characteristics and its structure, or this is that makes the specific First I'll so special has it straight or poor lines. It's the color uniforms sustained, so we'll have a closer look in these styles to know better how to draw them. Let's start with the 1st 1 and extremely well aversion. Thick, wrecked kind of hair, like the hair for buffalo Roy Allama in order to capture these thick bundles off here we are using shades. There are clear pride areas and dark shades between them. So let's focus on these main tuitions with a six B. We mark very softly the main shady parts of this, for we leave out the bright bundles of hair and dry around them, the darker areas. They're a great the first rough first structure this way. For the next step, we need a very fine. We increase the darkness of the shady part. When you look at the picture closely, use a strong contrast between the background hair and the hair in front, like this part to you, the transition from dark to bride areas and always fluent. But there are some clear lines that greater contrast, and they form this hairstyle. So these contrasting areas are our guidelines for shading integrating this shaggy hairstyle as soon as the base extract off the hair strong, regulating one layer after the other in order to achieve a more distinctive shading off the different parts of the hair. So the shady parts of getting dark and darker, but nothing that homogeneous way we keep the direction off the hair. But we put different pressure on the pounds off when drawing the here so that the different Cheney parts and more distinctive from each other, you can use a sharp six p or harder pounds, like a three p in order to draw final lines. - The planning stick is a wonderful tool for grating a smooth surface, so it's perfect for grating in more fluffy style. Off the hair we're retracing the shades was a blanding stick by keeping in mind not to draw over the brightest parts of the for as we need to keep the contrast, the next layer is about the fine details. Here we can work with the HP, for example, as its tip keeps on being sharpened in the six p. That would be the high amount of play which grates a harder, but it was a more grayish tip, so we combined the dark but thicker lines off the six p was the Charlotte rail lines of the HP and the three p this way we're grating, shaky for parts with more deaths, but they are looking to uniform the large bride. Parts of this hair Bunches are still here, but some strands off, hair off, different darkness, great dim or three dimensional effect. 4. Fur type: long: lesson three for type belong. I have selected another first hour for you, but it's rather similar to the human one. It's a long hair style, like the one of horses or lions gorillas. It is important to keep the flowing style off it in. The drawing was catching there for the main waves with a soft pounds so that we won't interrupt the flow off the hair late. My orientation points heroes a dark areas. The blinding stick is heroes. I helpful tool for great in your more harmonic structures. To him, the blending stick indicates here the first shades, roughly when you look closer to the airwaves, have started to draw. You see that the waves comprised different shades here in the top issue here, reflecting the light, whereas the hair coming from underneath has darker shading that is slower getting brighter . The same for the hair wave about these shades at general tendencies. Independent off single dark strands of hair, we dark in the hair now step by step with a sharpened six people by drawing lines with different pressure depend on with different length. You keep the direction off the whole hair waves, but we're right the length of the lines. So let's do this for a whole part of the hair were drawing. Have selected this part of the here just for your information so that you can better follow the drawing faces I'm doing as drawing here means drinking faces. We rework the drawing with a planning stick by keeping this same direction and leaving out the bride. The areas for the fine details, the difference plans off. Here we continue with the heart of pencil. In the very fine tip, we're putting again different pressure on the pencil in or degrade the more three dimensional effect. It's hear more about the little differences off each strand of hair. The over relieve, with its basic shading, is already done. The details, such as here that goes a little bit in a different direction, can be drawn now with this harder Panza 5. Fur type: short: lesson for for type short. The next for type is very short, like the fur off See bra's or off some cows or or often no copy. For example, this one could be differ off a puma, and in that case it really is. So if you have a close look in it, we see the specific characteristics off the pure, its first tinged with dark brown, and there are also some very bright for parts in it. So let's start with the creation of the basic pattern, which is again a six B as this pound of grades, so smooth lines. But this time the lines are very short. The director is real stable, but the lines are short and quickly drawn. The pressure in the pantless different, but the length is constantly short. This effect isn't instantly visible here, but you will soon see that the overall impression is completely different to the other types. Off the hair that we've drawn before your mother ready, guess that the next tool we're using will be the planning stick esta for is tinged with dark brown. We can wonderful, great the different shades of brown here. What's the planning stick this great sustained affect. In order to strengthen this effect, we continue this shorelines with a sharpened heart pants. We're adding hundreds off tiny little short lines to this pattern, so some are slightly longer. But the main problem is very short. It is also very helpful to hold on for a short moment and to look at the for pattern from a distance. If the effect is really the one, we would like to chief the short lines, I'm drawn in the uniformly all over the for but our kind of grouped so that there are some much brighter parts in between. Like this one. These brighter parts are influencing the whole pattern fundamentally for finishing this first, I'll use again the planning stick to great, more concurrent so face. 6. Fur type: curled: less than five for type girl, The final First I'll let it. I would like to look with you more so roughly is the curled first I'll. It will instantly think of sheeps in this moment, but there are many other animals with this kind of forest. Well, for example, the Cooley had pig or the Galloway cows or, well, some dogs as well. So let's have a closer look on this. First, I'll so that we can draw all these animals and many more. The dark areas are again very helpful orientation for the basic structure. The girls aren't as clear in the lines as the 34 types were already analyzed before, due to all the fine here, twisted in any direction, the for appears tussled and fussy. We're not yet drawing this fuzziness, but leave out these areas but only indicating the shapes off the girls as the hair is very fine. You were working a lot with a planning stick. It wasn't help us to enhance the first impression. This time. We used the planning sticking to read a loose and unstructured way. Every direction off drawing is possible and welcome as it increases the fussiness that death off the for is created by the sharp tip off a six b. I'm indicating here for you when I'm actually in this for fussiness. That could be easier for you to follow this way. But as I've already said at the beginning off this study, it's not necessary to copy the hair one by one. So for us, it's more important that captured the main characteristics and the structure, so we analyse refer this way. But it's absolutely not important that each hair is thrown at the exact place off the photo . It's more important to keep this overall impression off the first style. Which line should be drawn in order to create this fluffy fussiness? That's what it is about. That's really to know what makes it so fluffy and fuzzy on which lines to a Needham a drawing to create it. In that case, it is important to draw not too clear lines, but work a lot with the planning stick 7. The sketch: Lesson six. Sketching the Rabbit. Let's test now, a knowledge gained from this for analysis but drawing a furry animal a rabbit. But before we can draw the for, we need to focus on this catch. First of all, we're roughness. Catching the rabbit with basic shapes because you don't want to get lost in the details was so much hair I'm doing this year rather quickly by showing you some basic garlands. If you would like to go into detail for the holes catching, Bro says, I can offer you mass culture class sketching, where I'm explaining more about the proportions and the helpful use off basic shapes. If you have a closer look under rabbit here, you can see that there are some simple forms and got our lines that will help us to construct this animal. The basic shape a circle comprises a large part and self says a good orientation help. On the left side of this circle is a red, a straight line defining the body Merah's. The right body shape is more abo, starting approximately in the middle of the head circle. When it split their head in half the position off its right eye and the nose can be detected wonderfully. So let's do it is on paper. We're starting with this Cirque and split it in half in order to define the position off its I. This older gifts doesn't at the year off the precision off its nose to make a short summer . PM The circle is a good place to start a drawing and serves as an orientation for further steps. When we split the circle in half, then there was any eyes can be position to you. Drawing a vertical line from the nose downwards gives us Anna dear, about the body of the rabbit. This catch years drawn really fine because it's only the base for the foot drawing, so the line should not be too strong. Otherwise, they're hard to remove later. Especially the furry parts like the back of its head should not be drawn to strong, because we will need the white open space to great the fluffy nous. The size of the body can be deducted, but taking the ready drone head is an orientation. The length of the head can be measured with a pencil. The tip off the Panza is on the upper side of the head. My finger marks the end of the head. We keep the thing on the pounds will and measure if the body has the same size or bigger. In that case, it's likely bigger we adopt. It's measuring results now in our drawing, as we have to find the length of the animal, we can deduct the position off the feet as well as the rest of the body. Before we now continue with the detailed for drawing, it is important to take a step back and control the hell's catch. Are all proportions correct? The size of the head, the position off the year on the nose? I'm correcting here. The position off the I these kind of corrections are much easier to make when everything is still drawn with rough lines. 8. The fluffy fur of the rabbit: Lesson seven. Fluffy fur off the rabbit. Let's have a closer look at the first structure off this rabbit. His head has read a short hair, especially around the eyes and on his nose. We can have lie here. The technique of the short first style that we've analyzed before the heck rose direction is an essential feature that we need to take on the consideration when drawing the for. We need to follow those directions. We'll have a look on the special for part later in this class before we start with, the details were removed. Part of the graph it with the needed a razor. The basic should be visible, but only in very bright lines for your orientation. As I've found it in the previous first styles, I'm starting here as well with the darker areas in order to great some orientation points and defer. It was a wonderful way to control if have drawn the proportions, right. So if there is the right distance between nose and I, for example, this distance is much easier to estimate when we at the first lady of the for Pattern, as we've still a very rough drawing style, we can easily corrected proportions. This way. My main orientation, this first for drawing faith are the darker parts, like the clearer definition off the position off the I and the related position off the year. Next it Andi, the striking pattern at the top of his head and the next layer is somebody planning stick. We can use the Griff it off the darker for parts in order to draw with a planning stick. As the planet stick doesn't have its own Griff it this matching greater, very soft race that is a wonderful base for a fluffy effect. In general, it's a good method to draw from the upper left corner to the lower right corner when right handed, because I'm not smudging the profit with my hand. When you're left handed, it's vice versa. That's one beginning with the details on the left year off the rabbit, for that's matching the first CrossFit layers off the for of his my hand. I'm using a blank sheet of paper, even though the ear is really dark. I'm not immediately drawing darkness right at the beginning. It's a step by step roses. When the look closer to this dark parts of the year, you'll see that there are many different light effects. The bright parts look like little staircase is surrounded by the dark for, and that's why we're drawing layers. The first layer was for creating a dark griffin basis for the whole year. The second layer is more about the different dark areas of the year. This can be done with the fine dip off a six p, for example, a big challenge. Other whiskers as there are so fine they're not completely white here. But as the ear is so dark, it would nevertheless be very difficult to great him with a razor afterwards. That's why we are leaving them out. I'm drawing a little space for the whiskers. The space is larger than the whiskers, but it is an approach we're drawing closer and closer to the whiskers until we reach the ideal thickness off them. When we're reworking the you with the planning stick, we keep in mind that the dark areas are all off the same darkness and well, that the whiskers should be left out Well, if grated you're planning stick by yourself. You couldn't make one that is a bit longish because this shape makes it easier to us much the CrossFit without destroying the slightly brighter areas off it, as we have done in the short first, I'll before we're drawing the hair with very short lines and of a Ryan pressure on the pencil, as this layer is still a very basically you for differ. I'm using this soft a Charton six b Many little lines Great the overall for picture off its head. We keep in mind. The differ has specific roast directions. We're continuing to work with the planning stick by keeping these directions be aware off, leaving out bright apart off the for When you're using the blandings, take too much, you're risking too great. A 200 chinos first style. The single lines should still be possible. Let's have a look. Immigration off these single hair strands that make up together the fluffy. For when I'm drawing a darker here. It is not completely dark because I'm variety the pressure on the pencil. Sometimes I'm drawing upwards but reducing the pressure on the pencil so that the hair is slightly fading out in getting bright. Sometimes I'm going downwards and fading out so that the effect is created that the hair is coming out of the for. So it is fading out again because the rest of the here is invisible anymore, but disappearing between the other strands of hair for bright apart. Off the here I'm doing the same, but with less brush on the pencil, and it is important to not completely fill it with short lines but a leaf out some space. These strands off here will be drawn then, with the planning stick drying their strands of hair and gross direction means that we do not catch the lines in a completely parallel way, but in slightly different angles to achieve more natural impression. It's not about copying one by one, but creating a similar pattern. So, for example, if not drawn the whiskers exactly in the same place, So it's not about copying exactly one hair after the other, but it's more about understanding what the structure of this for is made off. So what is important to draw too great this fluffy nous, which lines unnecessary So it's not each hair that needs to be drawn to greatest effect, but it's in general more important to understand the characteristics of this hair style. What makes this first of fluffy? How can it see that it is nevertheless, read a short. How are the darkest brands off the hair integrated in the for what is more dominant, the dark parts or modern bride departs the eyes extremely dark, but when you look closer, you see that there are light reflections and different shades of gray. We use a six B, therefore for drawing the darkest parts of the I like the left part of the eye as well as the area toe. What's the islands? The islets are ready dark, but there is nevertheless a clear difference to the eye itself. The eyes accentuated by dark hair around this can be achieved. Batting darkest runs off hair one after the other. - The right used the next one in our diagonal from upper left to lower. Right here. We have a lot of darker here, so the first layers, rather dark already be aware of living out enough strands of hair. They will get some grief it with the planning stick. Drawing here means to get fully into this drawing risen and well, it's for me. It's kind of meditation. Prose is a swell because the structure is already done. So it's more about filling out this catch with hundreds off little lines, the I the year and everything. It's all in the correct place, so we can really focus on the details. Well, it's one layer after the island. It's a born of footwork. I hope you enjoy this well. The lower chou is covered with white fur. Instead of drawing it, we're leaving it out, a kind of negative space drawing rep aerating the form of the white hair but only drawing the dark background off the tourism. It's all about the contrast. The darker were drawing the hair of tolls of the bright and more distinctive appears the white for be a rare off, not drawing too much off the dark hair because in order, chief this fluff in us off the white Here, it's important to give it space. Some white strands of hair, me to stick out a bit. The rest of the body has clearly longer here. This goes more in the director of the first L number two that you have analyzed before. The lines are clearly long in the shades between the hair. US well, but their procedure nevertheless. It's the same. An alternate in use of the blinding stick and the different pans of six b three b and H p on the clear contrast you to the shading. - I'm constantly correctly first tell, so that the overall impression off it is harmonic concerning differ grows in the color shades. So here is our rabbit, covered with fluffy hair. 9. Your Project: less than eight Your project for a class project. I'd like you to choose a photo off a furry animal. Feel free to download the photo off the little rabbit. And to draw this form is we have tended in the video. Now you can also find in the download field exercise She does well is therefore different for types, it would be also MIF You upload your project afterwards so that we can see it and talk about it You can also posted on Instagram Please take me so that I can find it and share it in my stories. And well, I'm looking forward to your drawing seven I stayed by