Similar to a human hair, the fur is a thick growth of hair that covers the skin of various animals. It is also the primary distinctive feature of mammals.
Learning how to draw a fur is important especially if you’re planning to draw a furry animal. In order to make it appear realistic, you must be able to draw elaborate furs.
Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place. We have created a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw a fur, summed up in 9 quick and easy steps.
What’s more, each instruction comes with an illustration to make the process a lot easier for you to follow!
Have fun drawing a realistic looking fur!
How to Draw a Fur – Let’s get started!
Start by drawing a slightly curved downward line on the upper left side of your paper. Then, draw an upward curve beginning from the bottom endpoint of the line we drew just now.
When drawn correctly, the figure should look like a pointed clump of fur. This creates the topmost layer of fur on the left side.
Step 2 – Draw the Topmost Part of the Fur
Repeat the previous step on the opposite side to draw a similar figure. This forms a layer of fur on the right side, creating the topmost part of the fur.
Don’t worry if the first layer of fur on both sides aren’t completely identical! Furs don’t necessarily have to be uniform as long as they follow the same structure.
As a matter of fact, the more uneven the furs are, the more realistic they look.
Step 3 – Next, Add a Second Layer of Fur
Draw another pointed clump of fur right underneath the very first one we drew. This creates the second layer of fur on the left side.
Keep in mind that the layers of fur should be directly connected to each other. They may overlap sometimes, but that’s okay.
Step 4 – Draw Another Fur on the Left Side
Beginning from the endpoint of the fur we drew in the previous step, draw a slightly curved line heading downwards.
This forms the half of the last layer of fur on the left side, which we’ll be completing on the next step.
Step 5 – Complete the Left Side of the Fur
Draw another curve line connected to the line we drew previously. This should form a V-shaped figure, creating the final layer of fur on the left side.
At this point, the fur should now be completed halfway through as its left side is finished.
Step 6 – Draw the Bottom Part of the Fur
Draw a short line going downwards beginning from the endpoint of the fur we drew previously.
Keep in mind that this line should not be longer than the fur we drew in the previous step.
Step 7 – Draw the Fur on the Opposite Side
Moving forward to the right side, draw a curved line with its tip directly connected to the short line we drew in the last step. This forms the bottom layer of fur on the right side.
Now, we’ll be working our way upwards to complete the structure of the fur.
Step 8 – Add More Fur on the Right Side
From the top endpoint of the fur we drew previously, draw a short downward curved line.
Bear in mind that this line should not be any longer than half an inch, as shown in the illustration above.
Step 9 – Now, Finalize the Fur’s Structure
Draw a curved line going upwards starting from the endpoint of the line we drew in the previous step. This line should connect to the endpoint of the topmost fur, finally completing the form of the fur.
As you can see, the fur is complete at last. Now, all it’s missing is a splash of colors to make it colorful!
There you have it—you have successfully drawn a realistic looking fur! That means, it’s finally time for the most exciting part, which is choosing the colors and coloring the fur!
Fur comes in a wide range of colors, and its color primarily depends on what kind of animals its attached to.
Thus, you have complete freedom over which colors to use! Feel free to use any color you like. You can even use a light color paired with a darker color to create the illusion of shadow!
Have fun playing with colors and watch as the fur ultimately comes to life!
4 More Ways To Make Your Fur Drawing Unique
Find out how to make your fur drawing even better with these tips we have for you!
Right now, the fur in this fur sketch is not attached to anything, but we can easily fix that. In this first tip, we would suggest adding it to an item of clothing.
For instance, you could use the fur as the tail of a raccoon hat! Or, you could add many more clumps of fur like the one we draw to form the base of a fancy coat.
These are just a few ideas, but what else could you add this fur to?
For a different angle to this drawing of fur, you could also add it to a living creature. We shall stick to a raccoon for this first example, as that is one animal that would be adorable to portray!
Or, maybe it could be a cute squirrel or even something as exotic as a red panda. These are just some of the animals you could use!
Another angle would be to create your very own creature that could have this fluffy tail.
We kept it pretty small in this fur drawing, but another way to make it more unique would be by making it much larger. This would be pretty easy to do once you have mastered this drawing!
Simply follow the steps of the guide and make the furry tail longer with some pointy sections as you did for this smaller one. This will also open it up to adding the tail to some larger animals or items of clothing.
Lastly, you could experiment with different crafts and art tools in order to make this image even more interesting. These could include more standard art tools such as paints, colored pens or markers.
If you wanted to really make it stand out, then there are other ideas to try! For instance, you could buy some felt, fleece or furry material from a craft store and then stick it onto your drawing.
That would make the drawing fun to touch as well as look at!
Your Fur Drawing is Complete!
We hope you enjoy this step-by-step fur drawing tutorial. Now that you can draw a fur, perhaps you can draw a furred animal with beautiful, detailed furs next?
We have a lot of drawing tutorials of different kinds of animals. So, go ahead and check out our “How to Draw” catalog to explore exciting drawing tutorials! What kind of animal would you like to draw?
Don’t forget to show off your masterpiece once you’re done drawing and coloring a fur! Take a photo of your colored drawing and post it on our Facebook page and Pinterest.
Don’t be embarrassed about your artwork, we’re sure it looks impressive! Also, you’ve worked hard for it, so it’s absolutely worth sharing!
We can’t wait to see your fluffy fur drawing!