How to Paint Animals Hair and Fur Colors – Learning to Paint

Just like humans, animals also have their individual uniqueness such that no two are identical. There are numerous differences seen in fur, hair, color and texture. An animal’s fur color is seldom one tone. All reflections, shadows, as well as highlights enhance the variation in color. Do you want to learn more ideas and guidelines in creating basic paint formulas for obtaining the correct fur colors? If you do, then read on.

The first thing that we should consider is what may be the trickiest color for fur. That would be white. However, take note that white fur is not pure white. Thus, it would be best if you always add other colors to the white. In order to create a cool variation, you might want to add a touch of black in order to come up with a soft gray. On the other hand, if what you want is a warm tone, then you can add a little amount of burnt umber. While working on your layers, you will be lightening this white. Pure white may be the placed as highlights to your very final layers.

Next thing that we should do is to create brown fur tones. In order to come up with browns, begin with white and then add red and burnt umber. For dark brown fur, you should add more burnt umber. As for red fur just like those that a fox or cat has, you can create the same by starting with the brown mixture and later adding cadmium red medium to it. If you want some red fur variations, you can choose to add more or less burnt umber and cadmium.

Lots of animals also have yellow tones in their fur or hair. To place them in your paintings, make use of a light brown mixture and then add some cadmium yellow medium. The amount of yellow or burnt umber you make use of determines the value you create.

Last but not the least, one of the basic animal fur colors is black. Similar to white, black fur is never pure black. In order to create a nice mixture which you can do to reflect areas of a shorthaired animal, mix black with Prussian blue and then add a touch of cadmium yellow. Such combination works beautifully if what you desire is a very sleek shiny cool look. If, however, what you desire to create is a warmer look, then combine black with cadmium red and alizarin crimson.

Above all, you can still do some experiments with color before you apply them to your final painting. You should always practice first on paper. Do so by starting with light values and then darken them. Thereafter, create color scales for each of the basic animal fur colors.

Always bear in mind that painted animal hair and fur colors must intimately match your subject. Make use of the colors mentioned in this article to start. After which, add pigment to go with the color needed. The most important thing of course is to have fun and enjoy learning to paint animals.

If you want to see more interesting paintings of animals, you might want to visit any abstract art gallery. You will find various abstract art paintings of animals there. You will be able to see various ways of painting of animals. Who knows, you might also learn some animal painting strategies from the gallery paintings.

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