How to Create Complex Fur Patterns in Watercolor

Solutions and Studies for Challenging Subjects

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Creating complex fur patterns can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be intimidating, and you can do this!

These lessons offer solutions for tackling complex parts of a painting - techniques and tools that you can apply to your own projects, so that YOU CAN DO IT YOURSELF. The course contains two parts:

PART 1: Answers to common questions and conundrums, including How to Create the Drawing, Color Mixing, How to Keep from Getting Lost, Layering Color While Avoiding Mud, Creating Contour, Terms and Troubleshooting.

PART 2: Short studies based on parts of a subject - videos in real time - showing how to tackle a specific challenge, including:

The unruly fur of Charlie, the teddy bear:

The long haired ear of Norah, the Cocker Spaniel:

The chunky fur of Tyler, the Aussiedoodle:

If you would like to learn more about creating complex fur patterns, I invite you to explore these courses:

How to Paint Curly Black Fur in Watercolor

How to Paint Curly Brown Fur in Watercolor


These techniques are based on what I have learned as a pet portrait and wildlife artist. There are many methods for tackling a subject. These work for me, and I hope you can use them as a guide in developing your own style.

As always, I welcome your questions and comments, including tips that work for you. I hope you enjoy the course!


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Rebecca Rhodes
Rebecca Rhodes

Hi! I'm Rebecca Rhodes, watercolor artist and teacher in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.

My goal is to empower, encourage, and equip - to help you learn to paint detailed, realistic subjects in watercolor so you can use these techniques to develop your own unique style!

Before becoming a full-time artist, I enjoyed a 27-year career as a public school Music Educator. In 2015, I retired from teaching to focus on painting and founded this online school in 2017. I love to teach and hope that you find these courses enjoyable and helpful. Always feel free to contact me if you have questions or suggestions.

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