by Caleb Goellner

How to Paint Fur With Paul Lasaine

Warner Bros. Production Designer Paul Lasaine has spent a career transforming live action and animated films into works of art, using traditional and digital tools to make films from Dick Tracy to Lord of the Rings to The Boxtrolls sing. 

Each film presents unique design challenges. As a Visual Development Artist on the Shrek spinoff Puss in Boots, Lasaine had to consider how actual cat fur worked in order to make Kitty Softpaws' onscreen actions as convincing as possible.

Here, Lasaine passes on his digital painting technique in Photoshop on his Cintiq, showing you how to:

- Think about strokes

- Consider lighting

- Customize a Photoshop brush

- Lock transparent pixels

- Paint using layers



For more tutorials, visit the Wacom YouTube channel.