I had a very well needed week off from both school and work. I did nothing really of value until today- the last day of break.
I painted a fox to study how fur reflects light. Contrary to popular style, fur actually does not have much of a specular highlight. The mass of hairs diffuses the light and breaks up specularity. Highlights are generally thin and anisotropic (seen only at certain viewing angles), much like the hair on a human’s head. Fur generally appears to be “planes” of a single value, only darker around overlapping planes. Rim lighting is incredibly effective, as the hairs along the contour pick up most of the back-light, causing a sharp glow.