just make a shading layer, or make a clipping group over the flat layer and then lasso tool the main shadowed area.Then I use a large eraser in SAI and make little lines ,but the thicker you do the erasing the fluffier it make the fur looks
Useful refs are indeed hard to come by, sometimes I just try to wing it and end up scrapping things Dx And I'm sure you'll do a good job with a lil practice! I find paints really hard to control, where's my irl ctrl+z when I need it? ._.
The more you work on something, the quicker and easier it will be to draw it the next time As for digi art, it takes time , there are many tutorials that can teach you the basics of photoshop and SAI , then once you know the basics you can move onto more elaborate things ^^ For so long I was afraid to use photoshop and layers and stuff , now I need it xD Maybe I should stream my art sometime and show people what I mean...
Well the next time I stream I'll put a poll up so that people can visit ^^ I've seen some of your work , you're honestly not bad at all ^^ very promising, and I like how you work on different creatures rather than me who only ever draws wolves x3x