Fur and pine needles get painted in similar ways. Lots of short, definite strokes. Fur you need to curve, though, and pine needles need to look bristly.
I put the snow on top of the branches with the same strokes that I used for the pine needles, but with a fatter brush. Looks like the snow is kind of settling down into the needles, doesn’t it?
Black foxes only seem to be a variant of red foxes, so they have a black undercoat and a funky light overcoat, so they look like this.
Aren’t they pretty? They remind me of a cape hunting dog, for some reason.
Anyway, I’m working from dark to light on my fox’s coat, trying to duplicate that wonderful salt-and-pepper look.