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Shortpile seams and pile length variation

I have always made heads using longpile and shaved it down, but this next head i’m planning I’m going to use short and long furs with the intent of not shaving an inch, as I think it’ll create a smooth finish quite easily. I’ve run into two curiosities in my pursuit  

  -How do I make sure handsewn shortpile doesn’t dramatically show seams, or is this not an issue? I am familiar with the matrices tutorial on making short fur more seamless using machine sewing, but it’s not really applicable to hand sewn fur like I do on my heads. Is this even an issue with handsewing, does the fur still get caught in the seams and create an awkward gap? My instinct is it’ll be fine but I wanted to double check! 

  -pile length variant. An interesting point of working with short fur is the dramatic transition between short and long furs without gradations, i was wondering things like how to go about ears? The ears will be semi-floppy (like on a collie or Australian Shepard) so would a stylistic approach like long at the bottom short at the top look good or jarring? Would there be a stylistic benifit on pile length variation for the neck? Like a patch of short/long  fur and such.     Thanks in advance!

Mock-up: (overlayed on the base i'm using)
https://imgur.com/a/VDz2Th1

Balaclava pattern?

Scrolling through posts and such here, and the go-to balaclava pattern seems to have disappeared a while ago.. wondering, what do people use for their go-to balaclava pattern? I know it's easy to buy one but I want to be able to make one too. TIA!

Alternatives to white fur or advice to make white fur look good for years?

Hey! I am new to the fursuit making scene and is currently trying to save up to make a fursuit and in the making of a character, I want to make a cat but I know all black is a bad idea for photos ect and white details get dirty and bad looking fast. I wonder if there are some kind of alternative to white fur that still would look good? I sort of want a tuxedo cat or like a tabby with white markings. So all advice is welcome! Even how to get white fur looking good for years.

Thank you all!

Realistic buckram eyes?

For my fursuit head I'm planning on going for a realistic style, but with follow-me buckram eyes rather than the much smaller tearduct vision. I tried looking up examples of this for days, but found literally nothing. Is there a reason nobody's done this, or is it just something nobody's thought of yet? I'm assuming it would work exactly like toony eyes, just painted realistically.

On the subject of fursuit eyes and furring

So, it was hard to find specifically what I was looking for,

but on the subject of a resin base and on the more realistic side of things, I've been looking into creating a fursuit head with a base for the first time. The thing that has been leaving me stumped is the fursuit eyes themselves, I'm trying to make a seductive looking character and it seems hard to achieve this look and I'm a bit lost on why some resin base eyes that get used seem to lose a lot of expression and can look a bit dead? 

I was thinking it's in the eyes part where some of the eye is covered by the eyelid which seems to be this black molded on piece? If that makes any sense, but a lot of people seem to leave the entire eye piece uncovered by any sort of eyelash or eyelid, but how do you make said pieces? It looks like clay to me

this suit for example

>>> seems to have a lot of expression in it and has a general feminine tone, I'm trying to recreate that but in a fox character, what would be my best bet? I'm thinking of this base but unsure of what eyes to use since they are only 1.5 inches


also looking for a base similar to this one and in the eyes as well as I'm making a suit for my boyfriend


I was thinking the DVC cat base but they seem closed but it feels pretty similar to this one? 

oh and how exactly do you get the fur so smooth looking on the base? I've seen a lot of bases used and I really don't want the fur to look choppy, how can I avoid that? 

Thanks!

Voice Changing via Android?

Hi, I have been really curious about voice changing in fursuits. I found a reddit thread and thought it might be helpful. I was also wondering if it was possible to better make a custom voice with an app? Is it possible to make something similar to an utau voicebank and change your voice real time with an android app? Any input would be appreciated :)

Edit: I found a webpage about the app used in the reddit thread and did a little research on the terms Vocoder and FFT spectral analysis. I know nothing about audio engineering, so maybe I am wrong but could robovox be modded somehow to use utau voicebanks?

https://www.reddit.com/r/cosplayers/comments/3k93y0/help_voice_changers/

http://www.mikrosonic.com/robovox

Movable Feather Crest?

I don't really know how to use this site yet so I'm sorry if I'm doing it wrong...

I have an idea for a fursuit head (a cockatiel) with a movable feather crest (drawing of what I'm about to badly explain is included). I was imagining a line of 3-4 big feathers on the back of the head that are strung together. The string would then go through a little wire loop on the forehead (under the fur, level with the foam), down one side of the head, and out through the bottom of the neck. The string could then be pulled (hopefully?) to lift the crest up.

I could even make a little foam (or other material?) tunnel thing for the string to slide through so that it doesn't make the fur bumpy or get stuck?

For reference, this is how I would make the feathers: https://fursuit.livejournal.com/2533653.html

Does anyone have any tips? Will this work?