Whether you are considering making a fursuit for the first time, or want to learn a few new tricks of the trade, then nicodemusrat
's new book is the book you've been looking for. At 208 pages, 300+ b&w photographs and over 50 charts and diagrams, there is greatness in this handy cost-effectively spiral-bound tome for both newbies and veterans alike.
The book emphasizes learning to construct your own fursuit through the repeated hands-on experience that just about anyone can achieve, while pointing out that there is no shame in curbing your expectations in your initial efforts - never get discourgaed, and always have fun doing it. By example, the step-by-step development and construction of the author's "Blue Raccoon" character (one of the featured critters on the front cover), from initial sketches to finished fursuit, is provided. Twelve different fursuiters lend their knowledge as well in the interspersed "Professional Profiles", each relating personal designing, construction and performing experiences of their own. Some of the questions answered within the pages of this book might seem self-evident to more experienced individuals, but never have they been posed in such an orderly, easy-to-understand fashion.
Anong the more interesting inclusions in the book for me include: the importance of props and accessories in developing a fursuit character and where to find/buy them; the apparent "equation" that ultrarealistic-appearing eyes is often inversely proportional to both good vision and child-friendly expressions; where to get Monterey Mills and National Fiber Technologies fabric sample cards at resonable cost; photos of the actual "Tools and Materials" products in their cans, bottles and boxes (a real godsend if you've ever shopped for some of these supplies and have no idea exactly what it is you're looking for); wonderfully detailed charts comparing various glues & adhesives, foam rubbers, dyes & paints - absolutely invaulable; the ten "Character Commandments" in performing in your fursuit, with peformance tips and warnings on frequent mistakes; directions on maintaining and storing your fursuit.
I strongly recommend this book. It is printed by Ibexa Press (they have a website through crittercostuming.com/ ), priced at US $36.95 (well worth the investment). It is currently available at amazon.com, but to try to order it through your local bookstore, use the book's ISBN number: 0967817072.