February 15th, 2011

Platypus Fursuit partial head

So I have been working on a platypus fursuit partial for Mallingong and I wanted to share some photos with you.



More pictures of the head can be found
http://www.furaffinity.net/view/5266898 (close up on eyes )
and
http://www.furaffinity.net/view/5266911/

this is a photo of the platy tail I made
http://www.furaffinity.net/view/4707360/ and http://www.furaffinity.net/view/4707365/
and WIP photos can also be found on my FA there.


This was a collabrative project.
The plastic mesh frame work and moving jaw for the head was designed and made by Zoren Manray, I foamed, furred, and detailed the rest of the head, made the tail, and will be finishing up the arms,paws and feet soon.
The character was designed by Mallingong and the char sheet I was working with was created by TouchmyBadger and can be found here: http://www.furaffinity.net/view/2383972/


This was the fifth head I have worked on but only the second head I created useing the follow-me effect. WHile I have improved the follow-me effect eyes (the first head had cross eyes) by making the eye recess less wide, I still came across some issues with the angle of the eye sockets being slightly different for some reason.

If I had, had more time I think I could have improved the overall look of the eyes by doing a bit of shading on the eyelids, and a little more work on sysmetry between the eye rims.

Dose any one have any helpfull tips on perfecting the follow me eye? I feel like the eyes are still the one main part on a fursuit head which I still need help on perfecting.

I also atempted to do a bit of drybrushing on the back of the middle beck buldge to simulate the shadow which is found there in his ref sheet and to try to give the beck more depth. I also used dry brushing to try to blend the place where the light and dark grey fleese meet on the bottom of the upper beak so that it looks more naterally like the bottom of the upper beak is in shadow and softens the line between the two.

Please let me know what you guys think.

LONG fur

I have a question for you guys.

See, I'm trying to find long-pile fur; and I mean LONG. All I can find is three inches but I'd like something thats even longer, and I'd like it to be really thick and even a bit coarse; a kind of fur that can almost stick straight up because its so thick. The closest I've found is the 'monster fur' from imstuffedfur but I'd like something longer.

Would you happen to know where I could get some?

Edit:

The brushed-out yarn method seems like a good idea. I will experiment and play with it; and tell you guys the results. If any of you have some ideas or suggestions with this, let me know. Wish me luck!
Fat and Happy

Pile lengths for body suits.

Hey folks!

I was looking through the memories and I couldn't find any info on this so I thought I'd ask. :)

1. What pile length do you usually use for body suits on say, your average wolf/husky/fox?

2. If a person used a longer shag fur, would it noticeably increase the warmth of the suit?

3. Got any good photos of full suits with knowledge of the length or type of fur used?

I think this could help others as well. Thanks so much!
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