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I shouldn’t be allowed on Tumblr. Stupid things happen.
(Like me seeing this post and going insane)
Reminder! I’m hosting another Livestream session on Saturday :D I should be able to completely finish the foamwork base construction on Sonar’s head. I’ll also have a friend of mine from college coming over as a special guest to entertain you further. Hope to see you freaks there!
Help raise money to produce a book covering construction of realistic fursuits!!
Mordrude’s Monster Manual: A Guide to Realistic Animal Costumes
If the goal is met donators will receive gifts depending on the amount they donated. You could even pay for the suits whose making will be featured in the book!
Other gifts are listed on the above link, as well as the details of this campaign.
MordrudesMonsters has been featured on this blog many a time and makes fabulous realistic suits. Linked above is their gallery if you want more examples of their work and tutorials they have already made.
This campaign ends SEPTEMBER 5TH!!!
ONLY 1 MONTH!!
If you can’t donate help spread the word!
( Reminder ahead of time, I have nothing to do with this campaign, the gifts, the book, anything at all. I am merely promoting it! )
Help her reach the stretch goal gais! She’s so close now!
CanineHybrid took this video of me at RMFC last month!
I am a doof and didn’t realize that I was being filmed (a lot of the of folks around were taking still images so I was posing often). On top of not feeling well,I had spent the last week at around 10k feet in the mountains and was feeling a bit lethargic overall; I was slow-motion more than I normally am. Normally I’m a bit more bird-like and quick. Oops!
(note: the squeaking is not me! The only sound I make is a solid ‘clack’ when I snap my mouth shut at one point)
As always, be sure to check out kierstinlapatka as she is the one that made the raptor base that I finished! She is amazing. You won’t be disappointed.
My sincere thanks to caninehybrid for taking the time to record me!!
You’re super welcome for the filming! Every time I saw your raptor out on the floor, it made me smile. One of my new favorite costumes :)
PS Still want a raptor-styled little bird sculpture from you XD
"Sonar the Angel Dragon" by CanineHybrid
Select work in progress shots of my latest build session :) It’s already too cute AHHHH
All photos and also a video can be found on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/caninehybrid/sets/72157646828183365/
because they are trying to make a living.
If you divide the time they work hourly on actually putting the material together, it’s almost less than minimum wage.
This original post’s opinion is something I have unfortunately seen people repeat. The gyst of it is that OP believes suits are cheap to make, so suitmakers must be overcharging. Furthermore it suggests the conclusion that suitmakers are charging the prices we do because of greed. I thought I’d lay out a couple points to help people understand why professional suitmakers charge the prices we do.
So, let’s pretend that you want to make professional-quality fursuits for $200 each, in expenses.
1. If you are lucky you may be able to find the fabric and foam you need for $200 (though this is at the bare minimum spectrum of material costs). Now, how are you going to make each suit? In order to make professional-quality suits, you are going to need a few things.
You will need to own a heavy-duty sewing machine ($400+), airbrush ($100+), airbrush compressor ($100+), electric drill and correct bits for making eyes ($50+), professional-quality electric clippers ($100+), silicone moldmaking and resin kits ($25-50 per kit), titanium scissors and sharpener ($25+), new shoes for feetpaws ($20+), rubber matting for soles ($20+), electric carving knife for thick foam ($25+); this is indicative of the tools used to create a typical fullsuit, but many suitmakers use other tools that also add to the expense (like dremels, vacuum-form tables, etc.).
You will also need to take into account your thread, needles, pins, polyfil, airbrush paints, lacquer, gluesticks, garbage bags, adhesives, sharpies/chalk, razorblades, zippers, eye plastic, buckram, machine oil, elastic, sandpaper, resin, and patternmaking material, which I won’t calculate here. You will eat through hundreds of these necessities every few weeks. And if you want a website, you must pay annually for your url and monthly for your website server.
So, a modest estimate for tools alone comes to roughly $900 NOT including any of the things that actually go into the tools to make them useful, which you will need to restock regularly.
2. It would be fair to want to be compensated for your specialized labor. A professional-grade fullsuit should take you about 2 weeks of work. The average professional suitmaker produces 2-3 suits a month. Suitmaking of course is a very specific set of artistic skills that takes years to develop, and only a handful of individuals in the world can make suits professionally. So, if it hypothetically only costs you $200 per suit for materials, how much do you charge for labor? At minimum wage ($8.50/hr), 80 hours of work (2 weeks full-time) will come to $680.
This means if a suitmaker’s material costs are $200, and they are paid minimum wage, they will on average be left with $480 for every 2 weeks of full-time work. This comes to $960 a month. This is barely enough to pay electricity, water, food, and rent, let alone cover the restocking of basic materials. Unfortunately you *probably won’t* want to go out and get a second job if you are making suits professionally, because you already work 40 hours a week.
3. You must pay taxes on the suits you sell. That’s right, self-employed people like fursuit-makers in the United States have to pay self-employment tax (15.3% in 2014) AND income tax (another 15%). That means if you make that $960 a month, you must pay almost $2000 a year in taxes.
Suitmakers like me charge what we do in order to compensate for the financial investment we participate in every month, in order to produce a high-quality, lasting piece of original wearable art for you. We spend dozens or even hundreds of hours on each costume, lovingly rendering it to match your design. We strive to make our customers happy with their costumes, not only because of how they look but because of how well they are made and will hold up over time. We do *not* get rich doing this. We dedicate our lives to this craft; it is our career.
Do you still think we charge too much?
Last weekend I attended Anthrocon and it was pretty darn awesome. While I don’t consider myself a furry, I do enjoy realistic costumes, so I took the raptor mask I made (base/blank by: http://kierstinlapatka.tumblr.com/ ) and some gloves I put together. I ran out of time to make a tail. I figured I’d raptor around the con incognito, because it’s fun to be anonymous. Unfortunately for my planned secrecy, I was unaware that in the interim my last photoset of the raptor mask managed to accumulate around 3,000 notes on Tumblr, and the internet knew that it was mine, so there was no secrecy or anonymity. OH WELL I had fun anyhow! Let me tell you though, it’s super weird to have people come up and shout “I SAW THIS ON TUMBLR" in real life. Uhhh. Hi, Internets.
Thus, I raptored around the con and generally acted like a nuisance. The very best reactions were the ‘muggles’… people on the street. They acted like it was Disneyworld and almost everyone really loved it. My friend managed to get a photo of me peeking into a bar window. Check out the enthusiastic lady on the far right.
I even managed to bump into my eagle mask being worn around the con a few times, which was super exciting to me (the Philippines Eagle mask seen above).
All photo credit goes to my friends Byzil and Hypno.
Here is a short video. I didn’t know she was recording at first so I was holding very still so she could take a still photo. Oops. Also ignore my bad anatomy raptor wrists pose. I had just smacked Dark Natasha in the throat with my claws accidentally and was feeling a bit sheepish. (Natasha was fine, but apparently I was going for the kill. Instincts?) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJLdFoQOSOg
I am thinking of naming her Kinglet, after the bird that inspired her.
This is pretty darn awesome. Well done Kierstin and Nam!
If I could puff up like a chickadee, I would, I feel so very special. Nam did an amazing job, and I am completely blessed to be able to say that I assisted with this lovely creation.
….Also that woman on the far right in the last photo.
Reblogging for sorta kinda sourcing myself.
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THERE WE GO. Leafeon done right. And waaaay better than mine |D
So I’m attempting to play a Dungeons & Dragons campaign this Sunday.
During my vacation and without access to a computer, I pulled out my non-photo blue pencil (favorite sketching device), studied the rulebook, and did some traditional art for a change of my new character. When I got back home I colored it to finish up the concept design. Drew her without “proper clothing” to show off physical build, scale detail, and colors.
Rwar Imma dragon!