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.
I have a resin blank, not yours [I regret not getting yours] but its a big dog and its ready to fur but as I wear it I notice opening the bottom jaw causes the whole head to droop/pull down. I am very frustrated by this I've even refoamed the inside and it still does this sagging. I'm very frustrated, I've not found anything online about this. do you have any pointers?
This is a fairly common problem that has to do with not padding the inside to make it tighter, but actually reinforcing the top of your head. I discovered this issue can still be present in my masks as well, so canine 2.0 will have a longer forehead that wraps further around the top of the head.
The reason this happens is because the top half of the mask needs to be able to stay in place securely and allow only the jaw to move freely. It needs a direct counter-force to pull against to allow the jaw to open, and if you drew a line following the elastic or springs that’s keeping the jaw closed, that line would point directly to the top of your head. That’s the area you need to have a physical barrier for the jaw to pull against and to stop it from moving or sliding. The more it wraps around the top of your head, the better it’ll stay in place.
One of my friends who’s built a mask with my blank cut apart a plastic tub and made a top of the head piece by heat-warping it into its shape and rivetting it to the resin blank. That worked great. In my “Naked Riley” WIP suit, I increased the surface area that it sits on my head with just stiffened felt as shown:
I don’t necessarily recommend leaving it as just felt, I would suggest using a plastic (like styrene) or coat the felt with something that will reinforce it, but it did actually help tremendously. Immediate difference- it stayed on much better and didn’t fall forward when I opened the jaw. Hopefully you find this to be a solution for your mask too!
I am so happy how this costume came out, lots of firsts, and lots of things that I learned while making it, and things that I can improve on in the future. As frustrating as the costume got at times really in the end it was all a labor of love and I’m so happy to see him all together. I finally got to make my poodle fursuit that Ive been thinking about for a couple years AND its a Pokemon too xD win-win!
Thank you Ani for taking these oh so lovely pictures of him! You’re the best!!and we have many many more, so be ready for that xD Also keep an eye out for this snazzy boy at Akon 25! :3
OK LAST THING I SWEAR!!! Quick video taken by Ani and her wonderful encouragement to get in touch with my inner super star xD so here you can see how the costume moves about and how the tail wiggles x3
Ok I’m done now, really
HOLY GAWD I LOVE DAT TAIL <3
You will be so fab this A-kon! I can’t freakin wait *flails*