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Jul. 21st, 2013 | 08:20 pm
posted by: ruizaka in honestfurcrits


Recently I attempted my first fursuit. I've never done anything like this before (Gah lol the only thing I've ever sewn was quilts lol)- talk about a learning experience haha.

Anyways - I'm needing some fresh sets of eyes to point out some flaws. Be brutally honest because if I don't know about something, I can't improve. I plan on going over this suit again and perfecting it before attempting more if I get better. This was done in around 4/5wks (long story on not having more time - commissioned suit, scammed, drawn out paypal battle, got money back two months before con and had no supplies ordered). I'm not making an excuse, just giving a timeline for more accurate critiques XD.

Okay - So here is what I know is wrong and how I plan to fix it. If one of my plans seem like it is not the best idea, feel free to give me some advise:
- Black fur on head not even around eyes/ down muzzle and sewing too tight causing jagged edge. ~ I plan on removing the black on the front of the face around the eyes and muzzle, adjusting any uneven areas of the green then reattaching a new piece of black.
-Body built wayyyy too tall which caused the crotch to sag and the legs to become baggy and hide the digitigrades. ~ I'm kinda planning a trail and error one on this issue. I plan on slicing completely around the suit an inch or so below the zipper (on the back - ends about midway down), removing about 8 inches from the bottom half and reattaching. By folding it over the part to be removed, it seems all markings will line up. With a 2" pile fur, it hides seams very well. I'm at a loss on this one though so throw me some better ideas if ya have them.
-The tail - not pictured, but mentioning incase anyone say me at AC - looks like a giant slug... ~ Removing and replacing with yarn tail I think.
-Ears droop sometimes. ~ I used metal wire when attaching them so I could pose them. Just gonna add more to make it stiffer.

Here's the pictures (I'm the wolf):


What else needs improvement?
Thank you!!!!!!

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from: kai_wolf
date: Aug. 28th, 2013 03:39 pm (UTC)

Hi there! Better late than never, I say, so I'm here to review you!

I do see a couple of things you could improve. However, you're probably not gonna like them... and in three out of the four, it's probably best to just accept them and move on - improve your next suits, instead of tearing up this one. Since it really is quite good already!

1. The eyes, they look a little buggy to me. Would have benefited from being more deeply embedded in the head, but there really isn't a lot you can do about it at this point. They're not bad by any means, though.

2. The facial expression of the suit - or lack thereof. Judging by the con badge, the character is supposed to be a happy type? Eye and mouth expressions are very important to the overall look of a fursuit head! In future, try carving in a smile. It won't interfere with a moving jaw mechanism if kept separate from the lower jaw.

3. I debated whether I should mention this. The overall look of the animal... it doesn't read as "wolf" to me. If you hadn't said what it was supposed to be, I'd have thought it was a fox. This is because of the slender muzzle and large ears! Of course, there are always differences in opinion over stylistic choices!

4. And this is the small one, easily fixable. I can see your skin through the mouth! Might want to affix some black fabric at the back of the mouth.

Overall though, I like your suit a lot. It's very... green! And especially considering it's your first one, you should be extremely proud of how well it turned out!

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from: ruizaka
date: Aug. 30th, 2013 02:09 am (UTC)

Hehe I agree with the better late then never XD

I really appreciate the critique. The eyes are definitely something I'm going to have to work on. Different people have said that. And shave the ears down lol.

I never noticed it until you said it, but she is kinda foxy looking. Gonna have to work on my anatomy a bit

And *gasp* you saw that little skin issue lol ^^; I wanted to keel over when I saw the photos when we got home. I fixed that one after the convention. At home I never noticed it, but after roasting at the convention for awhile, the upper part of the "flap" covering the opening between the lower and upper jaw would randomly stick to my face and get pulled in. Which apparently lead to a few photos with a lovely gaping smile. So now there is some breathable black fabric lining 90% of the mouth and the overlapping sections were reconfigured a bit.

Anyways - she's getting a facelift this winter XD I wanted to change the eyes out to something with some more expression and straighten the seams a bit. Now, I will definitely bulk up/carve the muzzle a bit more and tone down the ear size. I'm not one to accept and move on lol I prefer to keep trying till its right.

So thank you very much =]

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from: kai_wolf
date: Aug. 30th, 2013 10:29 pm (UTC)

You're very welcome! And might I say, you took the critique wonderfully. TOO many people don't D:

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