Very new to this site, and new to the anthrocon. Want some people to talk about it :P
Ok so here goes. The concept of Anthrocon is very new to me. In fact, I have only heard about it within the past...month i think. I can't go for at least another 2 or 3 years, but I'm already excited! I have been to anime conventions before and worn my ears and tail, but thats all I have(I be a poor cookie). So I'm going to be saving up and I want to make the ultimate costume But I don't know if I should buy, then add on, or start from scratch :/ I'm going to be a wolf, as is my metaphorical sister XD and I just wanted some other peoples opinions or experiences on the subject of costume purchasing/creating.
Mah Thanks and Lovessss
While I don't costume myself, I've got a few things I can help with.
I feel I should right here that having a fursuit is NOT a prerequisite for attending Anthrocon. However, many people DO have a suit; this year, the ratio was about 1 fursuiter per 6 attendees.
As for your question about how to make a suit, while you could make a decent partial fursuit from items accumulated from various sources(mask, hands, feet, ears, tail, for example), most full fursuits need to be built from the ground up as a custom job.
Yeah for my first year I probably will not end up having a suit. But I would really enjoy having the suit.
Thank you for the info on making the suit. Greatly appreciated.
I went to AC last year It was a lot of fun. First time going, and I really enjoyed it.
I plan to go be going in a partial next year; I'm collecting the supplies to make it in the next few weeks. I'd have enough time to upgrade it to a full suit, but, given the character it is, I probably won't be, hah.
My experience with creating my own suits (which so far is 5, all partials) is experiment, experiment, experiment! I first went to websites like the fursuit community in LJ or matrices.net, which is chock full of memories of how-to's for everything from the ears down to the feet, including inner mechanics like fans and moving ears for the more experienced folks, and supplies like fur and foam.
Don't start with expensive materials. Make your first practice rounds with relatively inexpensive materials so you don't break the bank with the expensive, good quality materials. Once you get a good measure of your ability, you can move on to material that lasts.
And please, please, please, for the sake of everyone's sanity (not calling you out, it's just something I've observed), don't ask general questions to folks like 'where do I find x' or 'how much fur would it take to make x' or 'how do I do x.' Stuff like that has normally been described many many times, so if you do enough research, you can definitely find what you are looking for. Only after you've looked, researched, and practiced, and run into a problem that you have no idea how to get around, that you haven't found the answer for no matter how much you look, THEN ask the specific question. It's so much better to learn from doing and making mistakes than someone spoon-feeding it to you. You won't become a professional overnight; that takes time, practice, and patience.
Anywho, If you do decide to go this route, I hope you enjoy creating your own unique character!
So true! I'm preparing to make my first ever partial, and I've been looking at tutorial after tutorial after tutorial. I've looked at methods that confuse me and methods that make a ton of sense. I've done searches on the follow me eyes and moving jaws, from simple to complicated. It's all about finding things that from the get go make you go "I get that!"
I could swear that you weren't wearing a partial when I met you at the con...
Oh my God, that is so cute, haha!
*Arrow recieved Context! *Metroid Item Theme*
The smile on your head is surreally cute. That bird's face is the ultimate HAY GUIZ WHATS UP! I MADE BROWNIES!
I'M STILL RIPPING THAT BEAK OFF
But you can be rest assured that I will strive for an awesome smile
Lol thanks for all the info ^_^ I will work hard over the next little while to make an awesome outfit. And maybe meet some of ya'll at the con
heyo! saw your DA gallery. nice works! ^^ i faved a few.
if you have the money, buy one! if you dont, it may be best to start from scratch. i create my own costumes, & they do take alot of time, effort, & money. partials will be alot cheaper than fullsuits, regardless of you buying or making one yourself. (sometimes depending on the maker, partials can be really expensive, almost the same price a fullsuit.)
whatevers the case, just go to AnthroCon! trust me, it was my first time going this year & IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!! 8D best con of my life!
Oh thank you!!! I kind of want to start from scratch, because one, I am pretty good at making costumes XD my gramma used to make them for a living LoL, and two, my anthro character requires lots of personalization. I guess I could always just buy one and add on, but I like the idea of making my own. Plus I have at least 2 years till i can go
Start with just a mask and gloves. It should be simpler that way.