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Female Fursuiter Month (part 8)

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So, the month of March is ending and with it comes the end of “Female Fursuiter Month”. This saddens me a bit because I have had so much fun talking to all the different ladies who came forth to share their pics and their small little writings for this blog. I feel like this has spurred me to be more active in this blog that I have in such a long time, and it’s been such an amazing month and journey for this  blog…so, here’s one final entry until we say goodbye (at least until next March)


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CAMO VOLUNTEER

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“This is the old version of my suit (he’s being updated rn and getting legs and feet!) but his name is Volunteer the Firefighting Dutch Angel Dragon. And well I love playing as Volunteer and my other sonas and just being part of a fuzzy family. It also gives me a lot of confidence and joy to talk to people (especially talking about my volunteer firefighting profession)”


TRINITY TROTTIER

Trinity Trottier

“This is me and my character, scaramouche! I live my life as a leading and social, extroverted person, I have seen so many young furries and most of them were female, these girls inspired me to be who I am today, with my best pal moochie! He’s mad at me because I didn’t talk about him, he’s an egotistical bird with the attitude of a horse!”


KIARA ESPADA

Kiara Espada

“This suit’s name is Sanchez.
Since I started suiting, I’ve enjoyed cons a lot more and have started to chip away at my shell. I’m an introvert and find it difficult to attend cons, social gatherings, etc. I’ve started to make a few more friends, or at least acquaintances, since I started suiting. I’m a lot happier when I get a chance to suit and make others smile.”


MANA KLEMP

Mana Klemp

“My name is Mana, I’m a 24 year old cosplayer and new fursuiter. (Like super new, just started on Feb 26). My suit is Tweek, the cockatiel themed dutch angel dragon I adopted from Immortal Fursuits, he’s the reason I became a furry XD I fell in love and my one friend was already getting a suit made. Fursuiting has made be decide to strive to learn the art and do more than just cosplay, plus I have gained friends through it.”


HONORABLE MENTIONS:

^^^Funneh Sky (suit/left) – Tess (Center suit/Right)^^^


The honorable mentions were people that never sent in a written part but wished to be featured anyways. But, this brings us to the last entry and the end of Female Fursuiter Month! Thanks so much to the amazing ladies that participated! Thanks to those who answered my post on “Fursuits=<3″,”Furries With Real Fursuits”, and “The Official Dutch Angel Dragon Community” – you are all awesome! Also to those who found me through Amino and participated…a huge thanks goes out to you as well!!! 😀

Now that this is over, more blogs are coming in the future! I have a bunch of TFF blogs planned (if I can stop being lazy and just do it) as well as other things coming up! Also I plan on sharing more videos from my YouTube Channel on here and do more fursuit blogs as well! So, be looking out for those!

Anyways, thank you all for reading and for your continued support! And, as always, I will see you all in the next blog 😉

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Female Fursuiter Month (part 4)

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So, here we are still in March, and we still have more women to feature! And the submissions just keep piling in!
For those that might be tuning in just now: I have been asking for women to submit their suits (and themselves) to be featured in this blog for Female Fursuiter Month! And I feature anywhere from 3-4 entries per post! Hopefully this will give me a good chunk of content this month to show off all these amazing ladies and all these lovely fursuits!!!


  • How it Works:

—If you would like to be featured in this blog for Female Fursuiter Month, all I ask is that you submit a pic of yourself next to a pic of your fursuit. Then, in your own words, either give me a small written piece on yourself and your suit and/or tell me how fursuiting has influenced or changed you in any way! If you’re interested in being part of this project, please drop me a comment down below with a link to your facebook, FA, or Twitter so that I might reach out to you for the details!


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HOLLY WILLIAMS:

Holly Williams

“Hi. My name is Holly Williams, and my suit is Myrl Frostfang, although I have a few different characters. I work as a cook and moonlight as a writer, hoping to get my first book out by the end of year. Suiting helps me get to be me. I have anxiety and normally don’t do well in large groups but if I’m in my suit I feel more relaxed and more confident. I absolutely love to interact with different people and kids especially love when I go to the medieval fair.”


TAYLOR YODER:

Taylor Yoder

“I am Taylor, a Southerner from Alabama, I’m 18 yrs, 4 year experienced costume designer and fursuit maker, and I live in Northern Indiana. I’ve been a furry for about 3 years now, I have 2 fursuits, Bytes my Dutch Angel Dragon is my second suit, and made him myself.”


EMILY CHALKER:

Emily Chalker

“I made a Gidget just as a fun costume to wear at first, then the first time outside of a con I suited for a trick or treat for little kids. While there this one little kid loved me so much that it mad me so happy for the rest of the week. Now I try and suit as often as I can just to make kids happy, because that makes me happy.”


CARLIEGH PAIGE CARSON:

Carleigh Paige Carson

“Well here’s me in one of my favorite heads I’ve done (Lucy)! I just recently got into the fandom about 2 years ago but before I found it I was in love with animal masks. I’ve been making heads for 3+ years now & they have helped me greatly with opening up and giving me the guts to show who I truly am ❤ The fandom is my favorite thing to follow and I truly appreciate all the suits people have made ❤ It’s such a awesome art & I’m so glad I’m not the only one out there that likes dressing up; Especially as cute & awesome animals ^-^

Also the people in this fandom are super nice and it’s probably the best thing about it! <3″


So there’s another batch of such awesome ladies shedding a bright light on the furry fandom! Sending good vibes to Holly in that she gets her book published! I’m on that long road myself and so I def know that pain! Also sending good vibes to all those aspiring fursuit makers features because they are a billion times more talented then I will ever be for sure XD

Still, thank you all so much for reading and checking out this post! More to come as we continue to celebrate Female Fursuiter Month, so please stayed tuned! Thanks to everyone that has participated thus far, and, as always, I will see you all in the next blog 😉

Fursuit Friday Feature #21: STARDUSK

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Hello everybody and welcome back to another wonderful Fursuit Friday Feature!!!

These have been slow-coming here recently with my having gone to a convention (pics of that coming soon) and also out of pure laziness on my part. For that I do apologize. But, someone recently wanted to revamp the interview they did awhile ago…and when I received their submission, it really motivated me to get the ball rolling again and make my normal Friday post. Besides…who DOESN’T want to see an adorable Dutch Angel Dragon?

Dutchies do seem to be the most popular submission of all my Fursuiters wanting to be in this blog, and I have noticed that the DAD and AD communities have really taken the fandom for a ride as they increase their numbers. So, today we have Stardusk. I love white Dutchies and love all the unique things that can be done with them…so, before I go off rambling some more, lets get down to the questions and really see what Stardusk and her owner are all about.


1.Name: Bethany, but most people call me Beth

2. Character Name: Stardusk

3. Character Species: Dutch angel dragon

4. Fursuit Maker:
Temperance of Komickrazi Studios: http://www.komickrazi.com

5. Total Cost$2500

6. How long did it take you to get your Fursuit?
—I put down the down payment back in November or early December of last year. She has rolling commissions, so she’s always open, but this means a bit of a wait. However, once it was my turn, she was very quick. My suit was made in two weeks.

7. When did you decide that you wanted a Fursuit?
—At first when I fully became part of the furry fandom and was introduced to fursuits, I didn’t think it was for me. I saw a few videos of cons and fursuiter like Telephone and became more intrigued, but still not convinced I wanted one. Then, I met some friends in my area who were furries. One of them, Lonewolf, had her own fursuit made, and invited me over for an introduction. Once I saw how cute they were in person, I knew I wanted a suit for myself.

8. Do you go out in public while wearing your suit? Tell us one of your favorite experiences!
—I haven’t done so too often, but the few experiences I’ve had were very positive. I went and suited up at an Asian night market, which was lots of fun. I got lots of curious reactions, and lots of people wanting to take my picture. Even got to dance with one kid.I also handed out candy on halloween as Stardusk. Every time I opened the door I got great reactions, the kids loved Stardusk.

9. Have you been to any Cons in suit? If you have gone to multiple ones, which one is your favorite and why?
—I have a few lined up for the coming year, most of them local. Chase con and Genericon in the upstate NY area, and Anthro New England in Boston are definite. I might also go to Furnal Equinox in Toronto, and I definitely want to go to Anthrocon at least once! I recently went to chase con, or Saratoga Comic Con, and met some fellow furs there. Stardusk was quite a hit there, she got lots of people wanting to take pics with her. One little boy really loved her, every time he saw me he would run up to me and give me hugs and pets, it was utterly adorable. I also got complimented by J. G. Herzler, who played general Martok in Star Trek Deep Space Nine, which was super cool.

10. How have people reacted to your Fursuit while you are out in Public?
—Ive had very positive reactions! People are very curious about her, I get lots of exclamations about how cute she is and how soft the fur is.


11. What was your main goal in getting a suit? Did you have any plans for it or did you just get one for fun?
—Partly for fun. But I also really wanted to do some charity things. Maybe raise money for relay for life (my mom is a survivor, so it’s s cause close to my heart) or visiting children in hospitals or nursing homes. I want to bring some smiles and happiness to people.

12. How do you act differently in suit VS when you are dressed as you normally would?
—I’m still refining her character, but I act more cat-like and bouncy when I’m Stardusk.

13. What is your favorite thing about wearing a Fursuit?
—My favorite thing is how fluffy and adorable it is, and how even the few people who have seen her just want to give her a hug.

14. What is your least favorite thing about wearing a Fursuit?
—My least favorite thing is the heat. I’m a cold dweller, I love the cold. It gets rather hot in there after a while. A cooling vest helps! I also want to install a fan inside the head.

15. What advice would you give first-time Fursuiters and those considering getting a Fursuit?
—Have fun with it! Take it slow at first, don’t push yourself to have your first outing ever at a con. Suit up for half an hour to an hour, in a cool place just to get used to how it feels. Take some time to think about the character you want to create. You’re essentially an actor, so get into your role! Make sure you have a handler when you go to cons. It’s hard to see your feet, so having someone to warn you of things you can’t see will help you avoid tripping. And they can remind you to hydrate and take breaks.

16. What would you say is your biggest peeve when it comes to your Fursuit?
—I don’t really have one, I love it!

17. Do you think you will ever get another suit in the future? Would it be an upgrade to your current suit or a different character?
—Probably not, but if I did it would be a different character. Probably my kotae.

18. Do you make any videos while in suit (YouTube):
I have two uploaded right now! I have zero experience editing videos, so it’ll take a bit to get the others I’ve done uploaded. But everyone is welcome to check out my channel in the meantime! Stardusk Dutch Angel Dragon. I’m also over on Instagram, where I post most of my pics: Starduskdutchangeldragon

19. (Final Question): Any extra words of wisdom you would like to add for anyone reading this?:
—Just have fun! Whether you’re cosplaying or fursuiting, go with what you want to do. Don’t let the negativity of others hold you back. Be a positive force in the world, no matter what it is you do. There’s so much darkness in this world, but you have the opportunity to be a beacon of light, so let your light shine!

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So there you have it folks! That was Stardusk!!

It really makes me happy when I can see someone that has had an overall positive experience to suiting and going out in suit in general. We all complain about the suits being too hot. But this person loves her Fursuit, loves being in her Fursuit…really took her time in coming around to fursuiting and then deciding what character she wanted to suit as. If you watch her videos…it was 9-months before her suit was even started so…it took a good amount of time for Stardusk to come to life.

Either way, this Dutchie is adorable, and I’m so glad that she has gone out, had fun, and has really been able to spread the joy and fun which is what the Furry Fandom is all about. All this and great advice to boot! So thanks so much Bethany and Stardusk for submitting yourselves to be featured in my blog! 😀

If you or anyone you know is a Fursuiter and you would like to be featured for my Fursuit Feature Friday, then please drop me a link down in the comment-section below to a place where I might reach you (facebook, FA, DA, other) and send you the interview. I’m always looking for new Furries to feature whether it be fursuits, artists, crafters, or a brand-new species…!

As always, thank you all so much for tuning in, and, I will see you all in the next blog 😉

Fursuit Friday Feature #20: REI

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It’s Friday!!!
it is Friday, the weekend is here, and that means that we get to have another Fursuit Friday Feature!!! Also, the best news is that this is our 20th Fursuit Feature on this blog!! Thank you so much to all the amazing people that have come together and have answered these questions talked to me on FB and otherwise so that I might go and show off your fantastic creatures to the world! It really has been an honor!

Also, I noticed that this is what people come to the blog for! This is what they look forward to when seeing any new post I make because they want to see if they or their friends were pulled from the hate and/or, they want to see the cute or crazy new suiter that I am showcasing. So many of you have shown off some amazing designs that made people want a Fursuit of their very own, so, thank you for being so awesome, being creative and just being you.

This week we have a Dutch Angel Dragon (I seem to get quite a few of those) named Rei!!! I was posting awhile ago about needing fursuiters for showcasing and for people to answer my new and improved interview sheets and Rei answered that call! So, after a few messages and an e-mail, Rei was saved to the folder where I randomly pick a name each week, and, here we are!!! Sorry it took so long to get to you Rei…but hey! You are lucky number 20!!!!

I love dutchies and love dragons just in general so these are always so fun for me…so I’m not going to ramble anymore, lets get to know Rei a little better!


1.Name: Jennifer McClellan

2. Character Name: Rei

3. Character Species: Dutch Angel Dragon

4. Fursuit Maker: I made him

5. Total Cost (optional)— $500 maybe $600

6. How long did it take you to get your Fursuit?
Um it took me at least five month to finish him.

7. When did you decide that you wanted a Fursuit?
I always wanted one and at one time I tried to create one. But my boyfriend at the time really discouraged me from doing it so I gave up after that. Then I saw a video of Telephone and instantly fell in love again with fursuits. So I took the dive and bought all my supplies and got to work and here he is.

8. Do you go out in public while wearing your suit? Tell us one of your favorite experiences!
My favorite experience was actually not fully outside. When I started making Rei I hid it from my family except for my grandmother. I send her all my work in progress pictures and then when he was finish I facetimed her and showed him off.

9. Have you been to any Cons in suit? If you have gone to multiple ones, which one is your favorite and why?
Um, I haven’t been to any Cons yet. If there is anything closer towards the end of the year that are near Philadelphia I wouldn’t mind going, but I just plan on to Anthrocon next year.

10. How have people reacted to your Fursuit while you are out in Public?
It’s been pretty good to me except when this guy kept hitting me in the muzzle luckily my mother was around and cursed him before I had to say anything.

11. What was your main goal in getting a suit? Did you have any plans for it or did you just get one for fun?
At first it was just to make one and say I have one but now I think I might work on my craft a little bit more and become a fursuit marker. Its fun making them I really wish I can get a following.

12. How do you act differently in suit VS when you are dressed as you normally would?
I’m normally am a hyper kind of person so I made my character a little like me. Rei is a little more quite then what I am and he is a little clumsy. But when the time comes he is there in your corner cheering you to success

13. What is your favorite thing about wearing a Fursuit?
Being able to bring a 2-D drawing to life and portray myself as my character.

14. What is your least favorite thing about wearing a Fursuit?
The heat, it’s very hot in Philadelphia already so when I did wear him I was hot as hell. I think if I line the head differently it might make it better and fur in my mouth I hate that.

15. What advice would you give first-time Fursuiters and those considering getting a Fursuit?
If you have time and money go ahead and commission for one. If you feel that you would do better by making it yourself then do it. But please take constructive criticism with a grain of salt, people are not trying to hurt you when they give it but you can tell what’s being rude and what’s being helpful.

16. What would you say is your biggest peeve when it comes to your Fursuit?
I bought too much fur now I can make extra items like extra paws and extra feet… I kind of wish that my dragon had paws for feet instead of hooves but I just think I’m going to make them and just make them for indoor and have the hooves for outside.

17. Do you think you will ever get another suit in the future? Would it be an upgrade to your current suit or a different character?
I plan on making a sergal towards the end of the year. But it will be a partial instead of a full suit I’m not finding my colors in full yards.

18. Do you make any videos while in suit (YouTube):
I plan on it; I might make a small dance video in a couple of weeks even though I’m not the best dancer (two left feet lol)

19. (Final Question): Any extra words of wisdom you would like to add for anyone reading this?:
Don’t get discourage, try and try again. No one is where they are in life by giving up on the first time


Rei is adorable and I have always loved black-and-white color schemes. I also hope tat if Jennifer makes the Sergal we can one day showcase that one too! Dutchies are really cute and seem to be very popular and a fan fave so…like Rei, I hope to showcase more of those in the future as well.

Really solid advice and really wonderful answers from Jennifer. So, I think this makes for a very good 20th Fursuit Friday Feature, don’t you? We are running low on Fursuiters to showcase which is why I have been trying to spread them out as much as possible. NO ONE and NOTHING IS TURNED DOWN! Whether you have a fullsuit, partial, quadsuit, or just a Fursuit head, it counts! Multiple fursuits is fine as we can do those all in one interview!

So, if you or a friend has a fursuit and would like to be featured, please leave a link down below where i might reach you so that I can send you the interview and such!

Thank you all so much for tuning in. Wondering what else to put in this blog so please, leave me any feedback on where to find things you might want to hear me write about, some topics you want to discuss, and etc.  I want to hear your opinions to please, let me know what’s up.

That’s all we have for this one and we will have another one next Friday. So, as always, i will see you all in the next blog 😉

Rune’s Journey to being a Fursuit #3

Rune badge by AJ

***Rune Badge by: AJ Vengeant***

Happy Fursuit Friday everyone!!!

Normally for Friday I would be doing the “Fursuit Friday Feature” but, this week I have decided to do something a little  different and bring back the blogs where I update people on Rune becoming a Fursuit. This blog is not only a progress update, but it also talks about the steps involved in getting a Fursuit when commissioning one from a maker. as mentioned in previous posts like this (as sort of a disclaimer)—do NOT take my personal experience as how it always works for commissioning Fursuits and/or parts of a Fursuit. Every maker is different and every one of them work in their own way. Unfortunately, there are makers more reliable than others…so each experience will be different and unique, as will the quality of the product.

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  • In the last blog:
    —The last time I wrote about the progress on Rune,  the furring process on his head had just started and the fur had been laid over the face so that I could make sure that everything was in the right spot. But, there was still a long way to go at this point…and I would say this was mid-way to completion. Rune’s eyes still has to be done, fur had to be sewn and glued onto the foam, and, his mouth still required his teeth, his tongue, and the horns needed to be clothed as well. Still, this was the biggest update of them all up to this point, and, if you’re interested in seeing the previous steps leading up to this, you can check out the previous blog, right [[here]]

 

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  • Furring the ears:
    —The ears began their furring phase on May 4th, and the reason they were done separately was because Rune’s ears were meant to be flexible. One of the things I was asked early on was whether or not I wanted to be able to bend and play with Rune’s ears, and naturally, I wanted them to wiggle and bend. So, the ears had to be furred separately, and, I was given a lovely update pic to make sure for the last time that all the patterns on the ears were in the right place!

 

Rune foam head phase 8

  • Shaving time!
    —With the fur for the ears completed and in the right place, the fur for Rune’s face was placed over the foam head once more and shaving started on May 5th. this was just the initial shaving so that more details could be seen, patterns could be checked again, and, once more of the face was done, Rune’s fur would not cover up any new details and, it would be easier to work with this way.
    Shaving is a very long process as it has to be done multiple times. All fur is bought very long, and it is hard on clippers. Also, Fursuit makers have to make sure not to shave too much which is why shaving is done a little at a time, checked over, and maybe shaved a little bit in-between certain stages so that everything looks clean in the end. It made me chuckle though because, looking at Rune before he was shaved, he was looking like one of those really shaggy dogs that you can not even see their eyes past all that hair XD

 

Rune foam head phase 9

  • Layering Rune’s mouth, horns, and nostrils:
    —I got a message a little after the shaving stage asking me the details of Rune’s mouth (like what color the inside was, if he still wanted to have teeth, how many teeth I wanted added, as well as the color of Rune’s tongue, and etc). Then, on May 19th, Rune’s mouth had been lined with initial darker green color, and the nostrils had been lined with cloth as well. With the inner mouth lined, more progress could begin on the other parts of the mouth, and, with the nostrils lined, Rune’s face fur could now be added. Horns had also been covered with cloth as well which allowed the face fur to soon be added. He was coming together quite quickly!!!
  • MORE SHAVING!!!
    —Since the horns had been covered with cloth and the nostrils were finished, the face fur could be added. But, in order to see the details of the horns and to make everything look cleaner and to see details properly, Rune was going to be shaved down a little bit more. The second round of shaving was done on May 25th, and while at first he was looking a little rough, Rune was coming together nicely and was looking a lot smoother the more shaving that was done and the more he was brushed out.

 

Rune foam head phase 10

  • Eyes:
    —Rune’s eyes were completed on May 27th, and my maker had to discuss with me what colors to use because of Rune’s various designs across the different artwork I had sent in via reference. Instead of just making it one way, my maker took the time to make 2 sets of eyes (one a lighter blue one a darker blue) and then they sent me a comparison pic to see which one I liked best.

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We both agreed that the lighter eyes suited Rune better, and they were quickly installed. Luckily the other eyes could be used for later projects. also there was a few more updated pics of the shaving progress and another check on design, on the back horns (located on the back of the head) and etc to make sure that everything looked okay before the eyes were locked into place. Another cool feature on the eyes was that Rune would have “follow me eyes” which is an illusion. For those that do not know, follow-me eyes is where the eyes are pushed back farther in the head to create the illusion that they are looking at you no matter what direction you might be walking.

Rune foam head phase 11

  • Tongue and teeth:
    —After the last update, I ended up going on vacation, and, my maker ended up finding herself to be very busy. We kept communication open during this time since I still had one last payment of $100 to make. After awhile, she did find time to work on Rune again, and his teeth and tongue were put in on June 27th.
    The maker asked if I wanted Rune’s tongue to remain flat or whether I wanted to add in some fluff to make it take up more of the mouth. But, being concerned with ventilation and the like within the fursuit head, and, not knowing exactly what a puffed-up tongue might look like, I decided to keep the tongue flat as to keep things simple. Plus, the tongue already looked good as-is, and, I did not want to mess that up and be difficult for my maker.
    With this final update, the teeth and everything else being in place and lips added to make everything look more realistic…all that was left now was the neck piece for Rune and he would be complete!! The only thing I asked at this point was that Rune be shaved down just a tad bit more to which, my maker would do, but, we could not go much farther without the mesh being visible due to the fur being possibly too thin.

 

Rune fursuit head completion

  • Completion!!!
    —Rune was completed two days after the last update and the modeling pics were sent to me on June 29th!!! Rune was finally completed and, he looked amazing!! As per my agreement with my maker, I sent the final payment of $100 to her, and she agreed to ship Rune ASAP and to get me a tracking number when she could. At this point, the waiting is the first part because you just get so excited!!!!

 

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  • Shipping:
    —Rune was shipped out on July 4th because there were holidays before that. Also, I had asked my maker to wait and ship Rune once I had come home…and I did not return home until right before the first of July. He shipped from Canada, so, you had to take into account that it had to go through different routes than if it were shipped in the US. When commissioning anyone for a fursuit or fursuit parts…make sure you take into account where they are located, and base your shipping time and prices based on that. For me, shipping was around $50 because it was coming from a different Country.

 

  • Unboxing Time!!!!
    —Rune arrived safely to me on July 12th, 4-days sooner than originally expected! with the tracking number, I was able to see where he was traveling to and from, when he made it (checked in) and thus was able to plan when it was that I needed to be home so that I could accept the package. Rune showed up in really good condition, he was well packaged and the box was not ripped, smashed, or broken anywhere. Naturally, I got Rune’s head…but, I also got a lovely letter from the maker, a badge made by the maker, a lanyard for the badge if I could get it laminated (and I eventually will) as well as a wire brush for brushing out the head if it happened to get matted at all. All were very pleasant surprises and, I was able to get the unboxing on video while Skyping with some friends!

 

  • Maker Review:
    —My maker was AJ Vengeant (AJKitty on FA) and, Rune was only the second Fursuit head they had ever made. Since this was not a professional maker, I was taking a risk…but I am in no way disappointed with the result Rune is perfect! What made AJ amazing to work with was the fact that she never acted like i was “pestering” her or “bothering” her when I had questions or I wanted a progress report on Rune. In fact, I only ever had to ask for a progress report twice, and that was just because I had been out of touch for a few weeks and was merely curious (but ever really concerned). AJ was amazing with communicating things with me. She told me when she had gotten a part-time job and said she would have less time to work on Rune, she informed me when making him was taking longer than planned and he would have to be finished in June/July rather than May (which was not even a problem since I was going on vacation anyways and not going to AC). Any time she had a question for me, she would message me immediately and if it concerned colors, then, she would pick out the colors and have me choose between 2-3 different ones to make sure we had the correct shade.

    she did this for Rune’s fur, for his eyes, for the mouth, and for the tongue which was very nice. On top of that, even when I had not asked, she always told me when she was going to be taking a few days to work on Rune, and she also sent me all those lovely WIP photos so that I could see how Rune was coming along every step of the way until his completion. She was always a pleasure to work with and always answered my messages within the day unless she had work. I can honestly say that there was never a moment’s concern with this maker and Rune made it here A-OK without fear of being scammed or him never making it. So, 10/10 I would recommend this maker to anyone if ever she opens to people again for making fursuits/fursuit heads. Not to mention, she added in all those lovely gifts at no extra charge and it was such a lovely gesture and made me feel really appreciated as a customer!! Rune is sturdy and very fluffy. His ears wiggle and flop, and he is everything I could have hoped for. My chin is a tight fit, but, everything else is extremely comfortable, even if it does get very hot (as every Fursuit head does).  Vision in the suit is better than expected and is easy to slip on and off. S, def check them out if ever they are open for fursuits, and their art is really good as well. I know they occasionally do commissions of that nature as well…so I would def recommend you to invest in this artist!! 😀

AJ letter

 

  • Conclusion:
    —So, Rune’s head is now finished and, I could not be happier! I do plan on making him into a fullsuit eventually that I want to wear to cons and the like. But, until I can afford it, I might just make him a partial for charity events and suiting in public. There is a def I have yet to learn about fursuiting and fursuit care…but luckily, YouTube has several guides and tutorials that have really helped me out.
    Commission a fursuit or fursuit parts does not have to be a scary thing…and, when you see the steps that go into it, you can begin to see how much time it takes with one person working on the one project versus one or two people working on MULTIPLE projects at the same time. Also, now you can gauge how close to completion your own fursuit head might be by taking a look at mine, and what steps were taken in what order. Again, all makers are different and work at different paces with a different work ethic.

But, what do YOU think of Rune? I love him to bits, and I can’t wait to continue this fursuit journey with you…so thanks so much for all the support you all have given me, and thank you for tuning into my blog. It really does mean a lot! Fursuit Friday Feature will come back as planned next week…and until then, I will see you all in the next blog 😉

ASK ME ANYTHING!!! [New YouTube Channel]

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It’s a box!!! But what is inside?!?

Rune’s Fursuit Head of course! It’s done, it’s here! He is perfect, and, I can’t wait to share him with all my readers for tomorrow’s blog!!!!

But…that’s not what this blog post is about…well…it sorta is, and sorta isn’t.

The real news is that Rune has a YouTube Channel now!!!

After getting his fursuit head done, I decided to go ahead and make Rune a YouTube Channel to talk about all things Furry-related. This Channel would also include photo slideshows from when I might eventually take Rune out in public, future Cons and Furmeets, as well as some short skits just in general! I have big plans for the Channel, and already I have myself 9 subscribers after posting the unboxing video of Rune!!!

So that’s where YOU come in.

For Rune’s first official video outside of the unboxing one, I would like to do a Q&A while wearing Rune’s head! I feel like this would be a nifty and fun way that my subscribers and myself could get to know one-another a lot better and maybe then it could set off my channel so that I can get more people leaving me feedback on how I can make even more entertaining content for you all!
So, ask me questions…it can be about anything you want…food, furries, both? TV, real life…Pokemon Go, Furries, Angel Dragons…you name it, and I’m willing to talk about it really. 😀

So, if you want to drop a question for me…you can either drop a comment on this blog, or head on over to my YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7qkG1SsdlFtXwlzRL_rFOA) and leave me a comment there!

Thank you so much for reading my blog, for tuning in, and for all your continued to support! As always, I will see you all in the next blog 😉

FA has been down…and stuff. [Updates]

Rune ref by DreamcatcherDAD

***Art by: DreamcatcherDAD***

So, to start off this blog on a happy note: RUNE GOT HIS OFFICIAL REF!

I have been meaning to get one for awhile, but, I either never had the money or just figured I would eventually change his character so, I never really bothered. Still…having thought long and hard about his design and such…then seeing how people draw Rune differently and the attributes they either added or left out for whatever reason, I decided to change some pieces of his design, add the plushie as an accessory (that goes along with his lore), and decided it was high time for him to get an official ref sheet.

DreamcatcherDAD did more than justice with Rune, and I really could not be happier. You can compare the changes in his design with his old ref HERE:
Rune Angel Dragon

***Lines by Nekomangaka // colored by Amelia Rene Long (myself)***

The biggest changes were with his eyes and ears…I wanted his eyes to actually have some sort of blue pupil inside the blue, and wanted the black to be better pronounced. His ears i wanted to point a little rather than round out…and the last change was a small one, but one that I liked. His paw pads. In the original ref they were pink…but people either never showed the paw-pads, or, when they did make them, Aimee-Lesley-Sim started the trend by first giving Rune alternating paw-pad colors of blue and green, much like his fingers. I actually liked the artistic liberty there…so, I made it part of his design. Lastly, his wings were made more specific, and they now sport blue tips. Over all, I think this new ref is perfect for him…but…enough about that:

  • FA Got hacked…

—Furaffinity had been offline for a couple of days, and just yesterday evening did it come back online. But, there was a lot of stuff missing. People lost watchers, art was deleted, comments were erased, notes mysteriously vanished, journals disappeared as well. There has been a whole mess of things going on…and sadly, ALL of my accounts got affected. Granted, I can not say that I am super disappointed because I know that people who do commissions got it WAY worse than I did. They lost contact with customers, lost their artwork, and even lost their lists of who ordered what and etc.I know a lot of people lost work that they had commissioned and did not have a back-up of. I always keep a back-up of my things…but, that is a tragedy really. But, on my accounts I lost a lot of the work I posted that other people made me as well as stuff I had uploaded for friends. While most of my accounts were okay…Rune’s account got hit the hardest. I not only lost the most recently uploaded pics…but, fursuit pictures are now out of order because some went missing while others did not. Rune’s ref got deleted so, good thing I always save everything I am given. Other than that…nothing seems out of order or harmed.

I know a lot of people are disappointed and are hoping this issue gets fixed. I myself am waiting for a few days to see if the problems correct themselves, but, we will see.

  • Rune’s Species debate:

—A few weeks ago, I was thinking very heavily about Rune’s species. I have been working on his personal lore and how it revolves around my mate’s Dragon-wolf named Escap’e // well, in the end, Rune’s species was determined by his semi-realistic piece that I got from Kitty Zoppe…and I determined that Rune is neither an Angel Dragon or Dutchie outside of the fandom. Rather, in truth…he is just an fuzzy dragon. Th reason for this is because his form was determined by Escap’e who saved Rune’s relic (his heart), and this act of kindness summoned Rune forth into the new world as a miniature version of Escap’e (just with ancient patterns). They became soul bound…but either way, I determined that Rune is really a Fuzzy Dragon…but that I like showing him off as an Angel Dragon (which gives him a more Draconic form)…and also as a Dutch Angel Dragon: where he is more horse-like.

Well…then it got me to thinking about all the people that have Fursonas and then represent the same Fursona but as different species. I know people that have one fursona…but that this Fursona has a human form, a demon form, a Kotae form, and a wolf form…people have Dragon form, and Bundog forms. So, Rune just having 3 separate Dragon forms…I did not think it was so crazy.

Well, sure enough…I posted this thought on the AD Community Group and the DAD Community Group. The AD group approved my post no problem…and many people agreed that they have the same sona only in different forms. But, the DAD group rejected my post…saying that Dutch Angel Dragons can not transform into other species and that Rune was either a DAD entirely or, he could not be a DAD at all. After that, whenever I wanted to post something to show off art…I was asked by Nimbus whether or not Rune was DAD…and then I had to say he was a DAD or else I could not post anything. Nimbus has rejected a number of my posts for silly reasons (in my opinion), and it really gets on my nerves. Rune does not “transform” rather he is interpreted in different ways by different people…and that should not be considered a bad thing. So…that whole issue had me pretty upset for awhile and still bothers me a bit now. But, that was something I was brooding over for some time.

  • Real life stuff…

—So, lets talk my reality.
So, here lately I have not been feeling all that well…and to tell you the truth, it has been because of my weight. I used to actually be average in my weight (which is 150). I was very active, had a job where I was walking all the time, I played sports, went running, and etc…but, that was 4 years ago, and, after 2 years in Germany and now a lot of downtime in Texas…I have gained a LOT of weight. I now weigh in at 225 and it’s awful. I feel…winded all the time, tired all the time, and really weak. So, because of this, I decided it was time to take action…serious action.

I tried dieting before, was working out before…but, I have just gotten so heavy that all-in-all, I was not seeing any results. So, I ended up dishing out $200 to get a Lipo-Den shot and 2-months supply of appetite suppressants. These things have helped soldiers lose 44 pounds in a month, and to me, it was an extreme decision…but it was one I felt I needed to take.

So, I have been on this pill for about a week…and it keeps me from having random cravings as well as giving me energy so that I’m not compelled to sleep all the time. Along with these things…I’m on a revised atkins diet and am required to do 30 minutes of cardio a day. The diet part has been pretty easy…but the cardio part…not so much..I’m still trying, but it has me stressed because I know my weight loss will not be as much as the soldiers. they do PT, they have access to a gym. I do not. Not to mention that I have to self-motivate myself at every turn to get up and get active. It’s not something I’m used too…and what keeps me paranoid is the fear I have wasted $200 and that i will not lose anything…not even a few pounds. So…I have not only not been motivated to work out (even though I still do), but I have not been motivated to do my blogs or anything else here recently either. It’s a problem I hope that I can get over and fix here soon.

  • Blog Updates:

—So, as far as the blog goes…I am going to try my hardest to get back into the swing of things. This blog takes a lot of time, thinking, and planning …and sometimes, I just do not have that time. I do have a job, I do have a wife…so, things can get hectic for me. But, I do want to post more…do want to get more watchers here. And honestly, I would like to see more views come of this from more than just me posting about bad things (like the prior Amber Alert posting which was my biggest hit yet).

 

Anyways, that’s all I got for now…thank you so much for tuning in. I hope to provide more content for you in the future…and I will see you all in the next one 😉

Angel Dragon Canon will be coming!

Yes, you actually heard that right…

This is not exactly NEW news…as this happened several weeks ago. But, it was still something I failed to post about that I want to bring to light now. So, as most people in the Ad and DAD communities…there has been this petty war going on. Anymore, I’m not pointing fingers. I won’t say it’s completely one person’s fault or the other person’s fault. In fact, I see fault on BOTH sides.

But…this whole debate came after a statement was released from the DAD Community, saying that regular Angel Dragons “were not a real species”

Now, as you can probably guess, this ruffled more than a few feathers in the AD Community, and cries of outrage ensued. Are Angel Dragons a species? Of course they are! But…unfortunately, the DAD Community did come up with some valid points. So, during a Skype call with others in the AD Community, this was my two-cents on it:

It’s going to be hard to make this stop…

…honestly, it is. There are points on both sides here, the more I am involved in all this, the more I see where both sides are coming from. Angel Dragons…is it a species? Yes…I believe so. I believe it could be…and I believe it is the chibi fluffy dragons that are mistaken as Dutch when not in feral form. I see them more as those people that like the looks of a fluffy chibi Dragon but do not believe in DAD restrictions and/or their characters do not fit in the lore. Also, they are Angelic in nature. So yes, it is a species. But, are Dutchies a sub-species of Angel Dragon? I would not say sub-species…but I might go so far to say a sister-species. But sub-species means it came from Angel Dragons…as if the fluffy chibi dragons somehow inspired a dragon-horse hybrid and I just don’t see sub-species working for something that was meant to be original. Whether or not its an unpopular idea…then it is what it is…but that’s how I feel.

However, there was a point made that Angel Dragons have NOTHING in common with one another…and that’s actually true. Not all Angel Dragons are Angelic in nature, not all of them share fluff or rounded noses. Some calling themselves Angel Dragons are just what people would normally see as a regular dragons. Some have pointed noses, some have round, some have blank eyes, some have cartoony eyes. Some use theirs as humanoid, some are only feral…some use theirs for NSFW still calling themselves “Angel” and some do not. There is nothing making us one group other than the fact that we come together as a family of people with common interests and a love for chibi dragons. But, the creatures themselves have nothing in common. So, it is a point they can make, and until that issue is resolved…we do not have much grounds for calling ourselves a species even though we are and we know we are. I’m not one for policing a species and I believe in freedom of creation…but like a wolf is different than a dog, so an Angel Dragon should be standing out from a typical dragon and there should be some common core rules that link us together as a species. That’s the only way we can combat what the Dutchies are trying to say about us.

So I agree we need to take counter-measures, but we need to analyze everything they said, make improvements where they need to go…really think about what it is to be an Angel Dragon outside of a regular Dragon (since that is the main argument of the DADs) and then go from there. But this whole petty war thing…it’s getting tiresome…and with the DADs White Knights launching the attack like that…I think they need to grow up.

I know that what I had to say made a few people grumble…but, they knew at the same time that what I had said…they could not argue. What makes DAD’s unique is not really their design (horse and dragon hybrids have been around forever…good luck being original in this fandom), but rather, it is their lore and their story. It’s the story behind what inspired them as well as their canon for their characters which involves the reason why they have rules against muzzle rings and no genitals…

So, after my statement…there was a quiet…and then Hyro (one of the leaders of the AD Community) made this announcement:

AD canon coming

Now, this has been weeks already…and the story is still under development. The problem I am seeing with this is because of how “individual” each member of the Community wants to be. When it came to the “Underworld Dragons”, someone said they wanted to be a “Nether Dragon” instead. So now we have a sub-species of Underworld Dragon…or not? This person wanted it to be its own unique thing…Not to mention we have the Tunnel Claw ADs which at least have their own canon story…then there’s Pearl which is unique because her ice powers came from her own back-story. So, I wonder if a Canon will really draw us together as species? I wonder what kind of story could even begin to relate us all to one another without it getting too unorganized? As of right now…with everyone wanting to be their own special dragon, dragon-hybrid, or themed dragon…I’m having a hard time seeing hope for a solid canon…but honestly, only time will tell what is in store for the AD Community.

But…just thought I would post this update.

The Angel Dragons have always been a species. Once the Community was forged and the majority pulled away from being a DAD it should have been long established that we were our own thing. But, as I said…with everyone wanting to be their own special snowflake…and not much in common with one another (including general anatomy), it has been hard for us to stand our ground as an actual, solid species…

Either way…this constant back-and-forth between the two communities needs to end. Whether or not they decide to come together to cooperate, they at least need to have some sort of truce, drop their personal past issues, and leave each other alone if they cannot work together as a team.

WYR is not coming again this week, so more artists highlights ahead. Thanks so much to the people tuning in, and, I will see you all in the next one 😉

Fursuit Friday Feature #4: Dawn the DAD

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Hello everyone and welcome to another “Fursuit Friday Feature” where we give highlight to those in the Furry Fandom that are fursuiting!!! Today we have another person from the Facebook Group FaLi (Furry-and-Loving-it)…an Admin no less: Dawn the Dutch Angel Dragon!

Angel Dragons and Dutch Angel Dragons are super adorable and have been taking the fandom by storm for some time, so, it has always been really fun to feature them, talk to them, and get them to do interviews for this very reason. They always have such amazing art, great communities, and all that jazz. So, without further adieu, lets get down to knowing more about Dawn and the person suiting this adorable creature!!!

1. Name: My name is Nikki
2. Character Name: Character is Dawn
3. Character Species: He is a Dutch Angel Dragon

 
4. Fursuit Maker: Shanti Y. Smith
(I think her company is Monster’s Creations)

 
5. Total Cost: $400

 
6. How long did it take you to get your Fursuit?
About 3 months I think

 
7. Do you go out in public while wearing your suit?
Duh of course

 
8.Have you been to any Cons in the suit?
Not yet. Just fur meets

 
9. How have people reacted to your Fursuit?
Well I did get called the devil once…but usually get called adorable

 
10. What was your main goal in getting the suit? Did you have any plans for it or did you just do it for fun?
My main goal was to get it to make people happy. I enjoy cheering people up and making them smile.

 
11. Do you make any videos while in suit (YouTube)?
I haven’t made any yet except for a vlog and an adventure videos but they’ll be coming soon!

 

 

 

So there you have it folks…another wonderful Fursuit Friday Feature is finished and we will just as quickly begin to work our way towards the amazing #5…
But: I NEED YOUR HELP!
I am running out of submissions for Fursuit Friday and would love to feature your Fursona in this very blog!!! If you’re interested in helping me out for this, please leave a comment down below, dropping a link to a place where I might reach you (Facebook, FA, DA, doesn’t matter) so that I can send you the questions and then maybe YOU can be featured in next week’s Fursuit Friday Feature!!!

More blogs to come throughout the week…for those celebrating it, hope you are having a wonderful and eventful “Good Friday”. Wishing everyone the best and a lovely weekend, and, as always…I will see you in the next blog 😉

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