***Candygore Rune art by Otaku_Foxx***
Hello everybody, and welcome back to another section of rune’s journey to being a Fursuit! I’m excited to say that: RUNE’S HEAD IS ALMOST FINISHED!!!! I have been very blessed with having an amazing maker (AJ Vengeant on FB // AJKitty on FA) who keeps in contact with me regularly and has been sending me updates like mad the last couple of weeks. But yes, Rune’s head is almost finished…but, this “category” in the blog list will continue going even after the head is finished…because I do plan on making Rune into a full suit some day. Some of it will be commissioned, other parts are going to be done by my wife and I…so, all-in-all…the journey does not just end at Rune’s Fursuit Head…and I’m so happy to be able to share this with all of you.
[[DISCLAIMER: Please do not take my personal experience with my maker as the basis for all makers. Please understand that a lot of fursuit makers have other customers and will juggle multiple projects at once. Also, not all makers show as many WIP reports as mine has done. Professional makers might handle themselves differently, and their payment plans might be different as well. Please make sure to read and understand your maker’s terms ahead of time so that you know what to expect. Just because you may not get your suit done as quickly as mine has been done, it does not mean you are being scammed. My maker is only working on my fursuit head at the moment and is able to dedicate all that time to it’s completion. So, again, please keep in mind that this is merely my personal experience, and should not be taken as a permanent model of how all makers should and/or would conduct their business…]]
Before I forget! If you have not checked it out already…the first part to this blog series does not only cover my personal story with Rune being made into a Fursuit, BUT, it also goes into how you commission a Fursuit Head…what to expect out of a maker…what professional work is like, how to avoid scams, and etc. So, if that’s something you might be interested in: please click HERE for the link to that first part…
- In the Last Blog:
—In the last blog I had finally been given the WIP on Rune’s foam head. The mouth still had to be dug out, the foam was still pretty rough (had yet to be smoothed and all that jazz), and the ears and horns had not been added yet. It was a start. This was on April 2nd, and, we did run into a bit of a delay. My maker actually got a part-time job and had started working…not to mention that life got crazy for us both. Unfortunately when it comes to art or crafting of any sort…this type of thing will happen, and so, it’s essential to stay in contact with those that pay for your services so that they are informed. Luckily, my maker has always been kind enough to let me know what is happening ahead of time, and while there was a bit of delay, I understood that life happens, and was fine with waiting a little bit longer for Rune to be finished.
- Ear check:
—On April 21st (19 days since the last update on the foam head), I was given this picture of an “ear-check” for Rune’s ears. This was because my maker and I had been talking several days prior on how Rune’s ears should look. There were inconsistencies in how he was drawn, so, my maker needed my opinion on what I envisioned for Rune. While Rune has a different form depending on how he is represented (Longer ears if being shown as a Dutchie and shorter when being shown as just a regular Angel Dragon), with this being more of a Dutch-Angel-Dragon base, we eventually decided on longer ears because Rune’s badge actually showed him with longer ears. Not to mention that it was the ears from Reaper’s foam base (the example I was shown before commissioning my maker) that made me want to hire my maker to make Rune anyways. Still, after talking about it for a week, showing several examples of how i thought Rune’s ears should be…this pic was given to me as a temporary ear placement and ear check to see if I approved the design. I loved the design, so, my maker was able to continue working on Rune. Also, my maker noted that the eyes had been rounded out more for better vision, and that the mouth had been widened for better ventilation. This was a nice touch and was very thoughtful of my maker 🙂
- The Ears are on!!!
—A week later on April 28th, 2016…Rune’s ears had been fully secured. The foam head had been made a lot smoother, and this was just a check to make sure that the ears looked right. Also, throughout the week, my maker had asked to see if I wanted stiff ears (that won’t fold if you tug on them) or the pull-down ears (flexible enough that you can pull them down and then they will spring back up). I chose the pull-down ears because I felt like that was the best option…me personally liking ears and all. These more permanent ears looked amazing and Rune was really balancing out. At this point, my maker and I were also discussing the third payment. We agreed that the third payment could be made when Rune finally got around to the “furring” stage since he was so close. Since payments were no longer going to materials, it only made sense to me that more progress be made before I send the second-to-last payment, and, my maker agreed. All that was left on his head at this point was to dig out the nostrils and mouth, the spikes on the back of the head had already been added…he still needed his brow horns, and then, he would be ready for taping.
- Spikes and Horns:
—Only a day after the horns have been attached, on April 29th, the rest of the head was finished. And by finished, I mean that the foam was done, the brow spikes were attached, the nostrils had been dug out, foam was smoothed some more, and the mouth was carved out more than before. The brow spikes look very large on the foam, but, once the fur was added, they would not look as big. The eyes looked a lot better being as round as they were…so, making them larger earlier on had been a good thing. Since I approved all the work and design, Rune could go onto the next step.
—With Rune’s foam design complete, the taping process could now begin. This was also sent to me on April 29th (I understand that my maker works extremely fast since my Fursuit head is their only project at the moment) and it showed the layout of where Rune’s fur would go. It’s like a map for the maker, letting them know what color is supposed to lay where and how it’s all supposed to line up and etc. For Rune, half of his face is grey and the other is white. He has a zig-zag pattern with the fur and on the white side he has a blue spiral and some other markings. My theory of the brow spikes proved to be right as well. Wit the tape, they did not look as big which was good for me. But, with the taping done, I double-checked the markings to make sure they were correct…and then the furring process could begin!
- The Fur pattern is complete!
—I first saw these pictures, and, my initial thought was: “Wow, Rune needs a haircut”! XD
The furring process started on May 2nd, and this was what the fur looked like when laid over the foam head. It had not all been sewn yet, and naturally was awaiting my approval on it. Everything looked in place. The grey looked a little darker than what I expected, but, my maker assured me it was just bad lighting. Still, all the patterns looked in place, and, once Rune was shaved down, it would all look a lot cleaner for sure. So, at this point, all Rune needs is to be shaved down after all his fur is sewn and glued on. Eyes will be added in, maybe some teeth with be added, and he will be getting a little green tongue as well. Out side of that, he will be finished and ready to ship! So I’m looking at maybe another month, plus, however long shipping takes, and, naturally, I have to finish making my payments.
- Third Payment:
—Since I got update of Rune’s fur on May 2nd…on May 3rd, I made my third payment of $100 on Rune’s suit as per the agreement with my maker. Now Rune only has one more payment to go which will be given upon his completion. This final payment includes the last $50 owed to my maker for services as well as $50 for shipping the head to me. So, we are in the final stages of the head…and it’s really exciting!!!
In conclusion for this section…Rune’s head is almost finished, and, I cannot even begin to express how excited I am right now. This is a dream-come-true for me…having always wanted a Fursuit and then knowing that I wanted it to be an Angel Dragon. This is one of the biggest investments that I have ever made. I am looking towards the future and seeing the changes I can try and make in the world with Rune, and so, this is one more piece in the giant puzzle I want to complete with this little Angel Dragon.
More progress will come of course. All the next few WIPs on this head will be posted here as well as an unboxing video that I hope to do. Granted, my webcam will not be the best, but, it will still be so much fun to make and place on Rune’s brand-new YouTube Channel (coming soon)!!! So, I hope that all of you will join me for that one!
More content coming to you throughout the week. We will have Fursuit Friday again this week, and hopefully more WYR (Would-You-Rather) next week as well. But, thanks for tuning in, and, I will see you all in the next one 😉