WELCOME CREATIVES, DREAMERS AND THE LIKE
We have gotten past the first quarter of the year and what a crazy ride it has been already. I really feel like this will be an establishing year for my artwork, once I finally get life settled. Right now, I am aiming to focus on developing my exact style which will be used for my fursuit making technique. As it is an experimental endeavor, I expect to have a lot of trial and error. I’m ready to move to the next step with getting the fur and other materials. I plan on sharing each day that I work on this project, so be sure to follow along!
I am currently selecting the fur that I will be using for my Nova costume. For the moment, I want to stick with only doing a partial costume, one that can be worn with normal everyday clothing, as well as other costume outfits. I can’t say for sure if I will ever want to do full body suit costumes. We will have to see, I suppose! Anyway, I went through around 25 shades of brown faux fur swatches, checking length, thickness, breathability, weave durability, and so forth. There are so many choices, and thankfully because of that, I don’t think I will have need of much airbrushing for my character. I can’t say for sure if I will want to do airbrushing with my suits. I rather like the idea of not needing to worry about washing off airbrushed markings.
And here we are! My choices. I reduced the number of colors I would need to buy, from five to four. I'm going with Mendel's Punky Muppet in 4 hues: Chocolate, Mushroom, Vanilla, and Off-White. I may have to do some blending, but I like where this is at. I was possibly going to add Fawn Brown because it was SO luxuriously soft, but It wasn't enough of a contrast, and it would just mean more extraneous sewing that I felt would be unnecessary for my character. I'll be ordering the fur soon hopefully. (Before the month is done if I'm lucky.) As I have been saving up as much money as I could over the last few months. Originally that fund was going to go towards commissioning someone else to make this for me, but I thought more and more.... I could do it if I were to really put my mind to it!
Before I get the fur in bulk, I also will be working on the other side of this costuming business that I had in mind. Which is that I want to make a masquerade mask that will fit over the fursuit mask itself. Something elegant and formal. If everything goes as planned, then this will be something I offer as a bonus to anyone who commissions a costume from me; a fursuit-fitted masquerade mask with every order! This may sound hammy, but I have always enjoyed the thought of a formal fursuit masquerade ball. That is where my subsidiary business name even came from, “Masqfurade.” It’s amazingly exciting to see it coming to fruition. Below is a quick concept of what Nova's masquerade mask might look like when I am finished.
Thanks for following along so far with my artistic journey! I hope you'll all continue to keep up as I learn and grow this skill! And as always....
Keep dreamin'! ~ Nova Nocturne