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I don't want to have all sad journals, so, I am pleased to say I will be going to Anthrocon this year!
Thanks to a friend for offering me space in their room, I can afford to go this year!

How exciting! I really hope I can get Scraps finished by then, though I might be in a bit over my head trying to finish my first fursuit in a week...
I'm still going to try! It's fun anyway!

In other news, I have all the materials I need now, so it's just a matter of building and planning and sewing.
Dollar stores are the best for unexpected salvage opportunities! I need rubber to make footpaws, but where to get that? Rubber to walk on by the sheet? I had no idea, and it sounded expensive.
Then I saw a bunch of cheap sandals in the dollar store... you know, those ones that are basically just a rubber sole and strings/plastic?
That's just what I was looking for! So I got all the rubber I needed and then some for $3.

Overall, I think my costs have come to about $400, although probably $150 or more was tools I needed, and of course the fur was free scrap. And I still need to pick a simple sewing machine, with maybe a zigzag stitch... I'm trying to figure out if I can get a half decent one for less than $100, so any suggestions are welcome if anyone knows a good brand or whatnot.

Whatever happens, I'll be going to Anthrocon, tail or not! Woohoo!
'Scraps' Design - Measurements and Practice (V2) by SpiffyFox
'Scraps' Design - Measurements and Practice (V2)
Edit: Upon re-examination, my measurements were off, and so were my sketches! By a half an inch on one side, that I missed!
Fixed the middle sketches, because that was going to drive me nuts otherwise.
Thanks again to :iconcheesebeagle: for spotting that! I completely forgot to account for the mis-sized build in my quick sketches - "Oh, I'll cut that when I get to it."
I'm going to cut it now so I don't forget!

I know, this guy is all I draw lately! But I've finally got his design down I think, and after marking out a measurement grid for the 15th time, I think I have finalized the finer details!

Not drawing ears, 'cause I don't have the material to start them yet, and they get in the way! Will be easier to just cut them out and stick them on since I already have the measurements for them.

So close to done!

Now all I have left to do is to carve this out, measure everything, add more foam to places, carve more from others, design the jaw, line the inside, take measurements again, design the ears, build the ears, pick out a fur pattern, cut out fur patches, sew them together, trim the fur, brush it out, glue/sew it on, trim it more, add the ears, and then make paws, and feet, and the rest of the body, design digitigrade legs...

Okay, maybe there's still a bit left to do... I'm going to be busy...
Paws and feet should be a bit easier to design, I think.
I might need a sewing machine - I think my brain will cease to function if I tried to hand sew everything.

The foam for his ears should be here tomorrow! I can tack them on so he won't look so bald anymore. I tried that with aluminum foil, but that didn't hold very well... it looked cute while I held it up though! So I know the idea works!

If I get a sewing machine, I might never stop making things!
Who knew I'd have so much fun doing this!
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Fursuit Head for 'Scraps' - Continued Progress by SpiffyFox
Fursuit Head for 'Scraps' - Continued Progress
This is harder than I thought, but I think this chunk of foam is actually starting to look like a bit more than foam!
Oh, right, and he has a name now: Scraps.
I thought it fitting, considering the majority of the materials I have been using to make him are scrap material.

Just finished lining the eyes to resize them and prep for the 'follow me' eyes build.
They make for an amusing expression with everything pinned in place.

So I'm alternating between sketching and building. Drawing it before cutting off foam seems to be the safe bet.

The muzzle needs to be shorter I think - The middle sketch seems promising.
Ears will be longer, but they're for later.
Primary focus in the muzzle, eyes, and cheeks right now.

I think I'll try magnets for adjustable eyebrows.
I need to find some strong ones to see if that's plausible - I'd rather they not fall off while I'm running around! That would be a little creepy.

How many hours? Lots of them.
I start working, and it gets dark out, then break for food, then keep working and it gets light out, and I get a snack and keep working.
I'll sleep - eventually.
I'm having fun.
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Social anxiety, for me, stems from what seems to be a completely subjective and vast variance in experiences with people.
With so many variables, quirks, pitfalls, and unpredictability, with so many unwritten rules of behavior, where does one even begin to approach such a complicated process?

Home-schooling had the advantage of teaching me the way I needed to learn.
It had the distinct (dis)advantage of minimizing social interaction.
I was not naturally given to socialization anyway, I had more interesting things to see and learn.

I have heard many horror stories about school days, and I know I hated every second of it when I was there 'till kindergarten, so maybe I dodged a bullet.
But you learn from pain that doesn't kill you, so maybe I missed a lesson or two that wasn't in the books.

I'd sit at my desk and cry most of the time, that's all I remember. That and sitting by the fence during recess, making escape plans in my head.
I told one of the kids there I was really Link - because he was a hero and would save the world, so I thought that was cool, I could do that.
Heroes were brave and strong, right?

I've always been a bit... emotionally fragile. I think I was 8 when I heard the tune 'It's a Small World' on a music box, and it made me cry.
It just seemed like a sad tune to me for some reason. Maybe it was the instrument. I didn't know the lyrics.

Maybe that was the early signs of emotional problems? Or an artistic bent. That's sort of a blurred line between those two anyway.

Still, there are so many questions there is no clear answer for.

Like for example: Is there a moment in casual conversation in which you effectively progress a casual acquaintance, to a good friend?
What is the procedure for this? How do you tell when you're there? Do you have to visit a number of times, or hang out, or have tea, to reach a certain point you can talk about more personal topics?

When you're not familiar with the other person, how do you tell how often is too often to be around them? Or contact them?
Is it weird to ask someone to do the same thing again next time you meet, like have tea again? Or go hiking?
Does that mean you're boring if you don't pick something new next time?

If someone says they'd like to hang out, but then don't contact you, how long do you wait? Would it be rude to contact them without waiting a day or two? Or are you supposed to pick something first? And then if you pick one venue, shouldn't you wait for them to pick the next? If they don't, does that mean they've changed their mind about you?

How many opportunities I must have missed because I wasn't sure who's turn it was to pick something to do?

When the conversation is light, and someone asks about something with not so light an answer, how do you respond?
"California was nice when I visited. What did you do while you were there?" "I lived on the streets."
Should I lie? Glaze it over? Maybe joke instead?
Divert attention away?

The only "guidance" I've ever gotten on what to talk about when, is the extremely vague shaking of the head, and dumb signalling to stop talking, from my parents.
So they taught me there are topics which are taboo at certain times with certain people, and then give me absolutely no information whatsoever on how to pick these out.
I feel like I missed a memo somewhere, or a vital pamphlet on how to interact with other people.

Add in 12 years of home-school, and I think I missed the bus completely. I just don't get it.

I think most people tend to notice I'm a bit awkward, so there's that at least.
But where the bloody hell do you learn how to be NOT awkward?

Rhetorical questions really, just venting a bit.
Though if there is an answer that doesn't start with 'it depends on...' I'm all ears.

Making things is a good distraction. I'll post my progress! And maybe sleep, eventually.
Fursuit Head - Concept Sketches by SpiffyFox
Fursuit Head - Concept Sketches
Why do I take so long to post? Because I have been busy! With this!

These are just some concept sketches over the head I have built so far, there will be aggressive trimming and sculpting involved to get the right look, but I'm getting an idea where to go.
Photos faded to emphasize lines.

The most tricky part to this? Keeping track of the middle!
Seriously! Adding layers on and random chunks of foam, and I loose track of where everything balances out, so I gotta remember to keep track of those center lines!

Will figure out the details over a bit of time - may have to start on paws and feet while I wait for the specialized foam for the ears!

Going to make a hard plastic base for the ears, then line with a stiff, closed-cell foam to about halfway, then leave the rest of the ear floppy - so hopefully that setup will hold it's shape while keeping it loose enough to flop about still.
Because I think that's cute!

I still don't know what he is. Canine at least...
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SpiffyFox
Is a zebra!
Artist
United States
There are some strange things on the internet

This may apply to me

As it probably does to most people
by someone's estimation at least

So fair warning:
You may find me strange.

But if you're curious, feel free to ask me anything!
ANYYYYYTHIIIING.
I may not want to answer, but you can still ask.
I don't want to have all sad journals, so, I am pleased to say I will be going to Anthrocon this year!
Thanks to a friend for offering me space in their room, I can afford to go this year!

How exciting! I really hope I can get Scraps finished by then, though I might be in a bit over my head trying to finish my first fursuit in a week...
I'm still going to try! It's fun anyway!

In other news, I have all the materials I need now, so it's just a matter of building and planning and sewing.
Dollar stores are the best for unexpected salvage opportunities! I need rubber to make footpaws, but where to get that? Rubber to walk on by the sheet? I had no idea, and it sounded expensive.
Then I saw a bunch of cheap sandals in the dollar store... you know, those ones that are basically just a rubber sole and strings/plastic?
That's just what I was looking for! So I got all the rubber I needed and then some for $3.

Overall, I think my costs have come to about $400, although probably $150 or more was tools I needed, and of course the fur was free scrap. And I still need to pick a simple sewing machine, with maybe a zigzag stitch... I'm trying to figure out if I can get a half decent one for less than $100, so any suggestions are welcome if anyone knows a good brand or whatnot.

Whatever happens, I'll be going to Anthrocon, tail or not! Woohoo!

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SpiffyFox Featured By Owner Edited Mar 27, 2015
Thank you everyone!!
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FlyingRam Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
Happy Birthday! :dance:
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SpiffyFox Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015
Thank you thank you!!
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SpiffyFox Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
I love all you guys!
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Squirrelbits4u Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
-pinches nose- Boop.
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SpiffyFox Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015
*sneezes*
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Squirrelbits4u Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AHNOOOOO SPIFFYSNOT
-cleans it-
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SpiffyFox Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015
Not my fault! It was dust or something!
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xglide Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Student Writer
happy birthday! :hug:
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SpiffyFox Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015
Thank you!! <3
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