My Favourite Fursuits
Yep, there are lots of them! I like fursuits!
(So many, in fact, that I haven't yet had time to write something about all of them . . .)
- Unci's tail
- Strictly speaking, a tail alone does not a fursuit make. Unci's
tail-building page was, however, my introduction to the wonderfully
interesting world of fursuiting, so I think it's appropriate to include it here.
- Since Unci
has apparently lost his original tail-making page, the link points
to Giza's helpfully
- It was also through Unci's web pages that I discovered the delights
of going free-pawed
(known outside furry as barefooting).
- Jamie Wolf
- Jamie's player is now known as
Atpaw, but his Jamie
Wolf fursuit was the first proper fursuit I became aware of.
By today's standards, Jamie looks a little less than perfect,
but it's pretty darn good for the era. The general standard of
fursuit construction has surged forward over the last few years;
I can't wait to see what's coming up next!
- He'tah the Cheetah
- Atpaw's more recent creation, a full-body cheetah. When he first took He'tah out
for a run round town, people didn't believe he'd built the suit himself.
I can believe that! The head, especially, is of nicely realistic proportions.
- Widge the Rat
- Widge was created by Nicodemus.
With a name like Nicodemus, how could he not build a ratsuit?
It seems Widge was successful, and he looks fine, but the main reason
for mentioning him here is Nico's
fursuiting website, one of the most comprehensive sources of fursuiting
information out there.
- Igneous the Gargoyle
- One of Nicodemus's more recent suits, it's a gargoyle and really
does look as though it's made of stone. It's a great demonstration
of the difference your selection of materials can make.
- Schreber the Skunk
- Skunki is a long-time fursuiter. I think he was somewhat narced by
the accusations he received in the wake of
the coverage he
got from Eurotrash,
and he seems no longer to have the mascot-style full-body Marylen's skunk-suit
that was the focus of all the publicity, and instead has a
rather less toony, partial skunk fursuit, which I happen to think
is most cool.
- Kun the Dog
- The Japanese seem to have a tradition of "kigurumi", which seems to
be similar to fursuiting, except that it's considerably more mainstream.
(I don't know what kigurumi's relation is to cosplay; for all I know,
it's possible they are the same thing.)
Kun has made a very nice doggy.
- Skonishi Syumi the
Weird and Wonderful Alien Cat-Thing
- This one is the creation of a Japanese cosplayer/fursuiter and described
only in Japanese, so I don't know anything about this zoot other than that
it exists. Looks nice, though.
- Marrok the Werewolf
- Wow! Now we're getting into serious realism. Marrok has totally
overhauled his werewolf costume at least three times and seems to
tweak at least something every other month, and his attention to
detail has paid off.
- Legend the Griffin
- Legend's big claim to fame is his
That's not to say the rest of his suit isn't any good -- it is.
Sadly, though, it doesn't seem to be quite finished yet.
Legend has apparently been improving the wingpack design since he last updated his
own page; a more up-to-date wingpack can be seen on
Cryalith's wings page.
- Ace the Border Collie Puppy
- Legend's wingpacks seem to be all over the place nowadays, and
Diadexxus has one for her
winged white tiger,
Good as the Diadexxus suit is, I can't say it's a real favourite of mine.
However, just for looks, I prefer her border collie, Ace,
who is wonderfully cute.
- Alopex the Fox
- Alopex has taken the "low-tech" fursuiting style a step further. He
hasn't invented any revolutionary new techniques, but a few good ideas
combined with good design make Alopex II one of the most convincing
fursuits I know of. Take a look at this
to see what I mean.
- Petora the Wolf
- Another approach in the low-tech school, Petorawolf has a different answer
to the problem of creating a form-fitting furry second skin which neither
restricts movement nor goes baggy. His paw design is interesting too.
- Falstaff just looks excellent and is quite believable, especially in
static photos. He's a bit too toony
for my tastes, but the excellent character design means Falstaff
(created by J Willard)
makes my favourites list anyway. I haven't yet found
a proper web page about this suit, so I just link to the best photo I've seen
of him. I made a print of this photo to frame and hang on my wall... did I mention
I like this fursuit?
- Ashitare the Werewolf
- Another strong character, Ashitare has been lifted from the Fushigi
Yuugi anime series. Nice and realistic, Ashitare also has only one
good eye, the other being a cross-shaped scar. Disabilities of any
kind is somewhat rare in fursuits, for the obvious reason that most
costumers are interested in portraying a more idealised character.
Something out of the ordinary, though, can enhance characterisation -
remember the one-armed shopkeeper in The Simpsons?