slycat: (Bamber Raccoon)
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So today i'll be receiving my first new fursuit in 7 years and this time round it's not another cat, it's a raccoon! This came about rather quickly as Deezlberries had mentioned on twitter he had a toony dog fursuit for sale and as I had some money from selling shares, I thought why not considering it was great value. However in talking with Deez, we decided that I'd be more interested in the project he was working on which was a raccoon (the dog ended up being bought by @TruckTheBear).

I had no say in the character design as by the time I said I was interested, the head shape had already been made and the body would be based on an existing pattern. I was fine with this as I'm not really a creative type and it also meant that the suit was more affordable than normal. When it came to the eyes, Deez did ask me for feedback, and it took quite a while before we were both happy with the look.

Bamber Raccoon Test Eyes

See above the possible eye options we went through (incidentally, it'd be really neat to have a suit where you can swap out the irises and move them elsewhere on a blank eye for different expressions - sadly I didn't take a photo of the awesome face). After finally deciding, Deez drilled the eyes and moulded some teeth (as the mouth looked a bit empty without any) before adding some final touches as seen in this rather colourful final picture:

Bamber Raccoon

I came up with the name Bamber after Deez suggested using locations nearby. There's a place called Bamber Bridge nearby and that had a certain ring to it and had the added benefit of not being used by anyone on FA already. Another name I had considered were Digby (sounds like Rigby from Regular Show & is part of the name Sir Digby Chicken Caesar) but it was taken on FA by another suiter and wanted something that would result in less confusion.

I'm really happy with the toony expression and was very impressed with the quality of the teeth as I was expecting something more simple. If all goes to plan, I'll receive the suit this evening so expect more photos later :)

Date: 2014-01-10 08:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] huskyteer.livejournal.com
That is an infectious smile!

Date: 2014-01-11 02:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tilt-longtail.livejournal.com
YAY! He looks great !

Date: 2014-01-12 11:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slycat.livejournal.com
Thanks, expect to see more of him! Not retiring SlyCat but Bamber will be taking over as my number 1 suit so sadly chances of brothers SlyCat & Griefer meeting again aren't that great :(

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