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Tue Jun 30, 2015, 11:57 AM





References: Original skin by NishithV, modified/coded by CypherVisor
New journal skin and code modified by CanineHybrid


Pocket Protector

'Pocket Protector' Raptor Shirt Design by CanineHybrid
Raptor Shirts!
www.pocketraptors.com

Today, June 30th, is the very last day of the 25% off sale! Use coupon code CHEERS2U at the end of the checkout process to get the discount.


I am also taking RMFC pre-orders for these! If you submit an order and pay your invoice by the end of today, I'll honor the discount too : )
I'm purchasing the first pre-order batch just before midnight my time.
[Preorders]



Quick Life Updates



-We did finally get a new house, still unpacking slowly but the studio is mostly set up again. I have a garage for the first time! I can now do year-round casting
-I am focusing on casting as many products as I can to catch up on previous orders and have items for sale at RMFC. I will be contacting everyone to make order/payment/refund/etc arrangements when I am ready to tackle them all.

-CanineHybrid.com is no more
I lost the domain name a few months ago; it expired without me knowing or being contacted. Unfortunately someone bought it out from under me and uses it as domain squatting for something inappropriate. Therefore, I can no longer do business as CanineHybrid Creations.
-My email broke, my website, broke, my webstore broke. Everything associated with CanineHybrid.com I no longer have access to and haven't for quite some time.
-I will be doing business under a different name soon and rebranding my work, which I will announce when ready. I will still be active as "CanineHybrid" for personal use. For now, quickest way to contact me is poking Twitter.

-I will be on my family's vacation from July 6-13 (this is why I'm not at AnthroCon again, it usually overlaps) and not available during this time
-When I return, I will be switching to part-time at my job... allowing me to FINALLY be a working artist for the first time ever. This means no more stagnation and there will finally be commission opportunities for you guys! It's a big, scary step for me but it's always been the goal to at least try it out someday.


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That's all I have for you guys for now! Thanks for reading :)


Webstore

Thu Dec 11, 2014, 9:01 PM





References: Original skin by NishithV, modified/coded by CypherVisor
New journal skin and code modified by CanineHybrid


My webstore is located at:

Coming soon! Under construction as of May 2015




You can find various items and parts used for making creature costumes here!



Website

Thu Dec 11, 2014, 8:58 PM





References: Original skin by NishithV, modified/coded by CypherVisor
New journal skin and code modified by CanineHybrid


My website is located at:




Feel free to give it a visit :>



Project Sonar + Patreon

Tue Sep 30, 2014, 11:09 AM





References: Original skin by NishithV, modified/coded by CypherVisor
New journal skin and code modified by CanineHybrid


Been awhile since I've updated my journal I suppose. But if you watch me, you already know what I'm working on: Sonar the Angel Dragon!

Sonar WIP Turnaround by CanineHybrid



I have uploaded a video to YouTube of the completed head structure that you can watch in the link below.

Also today is the last day you can pledge to my Patreon to get perks for October! I'll be holding an art raffle this month and some private streams. So if you're interested in helping me out with expanding my fursuit portfolio by contributing to see Sonar come to life, and want some cool swag in return, please check out what as little as $1 can get you! I'd really appreciate your help or if you could spread the word!

www.patreon.com/creation?hid=1…


2014 Costume Reveal- Video!

Fri Jan 17, 2014, 7:36 AM





References: Original skin by NishithV, modified/coded by CypherVisor
New journal skin and code modified by CanineHybrid


Hello internetland!

I am happy to announce that today is the day I announce my new 2014 costume project :dummy:

Over the next few hours, I will be releasing hints to give you guys a chance to play the guessing game. Check back every two hours or so for another hint to be added (or follow me on Twitter) and the answer will be given at 6:00pm MST when I launch my newest YouTube video!


THE REVEAL

If you couldn't already tell what is is, now you get to find out for sure! Check out the video:





I hope you're as excited as I am! This costume project will debut this summer at A-kon, an anime convention in Dallas, Texas.


Achievement Unlocked!

Tue Jun 11, 2013, 12:18 PM





References: Original skin by NishithV, modified/coded by CypherVisor
New journal skin and code modified by CanineHybrid


I am now the proud owner of a shiny new Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Arts and Animation from the Art Institute of Colorado! :dummy:



The moment after I completed high school, I was swept away to attend college with the idea that I would be graduating in December of 2011. Welp, 5 years later I'm finally here, ready to pursue bigger and better things in my life. And though you'll all wave it of like "oh, that Riley was always going to succeed and do well in school and graduate this quarter no problem" it was actually very far from the truth. In fact I had to work extremely extremely hard, more than I have ever before during this past week since coming back from A-kon, in order to qualify for the right to graduate at all:

I had to write the second half my 20-page capstone paper and throw a presentation together for it the day I got back from the convention. I then spent a day dedicated to learning and producing 3d dynamics and simulation examples to apply for proficiency credit in a class I didn't go through, and was mistakenly not placed into this quarter due to discovering a last minute mistake on my audit, to have enough credits required for graduation. Then a half day of signature hunting for grad sign-off, and finally 72 hours of non-stop drawing to finish my animated short, with maybe 6 hours of nap/sleep throughout that time in total.

My hand still feels like it's holding a tablet pen and I was running on pure hopes, dreams, and adrenaline at that point. I was extremely close to not graduating if I didn't pull everything together at the last minute and surprised most of my teachers that I was able to do so. HA! Take that! The animated short is finished enough to graduate with, but it's far from being as polished as I would like. I still need to dedicate a few solid days to finish painting the backgrounds (more rocks!), cleanup some of the linework that's a bit rough in a few areas, and add the character's markings and shadows. THEN I'll upload it for everyone to see. You can get a preview of some of the scenes in my short in my new demo reel video, fresh on YouTube as of yesterday:



It's been a very interesting journey overall and despite everything that's happened, good or bad along the way, I'm really glad it's all over now. I'll probably miss school later down the line but I'm thrilled to be free. It hasn't quite sunk in yet... we'll see if it hits me during the film festival when they pass out awards, portfolio review, or the cap and gown ceremony. By the way, speaking of which:


YOU'RE INVITED!


That's right! If you're a local and want to come support my graduation accomplishments and my artwork, all these events are free and open to the public.


The Reel Thing

This is the Art Institute of Colorado's quarterly film festival. It is about an hour and a half long where students can submit personal and class work to be showcased and have the ability to win awards and prizes. I have entered 4 times and have won an award every time I've entered, so not to be too boastful but I would be surprised to not obtain an award for my portfolio accomplishments as well- it would just break the cycle! After the student work has been shown, there is a brief intermission and then all of the current "visual effects and motion graphics" and "media arts and animation" graduates of the quarter show their demo reels and animated shorts and the portfolio awards are announced during the presentation. It's a great way to see the graduate's pieces at once and a general sampling of student work. There is free food and live music, a sort of party before the film.

Date: Thursday, June 13th
Time: Doors open at 6:00pm, film starts at 7:00pm
Location: The Church nightclub, directly across the street of the Art Institute and caddy corner to the Colorado History Museum. 1160 Lincoln St, Denver, CO


Portfolio Review

This is when I the graduates from every program at the Art Institute sets up a display booth, rather like a tradeshow or a convention, advertising themselves and showcasing their portfolio and school accomplishments. Everything from fashion to culinary to graphic design to animation will be found here, it's a wonderful chance to talk to the now alumni of the school about their experience during their degree program and it's great to see what kind of skill the school has produced. It's also a wonderful opportunity for employers to come and find fresh talent so there will be practice for us to pitch ourselves. If you want to check out some cool art and hear people brag about themselves (or at least that's what I'll be doing the whole time) stop by! It runs for 4 hours but you don't need to show up for very long unless you want to stay for the graduation ceremony. I will have one of the most awesome display tables (I do cons after all) and if you stop by you can see Groudon walking around the floor and you can get a free vinyl sticker and sexy lenticular business card from me :>
Who doesn't like free stuff and Groudon hugs!??

Date: Friday, June 14th
Time: 10am-1pm
Location: The Colorado Convention Center (the one with the big blue bear) There is also a free shuttle running back and forth from the school to the convention center every 15 minutes or so. Just ask any of the workers where the Art Institute portfolios if you get lost in the building, it should be one of the downstairs areas. Colorado Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A 700, 14th Street, Denver CO 80202
aiportfolioshow.com/colorado/


Graduation Ceremony

This is it! Our time to shine by showing off our wonderfully flattering cap and gowns and receive our $100,000 pieces of paper. I can't honestly promise how exciting this will be but if you came, your support would be most appreciated by me! It also won't be nearly as long as a traditional graduation ceremony, we only have about 100 students but they will also be combining the graduates from this quarter and last quarter since they only do the ceremony twice a year now. This means that one of my best college friends, Alee SargassosArt (she's the one who animated Coyote in our Coyote and Eagle animated short), will be joining me for our special day together as she graduated last quarter without me :c This is kinda cool because my bestest friend/college roommate Starmuttani and Alee's bestest friend/roommate Boarfeathers got to graduate together last year, since they started before us, and now we get to do the same! Kind of a nice sentiment to graduate next to a friend who's been through the same thing for the same amount of time. It helps boost that whole "we did it! oh gawd we survived somehow!" thing, alongside "I know that feel bro".

Date: Friday, June 14th
Time: 2pm-4pm-ish?
Location:The Colorado Convention Center, down the hall from the portfolio reviews


SO WHAT'S NEXT?


I have a few opportunities lined up for some possible costume and prosthetics creation for a new show on a big TV network, and I'll likely be doing some animation/costume work with a musician for promotional and entertainment enhancements. I'm still looking into landing a job with Vicon Motion Systems working with motion capture, as that was the topic of study for my capstone paper, and my familiarity with the system over anyone else my age should greatly help since I am responsible for leading the demonstrations of the Vicon system during the school's open houses. I'm open to more opportunities though and we'll see what comes up!

In the meantime, I plan to more or less dedicate my energies towards catching up on all my webstore orders and art commissions for a solid 2 months or so if possible. Once I'm caught up I'd like to build some stock and produce a few more products for the webstore and for sale at Rocky Mountain Fur Con in August. Once that's all gone and I haven't got a full time job eating my life, I'll be free to pursue the idea of freelancing or supporting myself on my CanineHybrid Creations business... meaning the possibility of costume commissions at last. Oh yes and way more YouTube videos and Livestreaming.

Oh yes and I figure I'd might as well promote this, starting tomorrow I'm joining a new Pokémorph rpg here on DA :iconferrel-academy:. Applications are open so feel free to join us if it interests you.


So definitely keep an eye on developments in Riley-land as I step out into the big scary world. Hope to see some of you at graduation and local conventions!


Graduation in 3...2...1...

Fri Jun 7, 2013, 11:19 AM





References: Original skin by NishithV, modified/coded by CypherVisor
New journal skin and code modified by CanineHybrid


Hey peeps! Just a very quick journal this time because I need to get back to work, but just so you know what's going on with me. A-kon was an absolute BLAST and I'm so glad I went, even if it hurt some of my progress for school. Still pushing to graduate this quarter and I just need to finish my animated short


SCHOOL PROGRESS


So here's an overview of what I'm working on currently, I wanted to update my progress bars to make me feel better:


Website- 90%

Demo Reel- 90%

Animated Short- 70%

Capstone Paper- 100%

Display Booth- 70%

Dynamics and Sim Demo- 100%

Due Date: Animated short- June 10th (Panic panic panic)  Display booth- June 13th


Therefore I won't be spending much time on DA, Facebook, Twitter, or email until this is truly taken care of. Thanks for understanding and I'll let you know what the outcome is. See you on the other side, hopefully on my way to get a diploma on graduation day (June 14th)!


[Video] Digilegs Demo- Stilts

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 20, 2013, 12:12 PM





Freshly uploaded!




Yey stilts 8D Thanks to :iconroothragon: for letting me borrow them!



Also happy first day of Spring! My brother ReyTiger uploaded this song in the spirit of today :3



Click to listen!






  • Listening to: ~ReyTiger's new guitar cover

[Video] Riley the GSD- WIP

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 6, 2013, 9:18 PM





Freshly uploaded!




Dat foam nakidness :p






Free Art + Sem Livestream OFFLINE

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 2, 2013, 2:23 AM





New Episode Premiere!


Hello internetland! Just wanted to send out a quick reminder that today will be the new episode of Sem on my Livestream channel. This will be happening at 2:00pm Mountain Standard Time and we are now :bulletred:offline:bulletred:. Click here to automatically detect what that will be in your time zone.



CLICK TO WATCH LIVESTREAM NOW





Sem is an original sci-fi series by my oldest friend SorinCrecens who is the director and voice of the main character named Sem. It is presented in both a radio drama animatic format, which is basically a full audio soundtrack (dialog, sfx, and music) synced to graphic-novel images... rather like a movie soundtrack played over a storyboard. It's got a time travel theme to it and reminds me a bit of Doctor Who. I fell in love with the project and it's had some amazing response so far from everyone I've shown it to ever since we revealed the pilot episode. It will be a fun afternoon of creativity, discussion, cool music, and free art! Yes, that's right, FREE ART.



If you join in on the stream from beginning to end of the Sem episode, you'll be eligible to enter. A randomly selected winner will receive art of their character and have it drawn live during the stream. Check out the other drawings I've done for the Sem streams... you could be next!







Sem Ep 1-3


If you haven't joined us for episodes 1-3, I highly recommend watching the first few over on YouTube. They're 15-20 minutes long and awesome, getting constantly better in both plot development and artwork. I star as a character in 2 and 3 by the way :>







Hope you see you all there! :dummy:






Lake Powell!

Journal Entry: Sun Jun 17, 2012, 10:46 PM





A Short Absence

Hi internetland! I'm off to Lake Powell for a week with my brother :iconreytiger: :heart: So when I get I'll post my pictures and also recap my weekend at Denver Comic Con. See you all later!







  • Listening to: I'm on a Boat
  • Reading: Paradigm Shift

Character Listing

Wed Apr 6, 2011, 1:49 AM





References: Original skin by NishithV, modified/coded by CypherVisor
New journal skin and code modified by CanineHybrid


This journal will eventually hold on the information about my OCs.


For now it is mostly a placeholder, but will include information and pictures over time. But thanks for looking!



Last Updated: 12/14/2014


Character Listing (incomplete)

Original Characters:
Allison Thatton | Bubbletron | Charlie | Chel | Creek | Garen | Riley | Slate | Spencer | Stiller | TheodTusami | Xeron | Xira


Fan Characters:
Alex Dodgen | Brynn | Dion Keir | Graphite Sketch | Kaida & Nero Desch | Kailee | Midnight


    Pokémon Team: Nero, Kaida, Sylar, Davin, Thor, & Avery | Dusk |



My deviantART gallery of OCs: caninehybrid.deviantart.com/ga…


All artwork I've received from others of my OCs, over 900 images: www.flickr.com/photos/caninehy…



Riley

Riley is my nickname, main character, fursona, persona, avatar, online identity, and/or animalistic representation of myself. Riley is ultimately everything and often gets hybrid-ifed for fun to be different species or fit into other universes. She is mated to my boyfriend's PoX-9's character, PoX


[Ref] Hybrid Riley: Headshot Turnaround by CanineHybrid Hybrid Riley Comparison GIF by CanineHybrid


German Shepherd Dog



Quadrupedal Forms


Hybrid- Riley the CanineHybrid by CanineHybrid
Riley as a hybrid creature with both German Shepherd Dog and dinosaur-like features, her species simply referred to as a "caninehybrid"- a play off my username. She has an overall dog appearance but with a more dino-shaped head, neck, feet, and tail. Hybrid Riley is my main character and used to depict myself most often. She is a representation of my interests, artistic voice, and is more or less my mascot.



Standard- Riley Reference Sheet by CanineHybrid
Riley as a reality-based German Shepherd Dog. She can still express emotion and talk but otherwise her physical form is unaltered from that of a normal GSD. This is the original representation of Riley and the form she is most commonly known. She's a reflection of my inner animal spirit, if you will, with a personality matching to my own.



Kaiju- A special monster mutation of Riley created for Halloween. The form has changed several times from a sleek hybrid form with spikes to a large and bulky monster, no officially tied down design as of yet.



Prehistoric Riley- Riley as a dimetrodon for fun.






Anthropomorphic


Hybrid-
Riley's Hybrid form, but with clothes and human-based body/proportion. Digitigrade.

Standard- Riley Reference Sheet by CanineHybrid
German shepherd. In this form she wears clothes and has a human-shaped body, but the rest of her is canine. She is always digitigrade and has more animal-like paws than human fingers.



Eon- A variation of Anthro Riley created for the collaborative story and RPG world of Eon. She has a completely new personality, different markings, and the power to summon and manipulate blue fire.



Were- A more beastly form of Riley. She is still very anthropomorphic but does not have as human-like of a body in she does in her anthro form. She is comfortable as both a quadruped and biped.



Kemonomimi- This is essentially Riley as a human but with the ears and tail of her canine form.



Human




Human- Riley as a human, or otherwise my real-life self exactly as I appear now.




Pokémon Trainer- Myself as a Trainer in the world of Pokémon.


Riley -Pokemon Trainer by CanineHybrid

Poké Forms




Grovyle Riley


Grovyle Riley is my Pokésona. She has the least amount of German shepherd dog traits in this form than any other.



Pokémon- Riley in a natural Groyvle form.



Anthro- Riley as an anthropomorphic Grovyle.




Pokémon Hybrids


These hybrids combine Riley and a said Pokémon. They are done entirely for fun and are more or less "unofficial", most of them correspond to the costumes I've created.



Eeveelution Riley- Riley as an Espeon. Also seen as a Leafeon.



Midnight Riley- Riley as a Shadow Lugia.






Theod

Theod - Reference Sheet 2.3 by CanineHybrid


Theod (pronounced like: they-owed) is a Ruasonid, a theropod-based alien race.






Tusami

Tusami the Dragon- Reference Sheet by CanineHybrid


Tusami the dragon, my original sona who well-established on my previous account Tusami.






Sonar

Sonar- Creature Suit Design [Outdated] by CanineHybrid Sonar WIP Turnaround by CanineHybrid


Sonar the angel dragon.






Chel

Chel the Werewolf- Reference (Shifted Form) by CanineHybrid Chel the Werewolf- Turnaround (Human Form) by CanineHybrid


Chel the werewolf.






Creek

Creek the Bat by CanineHybrid Monsterbat by CanineHybrid


Creek the greater bulldog bat, aka fishing bat. Alternate monster form.






Kailee

Kailee the Gargoyle by CanineHybrid Any Moment Now... by CanineHybrid


Gargolyes fan character.






Graphite Sketch

MLP OC: Ref Sheet- Graphite Sketch by CanineHybrid MLP- Graphite Sketch by CanineHybrid


My Little Pony character. Her brother is my brother's MLP character, Frost Byte.






Garen & Spencer

The Last Flower -Character Turnarounds by CanineHybrid The Last Flower- Animated Short by CanineHybrid


Two monster characters created for my graduation animated short.






Kaida & Nero Desch

Kaida and Nero by CanineHybrid

Kaida the Charizardmorph by CanineHybrid


Characters involved in the role playing game Pokemorphic-RP. Siblings to AbramWinterSmith's character Andrew Desch the Arcanine-morph.






Xeron

Xeron by CanineHybrid


A Deep Space Dragon for DragonXborne's headworld.






Brynn Owens

Brynn Owens the Latias by CanineHybrid


A Latias-morph for the role playing group Ferrel-Academy






Pokémon Team

Riley wants to battle by CanineHybrid Riley -Pokemon Trainer by CanineHybrid Doodling On The Job 1 -Pokemon by CanineHybrid


Riley as a human Pokémon trainer and her team.



Nero

Kaida and Nero by CanineHybrid Challenging the Blizzard by CanineHybrid Showdown by CanineHybrid How Fly Is Your Ride? by CanineHybrid
Male Aerodactyl- The youngest one of the group, Nero was a candidate in experimentation fossil revival. He is significantly smaller and less aggressive than most members of his species and he will never reach full adult size, but that keeps him lovable and young spirited. He was Riley's first Pokémon.


Kaida

UBF2010Round04 ToS Part 1 by CanineHybrid
Female Charizard- Being strong and bold, Kaida lives up to her duty as a Charizard to be the protective and caring guardian. She looks after Nero and they often enjoy a nice flight together. She wears a black bandanna.


Sylar

Challenging the Blizzard by CanineHybrid Found a Beacon by CanineHybrid Spotted by CanineHybrid Retaliation by CanineHybrid
Male Garchomp- Laid back and easy-going, somewhat of a charmer. He has two notches in his back fin instead of one and he's also got two spots on his snout. He thinks his best buddy is Thor.


Davin

UBF2010Round04 ToS Part 2 by CanineHybrid How Fly Is Your Ride? by CanineHybrid
Male Feraligatr- He may seem bad and tough as a Fertaligatr, but Davin is a real affectionate sweatheart. He can however get rather lonely quickly so Avery always makes a point to spend time with him. He has faint stripes on his snout and a few running down his back.


Thor

Riley's Tyranitar by CanineHybrid
Male Tyranitar- As his name implies, he prides himself in strength. He prefers to be left alone but finds himself constantly bugged by Sylar. He has small triangular spot next to his eyes.


Avery


Female Leafeon- She is the modest and friendly one of the group. She always gives off a clam vibe and is willing to lead a paw whenever it is asked of her. Her special feature are the specific notches in her ears and tail.






Charlie

Have Some Charlie by CanineHybrid


My smooth coat border collie, who passed away and lives on as one of my characters. Optional to include angel wings.





Commission Info

Sun Dec 19, 2010, 9:58 PM





References: Original skin by NishithV, modified/coded by CypherVisor
New journal skin and code modified by CanineHybrid



CanineHybrid Creations


Last updated August 22, 2013


If you are interested in a commission, please read the relevant information provided here. By submitting a commission request you agree to the terms listed below. You are more than welcome to ask if you have any questions! To contact me in the most reliable way possible, please email me at riley[at]caninehybrid.com.


This information is divided into three sections, click to jump to each of them:


Commission Types and Prices, Terms of Service, and FAQ.





Commission Types and Prices


I currently offer commissions in these categories, click to jump to each of them:


Drawing, design, animation, creature costumery, artisan crafts, and performance.


Notice: The prices listed below are subject to change at any time.





Drawing Commissions



Details: These are custom character drawings, most often depicting anthropomorphic creatures. I recommend asking me to draw things that play to my strengths, be sure to take a look at my previous work for examples of what I typically do, but I am usually willing to draw things such as humans or machinery. The amount of detail or subjects your request has can adjust the price of your commission- simpler characters such as chibis, or My Little Pony characters as an example, will reduce the price while complex armor designs, extra limbs, and tight detail markings can increase the price. Simple backgrounds or environments my be requested as well as multiple characters, both of which increase the price.

I typically draw art suitable to be viewed by audiences of all ages but can draw mature or artistic nude art for an additional fee. These include adding "bits" (nipples, penis/sheath), depicting characters in sexual themes, or incorporating certain fetishes I am comfortable with drawing. In accordance to deviantART's TOS, adult art/pornography is not accepted or offered! To see what falls into this category click here. Please talk to me about your proposal first if you have a concern about your request following these guidelines.



Traditional media and original artwork can be arranged to be sent by mail, and digital pieces can be sent as a physical print if large enough (please specify upfront if you intend to get a print else quality may suffer). All mailed artwork has the option to be laminated in strong 10mm protective plastic for $3 (great option to wear for convention badges; most laminators are only 2 or 5 mm). 1.25" diameter pinback-buttons of your artwork are also available (pricing below). Please provide me your zip code/country and ask for a shipping quote.



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Commission Sizes
Traditional Art:     ACEO- 2.5"x3.5"   |  Small- 4"x6"   |  Medium- 5"x8"   |  Large- 9"x12"
Prices for traditional art are slightly adjusted from standard price chart (listed below or as seen on visual guide), message for quote

Digital Art:     Headshots [1200x1200 @ 300ppi]   |  Full Bodies [3000x3000 @ 300ppi]
Digital sizes are approximate, canvas dimensions may shift to best fit the character but overall area will remain nearly the same. Increasing the dimensions, scale, or resolution will add an additional fee.

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Character Drawings


Prices correspond to "Headshots" (character's full head, some of the neck/shoulders) and "Full Bodies" (entire character is visible) respectively- "Busts" are priced inbetween (busts typically show half of the body but can be cut at different locations [chest, waist, knees, etc] the portion of a character that is visible will fluctuate the pricing somewhere between a headshot and a full body commission).


  • Level 1- Sketch:
  • Headshots $8
    Add character +$5   |   Special Subject -$1   |   Simple -$1-2

    Full Bodies $15
    Add character +$9   |   Special Subject -$2   |   Simple -$2-4
  • Level 2- Lineart:
  • Headshots $20
    Add character +$15   |   Special Subject -$5   |   Simple -$4-8

    Full Bodies $40
    Add character +$30   |   Special Subject -$5   |   Simple -$5-10
  • Level 3- Basic Color:
  • Headshots $30
    Add character +$23   |   Special Subject -$5   |   Simple -$5-10

    Full Bodies $50
    Add character +$38   |   Special Subject -$5   |   Simple -$5-10
  • Level 4- Detail Color:
  • Headshots $50
    Add character +$38   |   Special Subject -$5   |   Simple -$5-15

    Full Bodies $80
    Add character +$60   |   Special Subject -$10   |   Simple -$10-20


"SPECIAL SUBJECT" commissions are promotional discounts given when I feel like drawing something specific and will offer a lower price on artwork that meets the guidelines. Current promotions may fluctuate- whenever my commission status is set to open, these special discounts will be announced. These can be combined with simple character discounts. However, the one subject that will always remain constantly in effect and eligible for the discount is requesting a Pokémon character... because I love Pokémon :pokeball:



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Other Options


  • Paper Children: Standard pricing, cut-out
  • Con Badges: Standard pricing for small-sized paper, add stylized name, cut-out.
  • Character References: Digital only. Ask for quote- each view is considered an individual character, however there are additional discounts for multiple views.
  • Icons: Half the price of any headshot commission above. Digital only. Full res is 200x200px (+sized to 100 & 50 for online icon use, other sizes on request)
  • Wavy Icons: $10 Animated wiggly arm custom characters, a collaboration with my friend Ani. See our AwesomeWaves account for more information.
  • Something else? Have another idea? Ask me about it! I can probably do a ton of things I haven't thought of yet.





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Buttons


1.25" diameter buttons only at the moment: currently offered in pin-back style, soon to be available as a magnet and keychain. I have a professional button machine and can make you any button you desire! My original artwork, a commission, one of my pre-made designs, or even your own artwork can be made into a button. Order one or a hundred! This is a full button making service for any occasion.


  • Prices:
  • 1 for $1.50
  • 2 for $4.00 (save 50 cents)
  • 5 for $6.00 (buy 4 get one free)
  • Ask about pricing for bulk orders
  • Above prices listed for individual buttons may be all one design or all separate designs- excludes bulk orders.
  • Choose from pre-made designs, customize to your liking! Any color/text. (Button designs coming soon)
  • Artists only deal: Turn your original art into a button-comparative to the rates from professional button making services.
  • Most drawings you commission from me can also be turned into a button!
  • Shipping starts at $2, buy in bulk to save! (Can vary depending on size of order)



Special promotion! Sponsor a Pokémon for my "Draw 'em All" challenge and get a free button! Details announced soon.





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Design Commissions


Details: I offer various graphic design commissions, however there is no standard pricing for these as they are extremely custom.


  • Website Design: Anything from a few images, to a full theme. I can do layout design, color schemes, and create all visuals and graphics.
  • CSS Coding: I can do minimal or basic CSS coding for websites and make custom deviantART journal skins, possibly other sites.
  • Design Identity: Custom logos, business cards, advertisements- anything of that nature, I can help build you a professional identity.





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Animation Commissions


Details: I hold a bachelor of arts in media arts and animation and highly capable of putting that skill to good use! There is no standard pricing for these as they are extremely custom. I know many non-animators don't understand the complexities and work involved in animation- so to help you get a better idea of cost, think of it this way: every 1 second of animation is made up of 12 separate pictures (if animated on 2's, standard Disney framerate). That's a lot of work, not to mention the hours I'm taking to implement the principals of animation to determine the appropriate movement between all those pictures.



If one lineart picture from me costs an average of $25, having me draw 12 individual pictures for just one second of animation, it's going to add up, fast. Of course this doesn't apply to all parts of an animation, as sometimes the character may be standing still or using minimal body movement which would cost less- but just to give you an idea of how much work truly goes into a short animation. I usually animate in Adobe Flash or ToonBoom on 2's at 24fps, but this can be changed on request.



Character Animation


  • 2D Basic: Small, simple commissions of an animated character. These are typically used for things like animated icons and most likely some sort of loop of about 100 frames or less. The simpler the animation involvement and character, the cheaper it will be. Anything from blinking to head turning to basic cycles. Can be anything from a sketch to cell color. Ask for quote.
  • 2D Intermediate: More advanced animations, under 30 seconds in length, that include much more movement, views, and expression. Most likely will require payment per hour depending on complexity and can be anything from a sketch to cell color. Ask for more info.
  • 2D Advanced: The highest level of character animation I can offer. Anything over 30 seconds or has extreme amounts of movement, detail, and complexity. Will be charged for work at a set hourly rate. Anything from a sketch to cell color. Ask for details.

  • 3D Basic (Pre-rig): I have basic animation experience with pre-rigged models, I am most familiar with "LoMax" but can be asked to work with a provided rig. I can animate with blend shapes and bones. Primarily offering basic animations for a variety of applications such as video game character movements or animating lip sync. I will not be responsible for, nor offering at this time: modeling, rigging/dynamics, texturing, lighting, or 3d compositing services. Plain and simple I am an animator and not a production studio. I can render my animation and give you both a video file (basic camera animation) the raw data file as needed. Payment will be an hourly rate. Ask for more details.



Motion Graphics: I can offer a variety of motion graphic-based work combined with both character animation and graphic design. Anything from advertisements to video intros, to kinetic typography. This category is huge and covers about anything you can think of; I'll edit your home videos, I'll make interactive media for websites, DVD menus, YouTube title sequences, and more. I can do basic compositing. If you've got a project in mind that could benefit from a little artistic inspiration, ask what I can do for you!





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Creature Costume Commissions


Details: I offer a wide variety of creature-based masks, suits, and pieces as a wearable art form. They are unique and completely customizable to any character within the limits of materials, physics, my personal art style, and costume functionality. These are divided into small, medium, and large projects- anything over $400 is a large project and will require a non-refundable 30% down payment. Medium projects are $100-399 and require 50% down payment. Small projects must be paid in full upfront. I do not offer "quad suits" (costumes with arm stilts for walking on all fours) at this time. Some items will have base rates with add-ons for additional details- prices currently pending. Heads start at $500, partial suits at $1000, full suits at $1500, and complex padding is anywhere between $2000-3000. For complete details regarding costume commissions, please see my terms of service located here: [link]



Costume Options


  • Full suit: The whole package; typically includes mask and bodysuit along with additional pieces (hands, feet, tails, wings) to complete the character.
  • Partial Suit: This most commonly includes everything found above minus the bodysuit.
  • Head: You can choose to only commission a mask if you wish, several options are available.
  • Eyes- Toony (plastic bowl/mesh) or realistic (casted resin with alternate vision screen), Follow-me effects available for both.
  • Teeth- Toony or realistic, most often sculpted by hand. Taxidermy or other casted jawsets are available.
  • Jaw- Moving or static.
  • Base- Casted, foam, balaclava, or hybrid.
  • Additional details- Horns, spikes, fins, etc made from most appropriate materials on a case-by-case basis.
  • Markings- Airbrushed, sewn-in, or both.
  • Fabric covering- Faux fur and minky are most commonly used, but I use do materials like fleece or suede on request.
  • Hands: Included with full suits and most partials, can be commissioned separate.
  • Finger count- can be anything from zero (mitten style) to about 7- though typically done with 3 or 4 fingers +thumb.
  • Claws- casted acrylic, clay, or stuffed/foam structure.
  • Pawpads- sewn in fabric, often leather/vinyl, or casted silicone.
  • Length- Can be as short as to your wrist and as long as to your shoulders.
  • Style- Feral, anthro, toony, oversized or custom.
  • Feetpaws: Included with full suits and most partials, but can be ordered separate.
  • Base- built off a shoe (provided by you or purchased by me) and then toes are sculpted from foam.
  • Bottoms- Indoor feet (same pawpad options as hands) or outdoor feet (make from high impact foam, or casted urethane rubber).
  • Length- Can be as short as to your ankle or as long as your leg (great for wearing with shorts- or can include full leg pants for a different style of partial suit).
  • Claws- Same as hands.
  • Style- Feral, anthro, toony, oversized, or custom.
  • Tails: Come with full suit and most partials, can be commissioned separate. Extremely custom to many sizes, species, shapes, length within reason of the physical limitations that come from the method of attachment, materials, etc.
  • Size categories- Small (under 1 foot), Medium (up to 3 feet), Large (anything longer than 3 feet).
  • Attachment- belt loop (provide your own belt), pants clip (small tails only), elastic belt band, or custom body harness (may be necessary for large tails).
  • Body Padding: A commonly found detail to help give a stronger illusion that your physical body shape is that of your character and less that of a human. Most commonly found in digitigrade padding (to give an animal leg appearance) but may include muscles and large bodyshape or proportion changes. Heavily customizable and individualized to specific project.
  • Wings: An additional detail not included with most costumes, case by case basis. Can be commissioned separate, built on custom harness. I do not offer articulated wings at this time but I can make them collapsible.
  • Type- Feathered, bat-like, hybrid, insect, or custom.
  • Style- Chibi, realistic, or custom.
  • Attachment- On back/shoulder blades, connected to arms (bats, pterosaurs), or custom location.
  • Ears/Horns: Various types of head adornments for a minimal costume look.
  • Type- Most any species.
  • Style- Chibi, realistic, or custom.
  • Attachment- Headband, elastic band, hair clips, sewn into hat/hoodie, custom
  • Other parts: Perhaps you would like me to make something that isn't listed above. Let me know and we'll discuss it!



Again, to commission costume parts, you must read my separate TOS/information page tailored specifically to costuming located here: [link]





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Artisan Crafts


Details: Excluding creature costumery, which is its own separate category, I offer many different forms of physical art.


Apparel Options


  • Fleece Hats: Characters and creatures in beanie-style hats.
  • Brim styles- "Brimless" or custom brim size, comes standard at about 1.5" wide
  • Sculpted elements- custom shaped ears, horns, or any element requiring special modifications.
  • Details- embroidered details, painted or sewn elements for different markings and faces/eyes
  • Hoodies: More casual than full costumes, custom character hoodies are an awesome way to make the most of both worlds!
  • Hood styles- oversized/loose or fitted, custom shaped.
  • Sculpted elements- custom shaped ears, horns, tails, wings, or any element requiring special modifications.
  • Details- embroidered details, painted or sewn elements for different markings and faces/eyes.
  • Style- Optional pockets and/or zipper






Sculpture


  • Plushies: I build my plushies in the very same way that I build my costumes- most elements will be sculpted from foam to retain shape and stuffed where necessary. Faux fur, fleece, and mink fabrics are most commonly used with either embroidered or sewn details. Highly custom, price increases based on size, complexity, details, and materials.
  • Styles- Articulated (wire posed), floppy (mainly stuffed), basic sculpted (such as a basic sitting, laying or standing pose), or advanced sculpted (something of an action pose, considerable more "foam sculpture" than typical plushies).
  • Size categories- Mini (under 6"), Small (up to 10"), Medium (up to 16") Large (up to 24") Extra large (up to 48")
  • Clay Sculpture: Standard character sculptures created with Sculpey clay. Highly custom, price increases based on size and complexity
  • Types- Headshots, busts, upper body, and full body
  • Size categories- Mini (under 2"), Small (up to 4"), Medium (up to 7"), Large (up to 12"), Extra large (up to 18")
  • Color- Choice between painted and unpainted. Some designs can be made with colored Sculpey.
  • Base- With or without base, some designs require a base. Base can be finished or unfinished.
  • Styles- Neutral/expressionless, simple poses, implied movement, or crazy-tastic action.





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Performance


Details: A completely different type of commission, I offer my performance abilities for various projects.


Performance Services


  • Voice Acting: I have no formal training, but do have access to a full professional recording studio. Watch any of my YouTube videos for a sample of my voice. $10/hr
  • Video/Motion Capture: While I am not the most able-bodied human being, I do have access to a professional motion capture equipment for animation reference. I will be using Vicon Blade and offer the service of cleaning up the motion capture data for you, rate will be by the hour. I can find better physical actors, such as my boyfriend Verliswolf and my brother ReyTiger who both do parkour, Rey also having gymnastics training, to perform for your project. Also standard video footage without the use of the mocap suit can be shot with a professional standard HVX200 high def camcorder or standard point and shoot. Chroma key "green screen" work is available as well (retroreflective curtain from Reflecmedia).
  • Costumed Entertainer: If you would like me to perform in costume at your special event, I do offer this service. This is highly recommended only if you are located in Colorado and preferably a local in the Denver area. I most likely will not be able to travel out of state at this time. I can wear any of my costume projects and possibly one you provide for me if it is in good condition and would fit properly. I also have professional experience as a mascot handler. There are certain requirements for this kind of commission, contact me for details.




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Terms of Service


Last updated July 19, 2013


The terms of service below apply to most all commissions from CanineHybrid Creations. You agree to the below information when you request and accept a commission service to be carried out. For costume-related commissions, please view the costume-specific TOS information found here.



Click to jump to the specific entry in the TOS: Payment, Ordering and Schedule, Canceling, Legal, and Returns.



Payment


All prices are in USD ($) and must be received as such. You may be charged a conversion fee if you pay in an alternate currency. Paypal is an acceptable form of payment for most services, however I strongly prefer money order, check or cash is also accepted. Checks which bounce will be charged a returned check fee, $5-25 depending on the price of the commission, and you will be required to pay your balance through an alternate method.



For most projects I will complete a rough sketch, and possibly other stages depending on the request, for your approval. Some larger commissions require down-payments before I can begin. These deposits are non-refundable once project has begun. You are welcome to pay more than the down payment up front and you are welcome to cancel with no penalty and a full return of your down payment anytime before I start on your commission. Do not send unrequested down payments- I will notify or send you an invoice when I am ready to accept your commission. Payment plans are available and can be adjusted to accommodate your needs if requested. Your project will only be shipped or sent to you once it is paid for in full. If I do not receive payment within three (3) months after project completion, your deposit will not be returned and I reserve the right to sell or modify the completed commission.




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Ordering and Schedule


You may fill out and submit a quote request at any time that I am open for quotes. You may request an unlimited amount of quotes; they are free of charge and will be valid for 60 days. All quotes MUST be sent as an email to sales[at]caninehybrid.com and it is recommended that you fill out the provided quote form (form is only available when I am open for quotes). General questions can be sent to riley[at]caninehybrid.com.



There is no set schedule to when I'll be open for standard commissions and it is first come, first serve (costume commissions operate on a different schedule, found in the Costumery TOS here.) I will open a set number of slots, they will be announced and hosted on my journal. I will try to post to Twitter the day prior as a heads up so you have some warning. You will only be required to leave a comment in the posted journal stating that you want a slot- DO NOT send me your commission information at this time- I will ask for it when I am ready. I will let you know if you obtained a slot and only after I ask you to should you send your commission information to my K9Hybrid account or email, I will let you know which one to send your request to. Occasionally I'll open up for on-the-spot Livestream commissions, you must be present in the chatroom at the time I am ready to being taking requests. As there is usually more than one interested commissioner, I will assign a number to each interested person and generate a random selection and that person will be dubbed the winner of the first slot. I will not open a second slot until I am done with the first slot.



A project queue dedicated will be kept on my Commission Queue Journal found here and I will do my best to maintain and update my current project status. If you wish to keep your project anonymous in the queue, it will be by request only, otherwise the queue will be publicly available. I reserve the right to refuse a commission project for any reason and will be sure to notify you as to why your project was not accepted into the queue. Only a few projects are accepted at a time so if you didn't make the cut the first time, you are more than welcome to try again when commission slots open up.




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Canceling


I reserve the right to cancel a project at any time; this may happen if I feel that the commissioner is too difficult to work with or a personal conflict would prevent me from completing the project, such as personal injury. If this should occur, you will be refunded the appropriate balance depending on the circumstances and in what stage of completion the project is currently in. Further negotiations may be made.



The customer may also cancel the project at any time. The full balance will be refunded or the amount paid can be credited toward an alternate project. The exception to this rule is if the project required a down payment and has already begun, in which case the down payment will not be returned... but it can still be eligible to be credited towards an alternate project. If the project required a down payment and it has not begun production upon cancellation, then the down payment can still be returned.



I reserve the right and artistic freedom to use a canceled project for any purpose I wish including finishing the product, modifying the design, and/or selling it.




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Legal


All copyrighted characters and likeness of characters in any form of artwork that I produce belongs as the intellectual property to the original owner. I claim no copyright over the character and its design but do retain the rights to the following: the reproduction of photographs taken by myself of the work or prints I wish to sell, any concept drawings or preliminary sketches of the work I have made, and the craftsmanship itself such as the unique construction methods, techniques, and personal stylization, including the right of placing it in my online portfolio. The physical item is owned by the commissioner after the transfer of sale. Please inquire if you have any legal concerns regarding your project and we will work to develop an agreement to accommodate your specific needs.



I highly encourage and prefer the commission of original or generic characters but in very certain circumstances I am willing to reproduce a copyrighted character. The commissioner must realize that technically speaking, all forms of fanart in the United States are highly illegal (exception for "fair use") and that you have no copyright ownership over the work and risk involving yourself in a legal dispute by doing so. I will consider the product a "fair use" of the original; transforming the original source material into a medium of your choice for purposes of entertainment: promoting the enjoyment of the source material for the commissioner and fans of the original work. It is not any sort of guarantee that you or I shall remain protected from a legal dispute should one occur.



In simple terms, the character/design is owned by the copyright holder (either you or a third party in this case, presumably with permission). I own the craftsmanship of the project as well as the images, prints, and videos I take of it at any time. You own the physical product itself after payment is complete. If you return or sell the product, you no longer have any ownership rights over the physical product (character/design rights still belong to the original copyright holder).



The craftsmanship of the finished product is owned by CanineHybrid Creations. An exclusive rights license agreement is made between CanineHybrid Creations and the owner of said product as follows: The product owner may publicly display or use the item without limitation, freely take videos or photographs of the work for public display or distribution (online or otherwise), transfer ownership through sale or other means, and recreate the product as a derivative work, without consent, as long as no copyright is claimed over the original craftsmanship to anyone other than CanineHybrid Creations, and ensured that the new work is appropriately credited as a derivative work of my original material. You also agree to not, at any time, create copies or prints to sell for profit to your benefit. If you are interested in the option of mass production it must be indicated at the time of commission and the price will be greatly increased by doing so or a royalty agreement must be made. Upon the transfer of ownership of said item, you acknowledge that you are also giving up your exclusive rights to the product and transferring them to the new owner. The new owner must be made aware of the license agreement the product has with CanineHybrid Creations. Amendments to the exclusive license agreement made be discussed and agreed upon by all parties.




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Returns


Every physical item comes with a 30 day limited warranty that covers the materials and craftsmanship and can be sent back for repairs, replacements, or refunds. The warranty excludes items that have been altered, have been used improperly, has not been thoroughly cleaned for return, or damaged from shipping.



If for whatever reason you are unsatisfied with your product, you are able to return it in the best condition possible for minor repairs, a refund, or exchange depending on the circumstance. Minor repairs shall be made free of charge within the first year of ownership and I reserve the right to refuse offering this service if it is violation of any terms stated in the warranty. Depending on the nature of the repair, compensation may be required. A significant alteration or repair attempted by yourself or anyone else will void the warranty and you will no longer be eligible for a free simple repair, and I will ask for an appropriate service fee under the circumstances to repair the item.



A valid reason will be necessary for consideration in a return or exchange. A refund will include a full return of balance minus the deposit. An exchange for the total balance of the returned item can be put towards another commission item and the difference compensated for. I reserve the right to alter or sell an unwanted returned item as I inherit all ownership rights, with the exception of character/design copyright, of the product from you upon agreement to a refund. All refunds will be issued in installments and paid within one (1) year of cancellation date. I reserve the right to refuse a return if the product's condition voids the warranty.




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Frequently Asked Questions


Last updated July 19, 2013


If you have a question, feel free to ask it here in this journal or email me. If it is a common question or one that is important to be clarified and is not covered anywhere else in this journal, I'll put it here!




Q: How do I know if you're open for commissions or not?


A: Check my front page- there is a column on the left hand side about halfway down that displays my current status. Click here to jump directly to it. I will announce on Twitter the day prior to slot openings and I will most likely talk about it on my journals.




Terms of Service

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CanineHybrid Creations - TOS (Costumery)


Last updated September 26, 2011


Please read all the information below, it is mandatory that you review all policies before your costume-related commission can be accepted. You are more than welcome to ask if you have any questions! If you would like to contact me about any of the information listed here, please send a note to my commission account at K9Hybrid, not my main account here at CanineHybrid. I use this alternate account to accept business-related queries separate from my personal ones to my ensure I can view and respond to your message in the most timely and organized manner. Thank you.







PAYMENT


All prices are in USD ($) and must be received as such. Paypal is the preferred medium for payment however check, cash, or money order is also accepted. Buyer is responsible for all currency conversion and any Paypal service fees. Checks which bounce will be charged a $25 returned check fee and you will be required to pay your balance through an alternate method.



For items totaling over $100, it is considered a "large project" and 30% down payment is required to begin project. For items under $100, it is considered a "small project" and 50% down payment is required to begin project. These deposits are non-refundable once project has begun. You are welcome to pay more than the down payment up front. Payment plans are available and can be adjusted to accommodate your needs if requested. Your project will only be shipped once it is paid for in full. If I do not receive payment within three (3) months after project completion, it will be placed for auction and your deposit will not be returned.







ORDERING


You may fill out and submit a quote request at any time as they will be processed though an interactive online order form (under development- for now, quotes are closed). You may request an unlimited amount of quotes; they are free of charge and it is also entirely optional to submit the form. You may use it for price estimate purposes or for general interactive entertainment, but only those who submit the order form will be eligible for consideration.



Large commission slots are scheduled to open quarterly with two (2) projects accepted at a time. Smaller items will be completed monthly with one (1) project slots available each month, or a total of six (6) in a quarter.



A project queue dedicated specifically to costumery will be kept on my website and I will do my best to maintain and update my current project status. If you wish to keep your project anonymous in the queue, it will be by request only, otherwise the queue will be publicly available. In an active session, two queues will be tracked at a time: the project list and the wait list. The project list is the current batch of commissions that I am focusing on. The wait list is the next batch of commissions I will be focusing on once the current projects are completed. For more information on the commission process, see my separate commission information page (under development).



I reserve the right to refuse a commission project for any reason and will be sure to notify you as to why your project was not accepted into the queue. Only a few projects are accepted at a time so if you didn't make the cut the first time, you are more than welcome to re-submit when commission slots open again.








CANCELING


I reserve the right to cancel a project at any time; this may happen if I feel that the commissioner is too difficult to work with or a personal conflict would prevent me from completing the project such as personal injury. If this should occur, you will be refunded the appropriate balance depending on the circumstances and in what stage of completion the project is currently in.



The customer may also cancel the project at any time. The full balance will be refunded (unless project has already begun, in which case the down payment will not be returned), or can be credited toward an alternate project.



I reserve the right and artistic freedom to use a canceled project for any purpose I wish including finishing the product, modifying the design, and/or selling it.








LEGAL


All copyrighted characters and likeness of characters in any form of costumery that I produce belongs as the intellectual property to the original owner. I claim no copyright over the character and its design but do retain the rights to the following: the reproduction of photographs taken by myself of the work, construction methods I developed for the project, and any concept drawings of the costume creation(s) including placing it in my online portfolio. Please inquire if you have any legal concerns regarding your project and we will work to develop an agreement to accommodate your specific needs.



I highly encourage and prefer the commission of original or generic characters only.



However for the time being, and also very sparingly, I am willing to reproduce a copyrighted character because this is a very popular request that many artists understandably refuse. The commissioner must realize that technically speaking, all forms of fanart in the United States are highly illegal (exception for "fair use") and that you have no copyright ownership over the work and risk involving yourself in a legal dispute by doing so.



If I am to create a copyrighted character, I will consider the product a "derivative work" of the original; transforming the original source material into a textile medium for purposes of promoting the enjoyment of the source material for the commissioner and fans of the original work. However, it is up to the legal system to examine my claim and determine the severity of copyright infringement. By claiming the product is a "derivative work", it is not any sort of guarantee that you or I shall remain protected from a legal dispute should one occur. From my understanding of derivative works, this also means that the original copyright holder can influence our use or creation of the costume itself. It is the copyright holder's right to remove or reproduce any images of the work you or I have taken, including even confiscating the costume item, making a profit from the work, and/or denying me the ability to create any more products from their copyrighted content. If this happens, so be it; it was the risk we both took and I shall never offer my services towards the reproduction of copyrighted characters again.



In simple terms, the character/design is owned by the copyright holder (either you or a third party in this case, preferably with permission). I own the craftsmanship of the project as well as the images and videos I take of it at any time. You own the physical product itself after payment is complete. If you return the product, you no longer have any ownership rights over the physical product (character/design rights still belong to the original copyright holder).



The craftsmanship of the finished product is owned by CanineHybrid Creations. An exclusive rights license agreement is made between CanineHybrid Creations and the owner of said product as follows: The product owner may publicly display or perform in the costume without limitation, freely take videos or photographs of the work for public display or distribution (online or otherwise), transfer ownership through sale or other means, and create derivative works without consent, as long as no copyright is claimed over the original craftsmanship to anyone other than CanineHybrid Creations, and ensured that the new work is appropriately credited as a derivative work of my original material. Upon the transfer of ownership of said item, you acknowledge that you are also giving up your exclusive rights to the product and transferring them to the new owner. The new owner must be made aware of the license agreement the product has with CanineHybrid Creations. Amendments to the exclusive license agreement made be discussed and agreed upon by all parties.








RETURNS


Every item comes with a 30 day limited warranty that covers the materials and craftsmanship and can be sent back for repairs, replacements, or refunds. The warranty excludes items that have been altered, have been used improperly, has not been thoroughly cleaned for return, or damaged from shipping.



If for whatever reason you are unsatisfied with your product, you are able to return it in the best condition possible for minor repairs, a refund, or exchange depending on the circumstance. Minor repairs shall be made free of charge within the first year of ownership and I reserve the right to refuse offering this service if it is violation of any terms stated in the warranty. Depending on the nature of the repair, compensation may be required. A significant alteration or repair attempted by yourself or anyone else will void the warranty and you will no longer be eligible for a free simple repair, and I will ask for an appropriate service fee under the circumstances to repair the item.



A valid reason will be necessary for consideration in a return or exchange. A refund will include a full return of balance minus the deposit. An exchange for the total balance of the returned item can be put towards another commission item and the difference compensated for. I reserve the right to alter or sell an unwanted returned item as I inherit all ownership rights, with the exception of character/design copyright, of the product from you upon agreement to a refund. All refunds will be issued in installments and paid within one (1) year of cancellation date. I reserve the right to refuse a return if the product's condition voids the warranty.








OTHER TERMS


While concept art is required for most costume projects, the end result will follow as closely as I can to the original design within the margin of human error, the human body and proportion, physics, my personal artistic style, and available materials. I will work with you to present the closest alternative should any of these limitations greatly affect the design or outcome of the project where it would be unsatisfactory.



You must be 18 or older to purchase any large project items (valued at $100 or more) unless you have the permission from a parent or legal guardian.



I am not held responsible for a costume that does not fit the commissioner correctly due to poor or inaccurate measurements taken by the commissioner. Follow the duct tape dummy guide and all measurement instructions carefully to ensure the best fit for your costume and please ask if anything is unclear. Younger individuals especially be warned: purchasing a custom fit costume may not fit you in the future if your body size is constantly changing. Losing and gaining weight will also affect how a costume will fit on your body. Purchase at your own risk.



To ensure the most accurate translation of your original concept to the final product, please describe your commission in the greatest detail possible, ensuring that nothing will be overlooked as more information than needed is always better than not enough. Be sure to fill out each section of the provided order form as necessary for the most accurate quote and final product.



My costume products are wearable forms of art and should be treated as such. Poor maintenance and care of products will result in a void warranty and an unsatisfied customer, so please take good care of your commissions! A care guide is included with all sales.








LIABILITY DISCLAIMER


In no shape or form am I responsible for any injury you may experience while wearing my products. It is your own responsibly to know the limitations of your body and the costume, taking into consideration your environment, acknowledging any safety hazards and risks that would present itself to you as result from wearing any costume product, and I strongly encourage the use of a handler or personal assistant to provide aid while wearing a costume.









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My Life

Q: What is your birthdate?


A: January 12, 1990. Now give me presents.




Q: Where are you residing?


A: I live in a house, in the capital city of Denver, in the state of Colorado, in the United States, in North America, on the planet Earth, in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy. There, now you can stalk me :/ If you need to mail me something, here's where to send that to:


Riley Carbaugh

CanineHybrid Creations

PO Box 103422.
Denver, CO 80250



Q: Who are your siblings?


A: I'm the oldest child who got all the visual art talent! I have a younger sister Katie (AerilynKores), whom I'm 18 months apart from, and she got the science/nature/health passion. She was majoring in anthropology at Colorado University at Boulder and wanted a nursing degree so she can dedicate her life to helping others achieve better health through natural solutions, but right now she's taking a break to focus on healing herself and is interested in becoming a pilates instructor. And my brother Rey ReyTiger), who is 4 years younger than me, and he got the technology/math smarts who also loves parkour, poi, and playing the guitar. He's attending the prestigious engineering college Colorado School of Mines and aims to become a software engineer/programmer.




Q: Taken or Single?


A: Single, and not interested in anything serious or long term at the moment. Honestly having just plain friendships has proven to be way way way better. I do have a relationship with someone I call my "lifemate" which is like deepest, best-friend-connection-for-life kind of relationship with Koji formally known as Taro or Jack.



Q: Who are your roommates?


A: This may me temporary, but at the moment I rent out a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath house with Verlis, PoX, and Xander.


When I lived at the dorms, my bestest friend from high school, Ani was my roommate for 3 years and we had all sorts of the crazy adventures that we became infamous for having. When I moved out of the dorms and into a small rental house, I've had various roommates: My best college friend Ceil, my sister and her ex-boyfriend, PoX's ex-girlfriend Thyme, and a friend from college Onion. I've also had 3 other past roommates, Felicia, Daniel, and Margo, that you probably never saw and I never mentioned.




Q:Who are the guests on your Livestreams?


The most common people you'll see on my Livestreams are my 4 roommates, but I often am visited by my oldest friend Sorin and my brother Rey. In the past I have also had Rooth, Kampfer, Draga, Jin (aka Rek), and Mer.




Q: Where do you go to school?


A: I graduated June 14th with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts and Animation from the Art Institute of Colorado.




Q: Do you have any pets?


A: At the moment, I do not. I am highly interested in getting a Blue Tongue Skink in the near future for myself. Both of my family pets are no longer with us- my dog Charlie, a male smooth coat border collie, who was a rescued sweetheart came into our family when I was nine (1999) and who passed away July 25, 2012. He was the best dog I've had the pleasure to know and I have photos of him here in my gallery: fav.me/d58pu6p. Then there was Solo the female Goffin Cockatoo, who decided she didn't like anyone and picked out half her feathers from stress no matter what we did to try and help. She was 1 year of age when we got her from a family friend in 2005 and after about 4 years gave her back to the original family where we thought conditions would have been better, but recently learned that she passed away in 2011 at an extremely young age for a bird. I've had a few fish and some triops over the years too.




Q: When did you create your first costume?


A: I made my very first one, a Lugia costume, when I was ten years old out of construction paper (2000). I also made a Zaptos for my brother to match but haven't re-discovered photo evidence of it yet. Here's a photo of me wearing it at my 11th birthday party :3 http/www.flickr.com/photos/can…




Q: What inspired you to start making costumes?


A: It was my best friend Starmuttani and the ambitious cosplay project of dressing up as her Flygon character for our local convention, NDK in 2006. The idea of making your own, custom character to wear at a convention sounded like such a fun idea! So myself, Ani, and NightTwilightWolf all decided for the following year's con we'd all go as a group of Pokémon together. I started researching tutorials and tips online... which was way easier said than done because very few resources were around back then and I had no idea the fursuit community on LiveJournal existed. I used tutorials from Matrices for balaclava moving jaw heads. Eventually Kaida the Charizardmorph was born, though the costume debuted wingless because the first pair I made was a flop and had to be finished at a later date. However the whole project was still a success- mostly due to the fact that I credit it being the single largest learning experience to date... having taught myself how to sew, work with foam and 3D shapes, play with the idea of designing a "wearable sculpture", created fabric patterns, and problem solve everything in general. The process was so much fun and the end result so worthwhile, that it allowed me to continue a tradition of creating a new one every year afterwards... increasing the complexity and quality with each project.




Q: Where did the name "CanineHybrid" come from?


A: "CanineHybrid" actually came about from an idea that my friends and I had. We had created an original role-playing game/collaborative story called "Eon"- which was about mutant experiments with magical powers. We thought "What if our characters had an online blog and wrote about events in their lives?" We had considered actually making real accounts for our characters on LiveJournal and type up fake posts from the point of view of our characters, though it never came to be. Still, we all chose usernames based on who our characters were in this role-playing game or what they might have picked as online handles... and funny enough they ended up being the main usernames Night, Ani, and myself now use for accounts today! My role playing character Riley is half dog and half human, hence "CanineHybrid". She had blue fire powers too, awww yeah.


However, the ultimate decision on how this became my main username is for many reasons all stacked up on one another. Besides the named being based on my character, it also makes a tribute to my love of werewolves and describes my personal connection to a canine-like identity (therianthropy). I have also had others describe me as "dog-like" in my actions, behavior, and personality for years. Even my old character, Tusami the dragon, was very dog-like in her anatomy and personality. It works as a business name to describe what I do as well- which is turn people into creatures through costumes, essentially making them half human, half whatever character they're portraying. I also think hybrids of anything can be really cool and creative. And then the best part about this name was that surprisingly the username had not been taken anywhere on the net prior... so I was able to establish a universal name to use on every website I'm a part of, which was something that was very important to me to have when switching to a new identity, as well as being extremely easy to read and remember. Finally I had been contemplating some changes to Riley the German Shepherd Dog to make her a little bit more hybrid-like lately, so "Riley the CanineHybrid" was born as character of a GSD combined with a dinosaur.




Q: Where do you work?


A: I'm the full-time Fabric Coordinator at my local JoAnn Fabric and Crafts, a popular art store chain in the US that specializes in fabric. Otherwise I run a part-time creative/freelance business specializing in creature costumes called CanineHybrid Creations.




Favorites

Q: What is your favorite color?


A: Steel blue (#4682b4) and looks like this. It is the color of Riley's collar. Black, silver, and blue have always been my top favorite colors, especially when used together in a color scheme... and steel blue is a great representation of what all three mixed together would be like.




Q: What is your favorite Pokémon?


A: Aerodactyl, hands down. Favorite legendary is Lugia (Shadow Lugia specifically).






Other

Q: What are your Nintendo friend codes?


A: 3DS Code 2191-9047-0147 "Riley" (My List is full by the way)


Wii Codes 1785-7342-6967-7364 | Pokémon Revolution: 4297-5753-9443 | Brawl: 3952-7086-1010 | Animal Crossing: 1419-1024-7582


DS Codes | White: 2752-0451-4598 | Soul Silver: 0646-7993-3332 | Pearl: 2493-3811-9400 | Mario Kart: 1675-6856-7563 | Star Fox: 7138-6909-0262 | Animal Crossing: 4381-5070-8821




Q: What conventions/events do you attend with your costumes?


A:


Past: Nan Desu Kan 2005-2013, A-kon 2008-2013, Animeland Wasabi 2009-2012, Rocky Mountain Fur Con 2009-2013 (Dealer), Starfest 2011-2013, Denver Comic Con 2012, Pokémon Black & White Mall Tour 2011, BolderBoulder 2009-2013, & Elitch Gardens Cosplay Meetup 2010-2011, Zombie Crawl 2011. Further Confusion 2013.


Present (2014): BolderBoulder, A-kon, Denver Comic Con, Rocky Mountain Fur Con, Nan Desu Kan, Midwest Fur Fest. Hoping to add a nearby out-of-state con as well, something in Utah, Arizona, or Nebraska. Check my main DA page for info and dates here.


Future: (Wishful thinking) Anthrocon, Otakon, Monsterpalooza, Anime Expo, San Diego ComicCon, Dragon*con, Nan Desu Kan: New Year's Eve Ball +tons more




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Full Steam Ahead

Journal Entry: Tue May 4, 2010, 8:30 PM






Riley

Bring you your daily dose of awesome.




Updates


So I've reached a little DA milestone here... posted by 100th deviation :dummy: In total, I'm sure I've got about 200 on DA with my old accounts, but stiillll.






For people who haven't seen, my super awesome Shadow Lugia costume video was uploaded last week and everyone who's watched it thinks it's a blast. Takes 5 minutes of your life: www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIAe2_…


Or if you want to skip the pretty presentation, check out the final result: www.flickr.com/photos/caninehy…


I think I'll put a few of my WIP costume pictures of my costume projects on my DA gallery. Why not? I've found people are extremely interested in the creation process and are too lazy to read and follow links (obviously not talking to you guys if you're reading this XD). And my gallery is often lonely, so I'll be giving it more company. My life is seriously revolving around costumes right now so that's like all I think about day in and day out. It's almost sad. No, actually it is sad. I forgot to eat yesterday. Or if I did eat, I totally forgot what it was. I had Mountain Dew to keep me going and the rest is a blur and breathing foam dust.





No, my room is still not cleaned.





Status


Status: Commissions :bulletgreen:Open!:bulletgreen: caninehybrid.deviantart.com/jo…


I made my goal last week of getting 3 headshots done so still plugging away here. I'll try to get some more finished up soon. They usually take me an hour or so, and I could get them all done in 2 days if I went (within reason) non-stop, but we all know I have no time for such things. All my spare energy (which is like no energy) is put into costumes costumes costumes. I am determined to NOT fall COMPLETELY behind in school and I ABSOLUTELY REFUSE to work on the costumes in the hotel room this year. I'd like to not have that con stress for once, thanks.





This next Saturday, May 15th, there's a Nan Desu Kan cosplay meetup at Elitch Gardens (amusement park, formally a Six Flags) and I'm going with Draga03 and my brother ReyTiger. Hope to see some of you there! I'm going to try and make my Shadow Lugia hoodie by then (which means I have to order my fabric tonight. Bleh money) Other events this month that interfere with my life/costuming work are SorinCrecens's graduation party and the awesome Boulder Boulder Memorial Day race (plan to wear my Shadow Lugia hoodie to that as well, and one day a full fursuit once I buy a cooling vest).



Current Unread Note Count: 150



Responsibilities!? Muahaha! You'll never catch meeee! *flees the scene*








  • Listening to: Pokemon Medley extreme techno remix on repeat
  • Watching: Animator's Survival Kit DVD in class (excellent)
  • Eating: Nothing... apparently.
  • Drinking: Mountain Dew: White Out

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Contact

Q: What is the best way to get a hold of you online?


A: I am swamped daily with messages from every direction, therefore it's hard to pinpoint the BEST way to reach me quickly (though I guarantee you'll reach me eventually). I get on instant messenger clients very rarely. I have tons of email accounts that are mostly filled with spam and I may accidentally look over important messages depending on which address you send it to. deviantART and YouTube comments are also easily overlooked and personal messages are constantly backed up. Therefore I have different criteria for the nature of the message and the best way to contact me, outlined below.




Q: Email contacts?

A: My public email address is riley[at]caninehybrid.com and typically has a more professional usage.


For commission-related inquires (project quotes, questions), send emails to sales[at]caninehybrid.com or note me on my K9Hybrid account


For general or personal messages, I prefer DA notes on my CanineHybrid account


If you are a personal acquaintance, friend, or family email caninehybrid[at]gmail.com. If you're a stranger, I might not like you for using this.




Q: What other websites do you have accounts on?

A: You can stalk me almost anywhere, I try to make myself as reachable as possible. Simply search for the user "CanineHybrid" and you'll find me. Here's some of the most popular places you'll probably recognize (but doesn't necessarily mean I'm active): YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, Google+, Ustream, Livestream, LiveJournal, Twitter, Sheezyart, FurAffinity, Nabyn, Weasyl, Tumblr, Wordpress, Photobucket, iScribble, MySpace, Steam, Gaia Online, Runescape, Neopets, FurSpace, DailyMotion, Etsy, Ebay, Wikipedia, Instructables, Lugia.us, Newgrounds, and more as I remember.



More coming soon!





DA Interaction

Q: Can I watch you? Will you watch me back?

A: Pfffthh, no need for permission to watch my work, I'm honored you want to keep up with my stuff so go right ahead. However I do not do watchbacks, I've tried that once. Occasionally I'll stop by my watcher's galleries to see what's new (especially if they comment/favorite my stuff a lot) but watching I reserve for galleries I really admire for artistic value or appeal to my interests. I do reward every one of my watchers with a llama though as thanks :3




Q: Can I draw your characters?

A: Dude! Yes of course! I absolutely love when people create art because of me/for me (especially if they show me their work and even better when they send it to me in the mail *squeaks*). No need to ask permission to recreate my characters in your artistic medium, as long as you credit me in the interest of intellectual property rights. You're also welcome to make up your own OCs based off my original species/worlds with permission and the proper credits. You must request permission if you intend for my character to be used in any sort of sexual theme, but if you're ever in doubt, ask. Also if you're curious on my input for what my character's personality is like, or how they would react to a situation, or for any insight to aid you in the best portrayal of my characters, don't hesitate to ask for that either!




Q: How many messages DO you get a day?

A: I watch 400 people, so you can imagine with my inability to check messages promptly it adds up fast. I'll have to run an experiment to see on average how many messages build up in a day. At least 300 deviations daily. Probably an average of 1 note a day. If I submit a deviation I'll get maybe 40+ comments that day, otherwise it's about 10 daily. And usually favorites are in the hundreds. New watches are about 4 a day.






Commissions

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General

Q: What computer programs do you use?


A: I currently use Adobe CS5/6 products. For all my digital art, I worship the creation of Photoshop. I own but rarely use MS Paint or Corel Painter. Collaborative canvas programs I'm fond of are openCanvas and the online programs iScribble.net and ArtGround's Sketcher.


For animations, I primarily use Flash but another good program is Toon Boom Studio. I'll also use After Effects and Photoshop.


For all my YouTube video projects, Premiere and After Effects are amazing tools. I would like to add that Windows Movie Maker is the worst video editing program on the planet.


For website creation and DA journal css, I use Notepad and Dreamweaver.


3D work is done in Autodesk Maya 2012. Sometimes I play around with Google Sketchup.




Q: I want to get a good art program but I can't afford Photoshop, what do you recommend?

A: Photoshop is damn expensive, around $800 or something. Even at student discount prices some people can't spend that kind of money. Most all programs come with a trial so use that to your advantage. You can buy Photoshop Elements instead for about $100 that includes all the tools and features you'll probably be needing to use as a beginner. A totally free program that many download as a Photoshop alternative is GIMP, which I've not used myself but I hear is quite good considering. openCanvas is very nice too (and free). Lots of people prefer the traditional media look of Corel Painter or Paint Tool SAI (but they're not exactly cheap either). Or you can always just pirate stuff (shhh) XD




More coming soon!





Art Techniques

Q: What do you use to draw on the computer? How do you get your lines so smooth?

A: I draw with a computer graphics tablet; a Wacom Intuos3 model. In the words of my art instructor: Drawing with a mouse is like drawing with a brick. The pen is pressure sensitive and the coordinates of the tablet are mapped to your computer screen. It takes some getting used to and some good hand-eye coordination, but I'm almost better at drawing with a tablet than with an actual pencil! (Still not sure that's a good thing).


The alternative to get smooth lines is to become best friends with the pen tool. It's a really awesome tool once you learn how to properly use it and is great for inking your scanned drawings.






Photoshop Help

Things like using the pen tool, about layers, making an animated gif icons for DA, etc. Coming eventually





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General

Q: Is it ok to make my own Pokémon costume that looks like yours? Can I use your costume designs or progress photos to help me? Can I make similar patterns? Etc.


A: Yes! I highly encourage others to use my concept design and progress photos as inspiration and ideas for creating their own, unique projects. The techniques I show are the important part; they can be helpful in any creature costume of any design. But keep in mind that in the artisan world directly copying my work "to a T"- attempting to make the same patterns and following my design as exactly as you can- is no different from tracing... and people will probably call you out on it.



So if your Pokémon costume will be heavily influenced in its aesthetic design to my concept art and creations- then I simply ask that you do me the honor of crediting my work by stating it was "based off/inspired by the original costume by CanineHybrid". A link would be appreciated too. I get messages all the time linking me to yet ANOTHER Lugia costume that looks exactly like mine and the creator doesn't acknowledge the source material. I really appreciate the flattery guys! I'm not gonna bite if you copy my work because I love to see what you come up with too- but I'll like you, and your art, a whole lot better if you aren't afraid to support my art too ;p



Other than that, best of luck with your project! (And please share your work with me, I'd love to see)






Foam

Q: What kind of foam do you use and where can I find it?


A: Urethane upholstery foam used in couch and chair cushions. It comes in two varieties: normal and high density (green color usually means high density). The foam is an incredibly forgiving medium to work in, is easily shaped, and very squishy. You can find foam at most fabric stores (for USA try Jo~Ann, Hancock Fabrics, or Hobby Lobby). Other helpful places to look are upholstery repair and/or supply stores as well as automotive/boat repair. Or simply search the keywords "upholstery foam" online.



There is also a specialty foam known as reticulated foam that is especially porous, great for airflow and it doesn't hold water which is ideal in costumery. It cannot be found in stores open to the public and therefore must be ordered online or bought wholesale. Both upholstery and reticulated foams are known as "open cell" foam- there is also a closed cell foam. These are hard, dense, and rubbery- think of the material of children's crafts foam, or a thick puzzle floor mat. These can be used in costumery as well for various applications and structures.




Q: What size of foam do I need?

A: This varies greatly depending on what project you're doing, there is no perfect number. I've found that is commonly comes in 24" width in fabric stores and anything 2" or thicker is much harder to work with and cut evenly (in half or otherwise) For this reason I suggest 1" foam to start with, and you can easily double it up to make 2" pieces. You'll rarely need anything thicker than 2". I also love using 1/2" foam as a final cover over large rough patches of my shaped foamwork to help smooth it out.


You commonly buy foam by the yard (some come pre-packaged, or online in set lengths) and when I make a standard size head, usually 1 yard of foam in a half sheet is plenty (36"x24"). Most projects do not require large amounts of foam; I tend to buy it in large quantities so I'm always stocked. Typically the only parts that require foam are heads and toes, possibly extended to include fingers and tails, maybe some spikes. Digitigrade leg padding and body sculpting will require a lot of foam however. If you don't have enough, you can always buy more so no worries. And save your scraps! If nothing else you can shred it down to use as a stuffing inside your tail or other projects. (Homemade LovSac anyone?)




Q: What brand of foam do you use?

A: You don't need a specific brand to make your project work, but it may help you search for it online. "Airtex" is found at Jo~Ann, "Confortaire", "Sew Perfect's 'Make It Green'" line and currently "AIR LITE" is at Hancock Fabrics, and "Polyfoam" is the brand Hobby Lobby carries. Common name for reticulated/treated outdoor foam I've seen as "Dryfast Foam".




Q: What do you cut foam with?

A: For large carving or cutting out shapes from a foam slab, use an electric kitchen knife. An exacto knife/box cutter will also work. The main carving tool is simply a pair of standard scissors. A hot-wire cutter can be used, but it is very dangerous, can give off toxic fumes, and not recommended. Hot knifes may be a little easier to work with, but still just as dangerous. I do not know of a builder who needs anything more than scissors and electric knives to do their job- just stick to that.




Q: How do you sculpt foam?

A: You use the same methods as if you were creating a sculpture: combining additive and subtractive techniques. Gluing several pieces together (additive) builds up your structures or makes them one larger piece to work with. Each one of your pieces will start as blocky objects and you must smooth and round it with small snips from the scissors: gradually cutting off the 90° edges and corners, beveling them more and more (subtractive). With practice you'll learn how to properly shape your foam pieces efficiently. I'll try to cover different foam sculpting techniques in future videos.




Q: How do you attach foam together?

A: Hot glue is the standard adhesive for foam projects. Both high temp or low temp will work, but it's recommended that you use low temp to avoid melting the foam and of course burning yourself. High temp bonds stronger but takes longer to cool insider the naturally insulating foam as well as risk melting and more severe burns. Also you WILL burn yourself, it's almost unavoidable, so be extra extra cautious. My favorite gun is a industrial gun from Home Depot because it melts glue very fast so it's always ready to go and because of the larger size more is melted at a time. The trigger is extremely comfortable and easy to squeeze because it's a whole hand lever and not a little finger trigger.


Mini and full size glueguns work fine as many people like having several different guns, including smaller ones to get into harder-to-reach places, but I recommend an industrial/full sized glue gun that can be found at home improvement stores rather than the cheap $5 ones at craft and hobby stores. Cheap guns may break or short out more easily, but any gun is at risk... though it IS rare. Use multi-temp gluesticks, the melting point for these kind is ideal and you can use them in any gun without worry... but not all brands are created equal. Experiment to find one you like at the pricetag you can live with. The potential downside to using hot glue however is that when it dries, it leaves a hard clump of glue between your foam pieces...it is also not very efficient for attaching large pieces together.


The alternative to hot glue is spray adhesive: it takes an hour or so to completely dry, but they are very helpful in bonding foam together smoothly and covering large areas. Their downside is that the fumes are toxic so please spray it outside or in a well ventilated area. If you're using this glue in any part of your costume head, be extra cautious about airing it out- the foam can hold onto the toxic fumes for weeks or even months and you don't want to be exposing that on yourself for long periods of time while wearing the costume.





Tutorials/Resources

Q: I'm completely new costume building and don't know where to start. Can you help me?


A: You're in luck! sgtknifeman and I recently released a video series on my YouTube channel that covers all the basic topics to help get you started in making your own creature costumes!


Creature Costuming


  • Part 1: Design & Planning
  • Part 2: Materials
  • Part 3: Tools, Duct Tape Dummies, and Foam
  • Part 4: Patterns, Fabric, and Tips for Heads
  • Part 5: Head, Moving Jaws, and Eyes
  • Part 6: Finishing, Performance, Safety, and Care



I also document all of my building process of my costume projects, they can be found on my Flickr gallery here: www.flickr.com/photos/caninehy…




Q: Where is the best place online to find tutorials or people to help me?

A: Hands down, the best place out there is the Fursuit Community on LiveJournal; no other resource can I more highly recommend than this website- fursuit.livejournal.com/profil…






Process Overview

Coming soon (check out the Creature Costuming video tutorials and Flickr photos for now: caninehybrid.deviantart.com/jo…)





"How did you...?"

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References: Original skin by NishithV, modified/coded by CypherVisor
New journal skin and code modified by CanineHybrid


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