The Making of Rukario

By on Thu 8 May 2008

Ok, so Midwest Furfest is at the end of November, that gives me six months to have a suit ready for it. No, I’ll be moving a third of the way around the world in early October, so I need all my stuff packed, palletised, and ready for loading onto a container by the end of September. This gives me only four months. And, to have one made up by a costume maker, it will be at least mid-winter 2009. In the end, I’ve decided to go it alone. Much like Rukario would.

Going online, I’ve found a few resources with some bits of information on how best to go about this. I can’t recall all of the sites I found with a few one-line hints; some are from costume makers, others are from amateur fursuit makers. I’ll try to find them all and compile a list.

So, I managed to get started on the design. And, the more I got into it, the more pleased I was that I didn’t give the job to someone else. Initially, the decision was simply one of expediency. However, I found myself getting deeper into Rukario’s character, and I was increasingly of the feeling that this was far too important for me to let someone else to do it. This is not a matter of making a Rukario suit for someone with my measurements; this a matter of making a Rukario suit for myself.

Fortunately, apart from the extremities (head, hands, feet), the design of the suit appears fairly simple. At its very basic nature (and at the risk of insulting dedicated fursuiters), it is just clothing—from a design perspective only! The completed suit is far, far more than just clothing! But this means I can base the bulk of the design on normal clothing.

Using Craft Fabrics as a supplier of the fur, I’ve settled on using their W160 fur, with these colours:

  • Flavine(Cobalt for shiny) × 1 m for the torso; it may be too bright a yellow, but it isn’t as vivid as, say, a Pikachu yellow. Oh well, a wash in a bit of bleach might be able to tone down the colour if it does turn out to be too bright.
  • Cobalt(Marigold for shiny) × 2-3 m for the blue areas; parts of the head, arms, tail, and thighs; again, this may turn out to be too dark, but the next-lightest option, Baby Blue, is far too light. And, to be honest, not very tough-wolf-jackal looking.
  • Dark grey(China Blue for shiny) × 2-3 m for the remainder; the rest of the head, hands, shoulders, waist, lower legs, and feet. This choice of colour will no doubt prove controversial, as these areas of Rukario’s body are sometimes depicted as brown. However, looking at my DS under good lighting, they are indeed grey.
  • White felt squares to be used to cover the cones, and for the eyes.
  • Flamingo felt for the heel pads. It has that mixture of pink and black that suits the pads of a canine’s paw.

I haven’t yet decided whether to go for a standard, or a shiny, Rukario. Rukario in his normal colouration is the one who holds more meaning for me. But, I adore the blue and gold of the shiny Rukario.

Just a note. I’m going to give various measurements. If I don’t give any units, assume millimetres, and radians for angles.

On that note, this page will probably be filled with a lot of mathematical weirdness. I think I may have missed my calling as a mathematics professor. Still, this is throwing up a load of interesting problems, and few things I like more than interesting, challenging mathematical problems!

I can’t really do anything else until I order the materials, hopefully tomorrow, and they arrive. Oh wait, I can make the cones!

But first, I’d like to thank fellow Rukario for introducing me to fursuiting. This project is making me realise even more just how much Rukario means to me.

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