Every now and a again I like to take on a project where I try entirely new things... this is one of them.
This started as someone wanting an artistic liberty raven, but there is not much to art-lib on a raven so I asked if they'd like a raven based griffin, they said yes, then I was like "how about a Halloween theme?" they said yes, then my brain jumped from Halloween to rather a different autumn attribute... the harvest moon... I could /feel/ their excitement for this idea through the email lol X3
This is my first time doing a 2 part body, the bodysuit part is digi legs and 2/3rds a torso with the upper body being sleeveless mesh. The arms, chest and upper back are all connected and go over the mesh part of the body like a shirt, this way the bodysuit can be washed normally as you cannot soak the electronics or feathers.
This is my first time doing half-wings, the flight feathers are quilted fabric painted and textured, the rest are real feathers. Now real feathers are /not/ the most durable thing for a costume but they have a look that is hard to replicate (and well replicated ones are labor intensive/cost prohibitive) I consider them ok to use as long as the client is informed of the pitfalls and agrees to them.
The hands are store bought gloves with DVC claws and paw pads, with EVA foam scales, and fabric paint texture. I will admit dexterity in these hands is um... crap, lol, but the focus this time was 100% on looks and not at all on ease of use.
This is my first time using so many lights, there are LEDs inside the tail, arms, back, neck and head of this suit, each LED is popped through from the backing and glued into place, each bulb is coated in glow-in-the-dark fabric paint, this same paint was used to make more stars all over the suit.
The eyes are hand made LED moons, the chest is a store bought light up moon that glows yellow but the outside is white so I painted it. The clouds are polyfill sculpted and colored with fabric paint which gives you a nice rubbery durable washable finish.
The head base, paw pads, and claws are all from Dream Vision Creations and many many kudos to them and the huge volume of orders they fulfill, they got these parts to me in record time! The claws are all super duper glow-in-the-dark UV reactive and the effect lasts for hours!