Tutorials and DIY Resources

Tutorials and other instructional videos and pages will be posted here as I create them, so stay tuned! For now I have a quick list of where I get most of my materials, and computer programs I use for my other non-costume work. Please keep in mind that I’m only listing companies/programs I’ve personally used and recommend; there are a lot more options out there than what I’ve listed here!

If you have specific questions or would like to see more specific links focused on certain subjects, please feel free to come join/browse the channels of my Workshop Discord that may have the information you’re looking for.
I also sell and take custom orders for many items, so feel free to check out my Shop tab if you’re interested!

Resins, Silicones, EVA, and other Specialty Materials

Smooth-On – Many 1:1 ratio products, including resins and silicones

Douglas & Sturgess – Has a Richmond and San Francisco warehouse where I get many Smooth-On products

TNT Cosplay Supplies – Created and run by and for cosplayers; has a lot of specially made EVA products as well as specific tools, adhesives, and more!

Adafruit – Electronics and electronic tutorials (my main source for electronics)

SparkFun.com – Electronics and electronic tutorials

The Monster Makers – Sculpting and casting supplies, and more (books, mannequins)

EL WireCraft and EL Panel & Tape – My source for all my EL panel work (such as Tesla’s pawpads and eyes)

Fabric and Fur Websites

National Fiber Technology (NFT) and Hairymanns Closet – Ultra high-quality faux fur of longer than average length/pile

Big Z Fabrics – my favorite fabric store, lots of great quality faux furs and rare styles

*JOANN – General fabric, foam, and other art materials

Fabric.com – General fabric website

CRs Crafts – Nice quality for most furs; some realistic faux fur (flecked colours)

Fursuit Supplies – Run by furries, so they know what they’re doing!

Etsy – Can always find interesting and different fabrics here

Fabric Empire – Decent fabric website, a few issues have been had but they’ve remedied all very quickly and fairly

Art/Development Programs

Affinity – Fantastic alternative to Adobe products (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc) 1-time payments for each product instead of subscriptions!

Manga Studio 5/Clip Studio Paint – My main digital art program, also does animation and has 3D elements for references (perspective rulers, models, etc)

Zbrush, ZbrushCore and Sculptris – Great organic 3-D art programs for character concepts (free options)

Gimp – An image editing/manipulation program somewhat like Photoshop, but takes a little getting used to.

Blender – 3D design and animation, 2D animation (and it’s free!)

Scrivener – Great story design and writing program

Audacity – Audio software; I use it for editing/recording sound effects

Unity – 3D (and 2D if needed) development software, known for game development but does much more

OpenOffice – free alternative to Microsoft Office (OpenOffice Writer is basically Microsoft Word and what I use instead)

*A lot of creators advise against using Joann as a resource, as some of their materials can be of low quality; however, they also carry standard materials and decent fabrics, even some high quality fabrics, and shouldn’t be disregarded as a source for materials. The trick is to know what you’re looking for and learn to tell good brands or qualities from the bad (like checking the backing of fur fabrics). Personally, I enjoy shopping at Joann’s because of their constantly available coupons and can easily pick out what’s worth buying or not.

Artwork and Costumes by Rayne "McKinley" Mason (Wesley McKinley)