I'm Josh. I've set my mind to working on a Marshtomp costume for New York Comic-Con this year - Oct. 10 - 13. It's my first construction and I've given myself plenty of time to work on it in case I run into trouble or errors. Anyway - to begin, I want my Marshtomp to be a fursuit-type of costume. However, I don't know how to begin. I read the Fursuit and Mascot thread in the General Construction area, and looked through the methods and such, but I'm not sure where to begin.
1. What method would work best for the construction of Marshtomp's head and fins? The pieces I plan on actually constructing are the head, the two rear-end fin, and the hand-fins and feet-fins.
2. How does a fursuit or mascot costume appear stuffed? Sewn costumes, like most Mudkip costumes, appear saggy and too large, and generally look bad. However, fursuits don't have this problem. They appear to be thick and cartoony, but also full. How do I emulate this?
3. What would be the best material to cover the entirety of the costume with? Fur wouldn't make the most sense, since Marshtomp is reptilian, but I feel that scales wouldn't come out nice and plain paint would look bad. Could anybody contribute some ideas?
Thank you in advance!