cakeycat asked: Hey Channing, the fox and lion that you made for your illustration project are gorgeous! Would you mind talking a bit about how you made the fox's head?? It looks to be a much more complicated head pattern than normal, its a really gorgeous style! Thanks :D
thank you so much!!
and it’s funny you should say that, because it’s actually probably the simplest part of the fox XD
here’s the head pattern, and the body pattern so you can see where it attaches:
the lines on the neck are just because i wasn’t sure how much of the head i wanted minky, and since the head is turned i wasn’t sure exactly how it would sit, so i gave myself extra that i could trim. the stuffing hole was the neck, so i hand-sewed the head on, i think i ended up going along the line closest to the face. here’s a (bad) picture of how he originally looked:
when i took him to class everyone said he looked a little bald with his ‘hairline’ back behind his ears, so i just cut some scraps out of the fur and sewed them onto his cheeks and forehead and trimmed them to the shape i wanted. here’s his mugshot with the new fur:
and then the dark orange and white on his face are just applique, i was too lazy to actually sew them into the pieces. ^^
the complicated part of this guy was balancing the front legs, and giving him a little twist to the body, which i can’t explain as easily because there was a lot of tugging and sewing after he was done to make him stay upright and turn like i wanted to. the front legs were also hand sewn on afterwards, because i didn’t want to bother trying to figure out how they should sit when i made the pattern. they ended up needing wire in them so they were stiff enough to hold the body up.
i hope that helps this guy make sense!