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Commissioning is the process of ordering a custom-made fursuit directly from the maker. Generally, the process involves:
1. Contacting the maker directly with your idea/character design and getting a quote for it
2. Submitting a duct tape dummy (DTD) to the maker
4. Receiving your finished product
Short for “Direct Message,” it is used to describe private communication between a maker and customer on Twitter.
When making costumes, a body cast is often necessary. The easiest and cheapest way to do this is by duct taping ones body over a cheap painter’s suit. A correctly made DTD is important for a costume to fit correctly.
Most fursuit makers require a DTD for a fullsuit, and will not start your commission until your DTD is received.
Digitigrade padding, often shortened to “digi,” refers to costumes with legs and/or feet that have been padded to give the appearance that the wearer is walking on their toes, similar to how many animals’ legs are formed.
FurAffinity, or FA, is the most common platform makers use to do business. It can be described as a “furry version of DeviantArt,” but it is used more like a social platform for the furry community. If you plan on commissioning work, you should probably create an account on FA.
FurAffinity is a website that accepts all kinds of art. It is not specialized, so you will have to do some searching to find your first fursuit makers there. Once you find the first few, the rest get easier to find.
You can search for “fursuit” and favorite submissions of costumes you like, watch the makers that made the fursuits, and stay up to date with a maker’s journals, which are often used for announcements about commission openings and pre-made sales.
Makers list their main methods of contact in their user profiles, such as how to commission them, their emails, what their prices are, etc. FA is useful for keeping track of all this, even if the particular maker doesn’t take commissions through FA’s note system.
A fullsuit, or full fursuit, is an animal-themed costume that covers the entirety of the body, to give the illusion that a human is not inside.
An animal-themed costume that covers the entire body (fullsuit) or at least the head and hands (partial).
Sometimes it is used as a verb to describe the act of wearing the animal-themed costume.
The term for people who are interested in anthropomorphic animals and combine that interest with various hobbies such as art, writing, and costuming.
A very distinct toony style modeled after the anime and manga of Japan. Costumes in this style usually have large dome eyes, tiny mouths, and small bodies with large paws.
For the purposes of FursuitReview, a Kigurumi, also called a kigu, is a one-piece costume similar to pajamas that are made to represent an animal.
In general terms, Kigurumi are Japanese mass-produced animal pajamas. However, many fursuit makers create custom pieces on commission in this theme. It is only the custom kigurumi that have reviews on FursuitReview.
Muscle padding is a specific stylistic choice made in order to bulk out a costume, giving the wearer the appearance of large muscles. FursuitReview uses this category for the more common “muscle suit” type of costumes as well as padding that obfuscates the human form to give the illusion that a wearer is not inside.
The catch-all term for people who make the items being reviewed.
Short for “Private message,” it is often used to describe any contact with a maker outside email.
Pre-made fursuits are just what the name implies: pre-made. It’s important to note that “pre-made” on FursuitReview refers to fursuits bought directly from the maker, and not for previously sold fursuits. It is common for makers to make what they want in a general size and then sell this. Used fursuits, not bought directly from the maker, are not allowed to be reviewed on FursuitReview, but are still sometimes referred to as “premades.”
Plantigrade, or “planti” is a lack of padding in the legs/feet of a costume. Since humans are plantigrade (walk on the flats of our feet), there is usually no need to add anything to create the illusion of plantigrade locomotion.
Padding is extra material put inside a costume to make it look a certain way. It is often used to help obfuscates the human form concealed within.
A partial, or partial fursuit, is an animal-themed costume that covers some, but not all, of the human body. Partials consist of at least a head and one other item for review purposes.
A Queue is a list of people who have confirmed slots for projects by a certain maker, but those projects have not been started yet. Fursuits take a long time to make and makers often only open up a few times per year. Many makers will accept commissions from several people, but only work on one of them at a time. The Queue is used, generally, as a list of priority for projects.
So if you are “next in the queue” then your project will be worked on as soon as the current commission is completed. If you’re further down the list in the Queue, then you will have to wait until the work has been finished for everyone listed above you before work on your commission can begin.
Some makers use a Queue as an unordered list of all people they owe work to, but the most common use of a Queue is the list of priority.
Commonly referred to as “Semi realistic,” this style combines features of realistic and toony costumes to give its own unique look.
Realistic costumes are meant to look like real-life living and breathing animals. They usually have resin eyes with vision through the tear ducts and natural fur colors.
Toony costumes are meant to look like walking cartoon characters. They usually have large eyes and bright fur colors.