Completed, sort of. (Posted 24th August 2013)
So I got Totoro completed for Aya (kind of), and got to walk him to the masquerade and wear him in it.
Staying with the eyes. For a camera I used one that is normally installed into a car for help with reversing. They're cheap and not bad quality, however, bad idea. Turns out the lens used in these camera are convex shaped, rather than flat. This means that I had a wider field of view, but it was distorted, completely screwing up depth perception and other things. I kept stopping because I thought I was going to walk in to people, but then be no where near them. Other than that, it worked well.
Hands... I need to find a better way of doing them. They couldn't grip anything, so had to install two clips in to the hand. I think this may be the best way to do it even on Mark 2, but we'll see. I found another way of doing them, so I'll try that first before ruling anything out.
Damn, there are a lot of things I wasn't overall happy with on this one. I'll blast threw two more and then move on.
I changed the stomach from foam, to teddy bear wadding. This worked awesome for huggers as it was all nice and soft, but the fur kept wrinkling, making it look loose. This may have also been caused by the soft papier-mâché support though.
last thing, the fur connection to the head and legs. Well there was none. Which really spoils it for me. I wanted him to look like a plush, but those two things just make it look like a cheap costume (Which he was not!). I got to speak to some awesome fur suiters though, which game me some awesome pointers on how to sort that next time.
So over all, I enjoyed wearing him, My friends seemed to be impressed and excited by it, and from what they've told me (I couldn't see a lot) other people around liked him a lot.
Thank you for reading all of this, if you have. More photos will be uploaded soon.
Still standing in my conservitory. (Posted 29th May 2013)
So unfortunately I wasn't able to get Totoro completed to the standard that I wanted for May Expo.