Reference Sheets 101
Good concept art shows clearly how your character will translate as a costume, and thus Strut Your Fluff requires ref sheets for accurate quote processing and costume construction.
What Makes a Good Reference Sheet?
1. A clear image
Digital art is preferred.
If your ref sheet is hand drawn, please either scan it or take a high-quality picture.
Strut Your Fluff will NOT take descriptions only; a visual image is required.
2. Full front, back, and side views of your character
Omit appendages such as tails and wings in the back view, and arms in the side view. This is because they may block markings.
Include tails and wings and any other extra appendages separately.
3/4ths views are not recommended because they cause blind spots on the design, as you can observe in the example.
3. Simple poses
Basic poses are easy to read; dynamic poses cause blind spots.
If you think the pose is boring, it is probably perfect.
4. 2-D shots of any intricate markings
Complex markings and tattoos need to be displayed separately and two-dimensionally for maximum accuracy.
5. Flat colors
NO SHADING. This changes your character’s real color[s] and will make choosing fur colors more difficult.
6. Your character’s name, gender, and species
7. Your character’s color palette
This provides an at-a-glance view of what fur colors your character will need.
– Fur Colors
Not all colors are available in fur. And even then, some fur colors are rarer than others. A rarer fur will cost more and thus increases the price of your costume. You may have to omit or change a color in your design accordingly.
Some markings are too complex to be done well—or at all. You may have to simplify your character before it can be made into a costume.
Keep in mind that complicated markings that are costume-friendly will not only greatly add to the price, but also may result in a costume more susceptible to rips and tears. More markings equal more seams, and seams weaken fabric.
– Oversized/Special Features
If your character has giant ears or a six-foot-long tail, it will be a more expensive costume. Don’t go overboard with exaggerated features; you may have to downsize because there is such thing as TOO big.
Special features such as wings, indoor feet, interchangeable eyelids, padding, and curled tails will increase your costume’s price.
Some species are more expensive than others when it comes to costume translation. Unique and complicated anatomical shapes and features take more time and resources to create, so don’t be surprised if the quote you receive for your warthog-scorpion hybrid is more than your red fox.