About Fursuits

A fursuit is an animal costume, it can be either a partial one (head, paws, tail) or a full body suit. I enjoy both building fursuits and performing / wearing them.

It is pretty challenging to create a good looking fursuit (there are so many important points, like symmetry, the eyes and expression, the character design, etc.). Personally, I prefer nicely shaped fursuits rather than baggy mascots and like both realistic and toony fursuits (what's important to me are the facial expression, the character design, and of course the way a fursuit character is being performed/played - you can have the nicest costume, if you're only standing around like a zombie, it will look creepy).

Photo of Tani taken by Mike Goehre, 2007

Why do you do that?

  I have always been interested in creative work - and crafting a good looking life size costume is definitely a pretty good challenge.

What's more, I always loved performing (I used to attend a theatre group at school) and like entertaining people. It's a fun experience to "be somebody else" in a suit, and of course it's probably the closest way to really look like your character.

Adult people wearing costumes may sometimes sound strange to people, but for most fursuiters the main reason is simply - fun. The joy of creating, performing, dancing, making children laugh, entertaining people, taking nice photos with their costumes at nice locations, etc. A lot of people never understood it before they tried to put on a costume for fun themselves.

Photo of Daiquiri, 2009

My fursuits

I have both fursuits made by myself and commissioned by other artists.
The very first one I made was in 2002 (a grey lioness).

Please note that I do not offer fursuit commissions!

It's just a hobby for me, which requires more time than I have. Also I am not experienced enough to make a professional fursuit for other people. However, I will be happy to give advice and tips how to make a fursuit.

For a making-of how I made my fursuits, more information, photos, tips and links to professional fursuit builders - please visit my website http://fursuit.tanidareal.com

        Michonne - Belgian / German Shepherd (2014) (Commission by Don't Hug Cacti)

A female Shepherd character based on a character from the TV show The Walking Dead. Her friend Daryl (German Shepherd) also exists as a fursuit and belongs to my husband.

        Savoy - Silverfox-Wolf hybrid (2012)
(Commission by One Fur All Studios)

I finally wanted a new fursuit of my dear character Savoy, so I decided to commission One Fur All Studios (ScribbleFox) for her. He did an amazing job and I am very happy how she turned out (this fursuit was not made by me).

        Toskaya - Marten (Partial)

End of 2011 I made a partial fursuit (head, gloves, paws, tail) of a female marten character, together with my husband Nightfox. This was the first partial we made, in first line I wanted a suit for dancing that is not as warm as a full body suit.

        Tani - The Schnolf (2010)
(Commission by BNCreation)

In 2010 I commissioned a fursuit of my character Tani / the Schnolf (snow leopard / wolf hybrid) from the fursuit builder BNCreation (this fursuit was not made by me!).

The fursuit has digitigraded legs.
            Daiquiri - Transilvanian Wild Dog

My 4th fursuit, the Transilvanian Wild Dog "Daiquiri" (she's a vampire). With the help of Nightfox, we finished her in November 2008.

"Making of" website:
        Savoy V1 - Silverfox-Wolf hybrid

My 3rd fursuit, of my character "Savoy", finished in May 2006 and which was so far the most complicated one. This suit is retired and not worn any more.

"Making of" website:
        Tani fursuit II - Snow Leopard

In August 2004 I finished my 2nd fursuit - it's TaniDaReal II, the snow leopardess. This suit is retired and not worn any more.

"Making of" website: