Website: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/faruku/ http://faruku.webs.com/
Character/species commissioned (link to photo/concept art): http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6235/6240176830_4299871f50_z.jpg
Links to picture(s) of your commissioned item:
Is the item old or new (if old, how long have you had it/when was it made?)
New, completed late April 2012
--Grade each below aspect on a scale of 1 (worst) to 5 (best)--
Visual Aspect (does it match the concept art? Is it consistent with other items the maker has produced? Is it visually pleasing overall?):
Faruku's previous works have always been a real pleasure for me to see, so when I made the decision to have a more realistic take on my hyenasaurus (spotted hyena/spino hybrid) character, I knew immediately she was the one for the job.
Visually this head is simply stunning, and exactly how I envision my fursona to look if she were suddenly a real animal. Faruku got everything spot on, even down to the double canines in the top jaw (yes, she's meant to be a bit snaggle-toothed a la spinosaurids) and the little rip in the right ear. Even the detail on the hand painted eyes looks fantastic (can't get a close-up pic at the moment to show), and eerily realistic.
The eyes are also LED as I'd requested, and glow a nice amber color (the switch being in a velcro patch under the mohawk) when switched on.
The mohawk is kanekalon fiber, which is a material used for hair extensions and such, and can be styled much like actual hair (in fact, Faruku's mother, who is a hair stylist, styled the mohawk for me prior to shipping out!). Visually it looks far more stunning than most fur fabric mohawks I've seen.
I requested for her expression to be sort of a neutral, relaxed expression, which she nailed perfectly here.
What I am most impressed with is the actual shape of the face, which is clearly spotted hyena-esque as opposed to most other hyena heads out there which tend to have a very canine look to them. Faruku even voiced her concern before starting my head that she did not want it to look dog-like, and she most definitely pulled it off!
Service Aspect (Deadlines. Communication. Little extras.):
I commissioned this head back in October of 2011, with the starting date being sometime around January as this is when I made the final payment and she could start working on it. I did not have a specific deadline, so that wasn't an issue.
Faruku was very prompt in responding to my inquiries and was excellent about keeping me updated via email as to how the work was going, WIP photos included. She typically got back to me within the day, which was understandably a bit of a challenge considering the time difference (she's in the UK whereas I'm in the western US).
Overall a total doll to work with. :3
Workmanship Aspect (Is the sewing neat? Are things that should be sewn glued or vise versa? Does it fit? Has anything fallen off yet that shouldn’t have):
The head itself is a resin base as opposed to foam, which means it's pretty damn durable but seems like it could be hard to work around. The sewing is seamless, most everything on this head looks quite organic. Only upon very close inspection can you see the seams at the base of the back of the ears, and obviously the zipper up the side.
The fit of the head is quite snug but not painful or too tight, and the moving jaw is incredibly sensitive with my own jaw movements as I talk/growl/etc. The only small issue I have is that it's a tad tight against my chin, but there's padding there so it isn't bad unless I've been wearing the head for a few hours without a break.
Breathability is nearly perfect with ventilation through the mouth and nostrils, and if I get particularly hot I can simply 'pant' and that helps cool me down. ;)
Describe your Experience. Pros, Cons, Comments:
I'm entirely satisfied with my head, and having been a fan of Faruku's work for some time now, glad to say I had a builder of such talent take on my character! She was fast, knowledgeable, friendly, and I will definitely be recommending her work to other furs in the future. :D
Final Grade (out of 5):