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It happens all the time on dA. You comment on an image with something less than an ass-pat, and people quickly jump on you about it. Then they come to your page to try to dig up dirt on you. I'm sure everyone's had that happen. The "oh, well you can't draw, so you have no right to say that the anatomy in this image makes no sense." As if you have to be a chef to know that you're being served a plate of feces, right?

It's happened to me about 300 times now, and I just want to put this out there: You cannot insult me by pointing out the fact that I make fursuits. Crafting costumes is an artistic endeavor, pure and simple. It takes skill, and it's something I've been working on and improving upon for five years now. It is my job, and I like the work. I'm proud of the work I do. And I'm good at it.

So please, go find anyone who is lucky enough to actually enjoy their job, and try to use that job against them as some form of insult, and see how far it gets you. I am not ashamed of the fact that I make fursuits, and I'm not going to be insulted by you calling me a furry--you know absolutely nothing about me, and being a part of the furry community by virtue of my work is not a bad thing. The people who buy my suits truly enjoy them, and making a custom product that people get so much joy out of is a good thing.

Anyway, I just felt the need to put this out there. Maybe next time someone tries to insult me by pointing out that I make fursuits (as if I weren't already aware of it), I'll just direct them to this journal.
We're accepting quote requests for heads, partials and fulls on our website www.savageturtlestudios.com/qu… In the meantime, I'm also opening up for smaller commissions (tails, paws, feet, ears). Send me a note or direct email (savageturtlestudios@gmail.com) if you're interested. :)
Yep, I created another group. This one is intended to become a collection of some of the best fursuits that can be found on dA. It'd be great if people could make some suggestions to the group of some of their favorite fursuits out there. :)

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I decided to start a group on DA.

:iconfursuit-critiques: is a place to help you learn how to make fursuits by critiquing your work as you go. Feel free to join the group and get things started. :3
So I've been getting quite a few notes and page shouts lately, asking about commissions and pricing. Our general price guide is listed at our website: www.savageturtlestudios.com It also lists whether or not we are currently open to take on new commissions.

If you note me here, I may not respond. I'm very forgetful when it comes to notes. Deviantart slows my computer down, and I try to avoid spending more time on here than necessary, so I have a tendency to read the note, move on, and then forget to ever come back to it. Don't take it personally if I fail to respond. Emails are more effective (savageturtlestudios@gmail.com), but I don't have a particular policy against notes. Just be aware that response time will be slower, and I may not respond at all. Send another note if I don't.
Hey everyone! The donations from our recent Japan charity auctions have been made. I thought I should provide the DA crowd with the same proof of donations that I gave to FA. :3

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Donation 1
Donation 2
Donation 3

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Donation 1
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I'm sure most of you have heard about the earthquake and subsequent tsunamis that have impacted so many countries, Japan taking the brunt of the damage. Our hearts go out to all of those who have been affected by this disaster. There have been many people saying things like "pray for Japan." While it is always important to feel sympathy and hope in situations such as this, taking action will always be the most important step that a person can take.

Therefore, we would like to set up a charity auction to benefit some of the organizations that are being and will be dispatched to help with the disaster, including the American Red Cross, Direct Relief International, Doctors Without Borders, Global Giving, and more (you can find a list of the many disaster relief efforts on this page: networkforgood.org). Feel free to donate to any of those organizations through that page if you wish! Please keep in mind that these organizations will be helping with the disaster worldwide, so they need all the help they can get.

For those who do not have the funds to donate, please consider donating your time or efforts for this cause. Ideally, we would like to create a dutch auction (in order to get as much money as possible), where there will be anywhere from 3 to 5 (or more!) winners. The highest bidder in the auction will obviously receive the biggest "thank you" prize, while the second, third, and so on will receive slightly smaller gifts. If you are an artist, please consider signing up to donate a piece of art. If you make fursuit items, please consider donating a premade or custom item. Every little bit will help, and the more people we can get to participate, the bigger this auction will be.

Please comment here if you would like to be added to the list of artists willing to donate. We will need the following information from you:

1) Name
2) Web address where your work can be found
3) What you would like to donate
4) "Base" price of what the item would normally cost, were it a commission
(this is to assess where the item should be placed in the dutch auction, since the highest bidder will receive the gift with the highest value)
5) Your contact email

We will be organizing this auction over the next week or so. Please spread the word to anyone who you think may be interested in participating.

If you would like to contact us with any questions or concerns, our email is: savageturtlestudios (at) gmail (dot) com


The list of current participants can be found at the original LJ fursuitauctions post here and on our personal LJ post here.

Please spread the word around by linking to this journal, or one of the two LJ entries above!!







Commission Status: OPEN
-Erika: Red Panda Feet and Tail (Deposit Paid, work begun)
-Saerak: Fox Feet (Paid, work begun)
-Morgan: Ears (Paid)
-Lindsay: Wolf Ears and Tail (Paid)



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FWA is coming up in three weeks. I have SO MUCH to do before then. Two full suits, two partials, and inventory to sell. All while keeping up with school work. lol OMS, these next few weeks are going to be cuh-ray-zee! xD




Commission Status: OPEN
-Erika: Red Panda Feet and Tail (Deposit Paid)
-Saerak: Fox Feet (Paid, work begun)
-Lazer: Hyena Feet (Deposit Paid, work begun)
-Morgan: Ears (Paid)
-Lindsay: Wolf Ears and Tail (Paid)
-Damyon: Wolf Tail (Awaiting Payment)



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I've completely cleared out my commission list! :) There are a few people who have commissions in the works, but nothing's been paid just yet. I feel very accomplished. A lot of those commissions were on my list for quite a while. Last semester was hectic and stressful and I had almost zero free time, so I'm glad it's all cleared out now. Now I have a bit of extra time to work on fursuits and inventory for the year's upcoming conventions! Yay!

Oh, and just FYI, our website's store is now back up, so we've got some items there available for direct buy. Link's down below if you're interested!


Commission Status: OPEN
-Erika: Red Panda Feet and Tail (Deposit Paid)
-Saerak: Fox Feet (Paid, work begun)
-Lazer: Hyena Feet (Deposit Paid, work begun)
-Morgan: Ears (Paid)
-Lindsay: Wolf Ears and Tail (Paid)
-Damyon: Wolf Tail (Awaiting Payment)



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Hope everyone has been having a good holiday season! And happy new year to all! :)

School's been out for a few weeks so I've been getting more work done. It starts up again on January 10 (day after my birthday, yay!) but I'm taking a light load next semester so I'll definitely be able to keep up with more commissions, which is good. So commissions are officially open again. :) Only for smaller items, though. We have a ton of stuff coming up in the way of partials and fulls, so heads, partials, and fulls are on hold for a bit longer. Over the coming months we'll be remaking our personal suits and making at least one (hopefully two) partial(s) to sell at FWA.



Commission Status: OPEN
- Supertra: Kangaroo/alien feet (payment received, work begun)
- Mishka: Ears (payment received)



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So it's been pretty crazy for a while here. Massive amount of tests, and I'm doing not-so-great in my classes simply because I keep getting overwhelmed. I've learned from this semester, though; I'll only be taking 2-3 classes in spring. Which will be nice, but means I may graduate a bit later than expected.

I recently lost my favorite pet rat, Darwin. She was really special to me, and I took it pretty hard. She contracted a respiratory infection that developed very quickly. The day I realized what was wrong with her, I took her to an emergency vet, and she wound up dying on the table. I'm hopeful that she was comfortable, though. She was given oxygen and was kept warm while she passed, so I hope it was not painful for her. I buried her near our peach tree, along with Mim whom I'd lost a few months prior. My other rat Aiko, an adoptee from a friend, has now contracted the same respiratory infection and is on a lot of meds and needs quite a bit of care. I hope she'll get better--a day or two after she started treatment she seemed to be doing great, but now it looks like she's relapsing. I'll just have to keep a close eye on her and hope for the best.

I'm slowly working through the commission list. Those still waiting, I REALLY appreciate your patience and understanding. As always, contact me with any concerns or questions!

Commission Status: CLOSED
- Supertra: Kangaroo/alien feet (payment received, work begun)
- Daniel: Tail (payment received, work begun)
- Mishka: Ears (payment received)



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For anyone who may be interested, Quaylak and I have created a new community on LiveJournal: Fit n' Furry! We realize that a lot of people in the furry community may need to lose or gain some weight. Some of them may need a little help, either in the form of advice, or just a community to help keep them on track and get some encouragement. So if you're interested in joining, be sure to come over and check it out! We'll be posting healthy recipes, exercise and nutrition advice, and hopefully we'll get plenty of personal stories and make some good friends while we all try to get healthy!


Commission Status: CLOSED
- Supertra: Kangaroo/alien feet (payment received, work begun)
- Victor: Black Wolf Tail and Ears (payment received)
- Daniel: Tail (payment received)
- Mishka: Ears (payment received)
On Hold:
- Krazy: Wolf Partial (deposit received, work begun, on hold)
- Brynn: Border Collie Partial (deposit received, on hold)

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I was interviewed and featured along with three other makers in a recent article on Deviantart. Here it is, in case anyone is interested in reading it!: news.deviantart.com/article/12…

Commission Status: CLOSED
- Stacy: Fox Legs and Sleeves(payment received, work begun)
- Tarena: Wolf and Ocelot half sets (deposit received)
- Dante: Fox/Snow Leopard Tail and Ears (payment received)
- Supertra: Kangaroo/alien feet (payment received)
- Victor: Black Wolf Tail and Ears (payment received)
- Daniel: Tail (payment received)
- Mishka: Ears (payment received)
On Hold:
- Krazy: Wolf Partial (deposit received, work begun, on hold)
- Brynn: Border Collie Partial (deposit received, on hold)


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We have returned! :) Anthrocon was a lot of fun this year, even if there were a few things that put a damper on our fun. Airport security, screaming children on the planes, thinking our inventory had been lost in the post, and my being just way too tired and in pain the whole time... standard stuff. I've decided I'm going to go ahead and get to the doctor to try and find out what's causing me to be tired all the time--I guess when it gets to the point that it really starts to disrupt your life, it's time to start doing something about it.

ANYWAY! We had a lot of fun. I didn't take my fursuit up there, and instead decided to cosplay as Ellis from Left 4 Dead 2. We didn't get any pictures ourselves, but maybe in the future we'll do a photo shoot. I wish I'd been in a better state and could have interacted with others differently; I just couldn't muster the energy to be really authentic Ellis. :( Sorry to anyone who saw me and expected a better show! I'll try harder next time. T-T

We were really happy to see Max the Mutt sell at the con, as well. And we were extra happy to see him go to the same guy who'd purchased our Louis the Lion partial (now renamed Otto) at FWA! So thanks again to dieselrottie over on FurAffinity! You've now allowed us to donate $165 to animal-related charities at these conventions. :)

It was also really, really awesome seeing all of the characters we've made over the years. I stood on the sidelines during the fursuit parade and took photos of any of our work that passed by, and there was a lot! It turns out that there were even a few of our works there that weren't in the fursuit parade, too. :o I think it's pretty great that even one of our first heads, made over 3 years ago (or was it more?) is still holding up and still being worn. :) We're hoping that in the future (hopefully next AC) we can organize a group photo for some of our past customers. It'd be great to get everyone together like that; it's awesome seeing a character come to life when it's being worn by the owner. :)

To those that we were able to hang out with and see at AC: it was great seeing every single one of you. Even with all of the stupid negatives that got in the way, this was probably the most fun convention I've had so far, and I'm really looking forward to seeing you all next year. You're all super awesome. :)


Commission Status: CLOSED
- Stacy: Fox Legs and Sleeves(payment received, work begun)
- Flarveon: Paws, Tail, Feet (deposit received, work begun)
- Skeppo: Partial (deposit received)
- Willion: Partial (deposit received)
- Tarena: Wolf and Ocelot half sets (deposit received)
- Supertra: Kangaroo/alien feet (payment received)
- Victor: Black Wolf Tail and Ears (payment received)
- Krazy: Wolf Partial (deposit received, work begun, on hold)
- Brynn: Border Collie Partial (deposit received, on hold)


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What days will you be there?
I'll be arriving Thursday afternoon and leaving Sunday night.

Where will you be staying?
The Westin.

Where can I find you?
During the day I'll be in the Dealer's Den at our table (look for "Savage Turtle Studios"). In the evening, I'll likely be out and about with my Quaylak. It's extremely unlikely that I'll be suiting this year, but if things go to plan, I will be in a costume of sorts. Let's see how many people recognize who I am, though. :) I'm really excited about this costume!

What will you have for sale?
Tails and paws, mostly. Quaylak will be taking commissions for badges and drawings. I'll be taking commissions for various fursuit pieces. We'll also have a partial for sale at the table, with the same offer that we had at FWA this year: 10% of the sale goes to the con's charity. Pictures will be posted this evening. :)


Commission Status: CLOSED
- Stacy: Fox Legs and Sleeves(payment received, work begun)
- Flarveon: Paws, Tail, Feet (deposit received, work begun)
- Skeppo: Partial (deposit received)
- Willion: Partial (deposit received)
- Tarena: Wolf and Ocelot half sets (deposit received)
- Supertra: Kangaroo/alien feet (payment received)
- Victor: Black Wolf Tail and Ears (payment received)
- Krazy: Wolf Partial (deposit received, work begun, on hold)
- Brynn: Border Collie Partial (deposit received, on hold)


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So commissions are closed for a while. Got AC prep work coming up, along with finishing all of my previous commissions. I'm also taking intense summer courses, so I need to make sure I have enough time to focus on them.

Smaller commissions may be closed for quite a while. There is a chance that I will open up for tails, paws, feet, and ears at intermittent times, but as of right now we have a waiting list of partials set up that should last us for a full year. We will be doing one partial a month, and the work required for those should be enough for me. I would also like to have more time to work on bodysuits so that we can begin making full costumes.

If you were wanting to commission me any time soon, your best bet may be to stop by our table at AC, since it is the last time/place I will be taking commissions for quite a while.

Commission Status: CLOSED
- Stacy: Fox Legs (payment received, work begun)
- Flarveon: paws, tail, feet (deposit received, work begun)
- Skeppo: Partial (deposit received)
- Willion: Partial (deposit received)
- Tarena: Wolf and Ocelot half sets (deposit received)
- Supertra: Kangaroo/alien feet (payment received)
- Jessica: Shiba Inu Tail and Ears (payment received, work begun)
- Victor: Black Wolf Tail and Ears (payment received)
- Hunter: Snow Leopard Tail (payment received, work begun)
- Krazy: Wolf Partial (deposit received, work begun, on hold)
- Brynn: Border Collie Partial (deposit received, on hold)


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This week has sucked. My rat Mim died Wednesday, which had me pretty upset. I've still got Darwin, but now I feel bad for her because they'd been together for 4 years, so I worry about her getting lonely. I don't think I'll be getting any more rats, since I have too many animals as it is. And if I get a new one, Darwin will eventually die and leave the new one alone, so it will just be an endless cycle of pity. :(

Today I found out that I didn't get this super awesome internship I applied for over the summer, so that was a pretty big disappointment. I tried to get over it and just kind of shrug it off--the fact that someone else was chosen over me doesn't totally reflect on me and my self worth, does it? :( Then I went to register for some summer classes instead, but because I'd waited 'til the end of the week to hear about the internship, I missed my opportunity for the classes I'd wanted. They're all full.

And this semester isn't going well. I'm going to either fail or barely pass my chemistry class, and my history class isn't going well at all because with only 3 weeks left, I still haven't figured out how the professor chooses the information for her tests--there are always questions on there that I have no idea where she got them from, since the information is not in the books nor her notes. And on the last test, she decided to mix things up and give us two essay questions, when we'd always only had one. I didn't read the instructions, didn't do the second essay, and lost 20 points off my grade because of it (so I made a 67). :(

So yeah, things haven't been all peaches and cream, lately. I'm sorry I'm behind on work. I'm just a bit sad about the state of things. I'll get over it.



Commission Status: OPEN
- Stacy: Fox Legs (payment received, work begun)
- Krazy: Wolf Partial (deposit received, work begun)
- Brynn: Border Collie Partial (deposit received)
- Flarveon: paws, tail, feet (deposit received, work begun)
- Skeppo: Partial (deposit received)
- Willion: Partial (deposit received)
- Tarena: Wolf and Ocelot half sets (deposit received)
- Supertra: Kangaroo/alien feet (payment received)
- Leanne: Yellow and White Wolf Tail (payment received)
- Jessica: Shiba Inu Tail and Ears (payment received)
- Victor: Black Wolf Tail and Ears (payment received)

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I dunno, I thought I'd make an ask me anything account on formspring. :B

www.formspring.me/jakejynx




Commission Status: OPEN
- Stacy: Fox Legs (payment received, work begun)
- Krazy: Wolf Partial (deposit received, work begun)
- Brynn: Border Collie Partial (deposit received)
- Flarveon: paws, tail, feet (deposit received, work begun)
- Skeppo: Partial (deposit received)
- Willion: Partial (deposit received)
- Gretchen: Purple Wolf Tail (payment received)
- Tarena: Wolf and Ocelot half sets (deposit received)
- Supertra: Kangaroo/alien feet (payment received)
- Leanne: Yellow and White Wolf Tail (payment received)
- Jessica: Shiba Inu Tail and Ears (payment received)


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FWA went well! Aside from suffering from exhaustion the whole time, it was a lot of fun. I definitely learned from this convention that I need to finish all of my work about a week before the con. Pushing myself like that made me miserable during the actual convention, and I wound up getting cranky towards my roomies (which I'm still sorry for, guys! :( ) and being too tired to have much fun in the evenings. I went suiting for about an hour on Saturday night, but that's it. : The good news is that we plan to remake BOTH of our suits for AC, so hopefully when I have a nicer, more updated suit, I'll have more fun when I put it on. The head I have now is so old--I can't breathe out of the darn thing. :P

As far as work is concerned, we got no new fursuit commissions, which is fine. I don't usually get a ton of them. We also hardly sold any of the inventory I'd busted my butt to finish on time. Baww. :( But sometime soon I'll snap a photo of the stuff we have leftover and post it here. It'll all be available on our site's store, so if you're looking for some premade tails or paws, be sure to keep an eye out. :)

The best part of the whole convention is that Louie the Lion sold, and we were able to donate a total of $100 out of pocket to the charity! We also donated a nice tail to the charity auction, but I don't know yet how much it went for, so I'm not sure of the total amount we put into the charity.

As a final note, fursuit commissions are open again, though heads and partials still have a waiting list!




Commission Status: OPEN
- Stacy: Fox Legs (payment received, work begun)
- Krazy: Wolf Partial (deposit received, work begun)
- Brynn: Border Collie Partial (deposit received)
- Flarveon: paws, tail, feet (deposit received, work begun)
- Skeppo: Partial (deposit received)
- Willion: Partial (deposit received)
- Gretchen: Purple Wolf Tail (payment received)
- Tarena: Wolf and Ocelot half sets (deposit received)
- Supertra: Kangaroo/alien feet (payment received)
- Leanne: Yellow and White Wolf Tail (payment received)
- Jessica: Shiba Inu Tail and Ears (payment received)


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FWA is fast approaching! Quaylak and I will be arriving in ATL on Thursday night. At the con, we have a table in the dealer's den at #38, in between  LatinVixen and Ahkahna. Be sure to stop by and say hello if you happen to wander into the den. :D We'll have a ton of art and fursuit pieces premade and ready to sell, and we'll also be taking commissions for them.

We will also have a lion partial for sale, and if he sells at the con, we'll be donating 10% of our profits to the charity, Conservators' Center INC. If you're interested in helping out one of our furry friends, and picking up a premade suit in the process, click here to find out more!

So who else is going to FWA?




Commission Status: CLOSED
- Stacy: Fox Legs (payment received, work begun)
- Krazy: Wolf Partial (deposit received, work begun)
- Brynn: Border Collie Partial (deposit received)
- Flarveon: paws, tail, feet (deposit received, work begun)
- Skeppo: Partial (deposit received)
- Willion: Partial (deposit received)
- Gretchen: Purple Wolf Tail (payment received)
- Tarena: Wolf and Ocelot half sets (deposit received)
- Supertra: Kangaroo/alien feet (payment received)
- Leanne: Yellow and White Wolf Tail (payment received)
- Jessica: Shiba Inu Tail and Ears (payment received)

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