Kitsune Illusions is creating Fine Art Costumes & Tutorials
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My name is Sarah 'Kyokkou' Wilson, and together with my Biomimetics engineer, David 'Kyousuke' Gordon, we create fine art costumes that push the boundaries of what is capable with realism. Our joint collaborative studio is named Kitsune Illusions, and we live in the wasteland of Midland, TX. Drawing inspiration from the beauty of nature, we strive to create stunning realism and ferocious monstrosities. Our main goals are quality workmanship and breathtaking detail, and we go to incredible lengths to achieve this in our work.



To say I work on these costumes full time is a massive understatement. Building these beasts has become my whole life, and I devote countless hours to innovating my techniques, adding details so fine I doubt anyone but me will ever know they're there, painstakingly researching each species I create, and trying to refine my artistic style to my ideal of perfection. Meanwhile, Kyousuke spends a great deal of his free time helping me research new techniques and materials, mold making and casting to lessen my load, developing designs for advanced costuming tech such as stilts, animatronics, PCM devices, and so much more I can barely keep up! This is in addition to the blood, sweat, and tears that go into simply creating these works of wearable art from liquid plastic, silicone, and sheets of faux fur. Realism doesn't come easy.



On top of all of this, I also make a point to share my knowledge with the world in the form of tutorials. I didn't learn how to build these fantastic creatures all on my own, and I don't see why anyone else should have to either. I consider it a great privilege to be able to inspire fellow artists to try new techniques and materials!



 Patreon offers a unique opportunity for fans to enter our world and help us grow as artists. Pledges help offset some of the time and expenses involved with experimenting and innovating, helps ensure our operating expenses are covered every month, and in general make our lives as artists easier. We share an insider's look with our Patrons to show our gratitude, including in-progress photos we otherwise only show our clients, previews of photos and videos before they're released to the public, and exclusive shots that provide a look behind-the-scenes at how these creatures come to be.



Are you aware of our Indiegogo funded project, Mordrude's Monster Manual? Production on the three costumes from that project -and all of the tutorials that go along with them- is underway! This presents a lucky coincidence for our early patrons: you will get to see all kinds of behind-the-scenes photos, videos, and WIP pages destined for between the covers of our book, as it's being made! We will also send extra goodies along to anyone who contributes to both campaigns.

Please email us directly if this applies to you, so we can keep track of who gets what more easily.
Tiers
Offerings of Rice
$1 or more per month
You receive:
  • Our gratitude and appreciation, and an opportunity to feel like a patron of the arts!
  • An invitation to our client and patron exclusive Telegram group! There, we chat actively, share lots of photos, and offer advice on builds!
  • Previews of photos and videos before they're available publicly
  • Access to Patron-only content!

This helps cover costs for:

  • Burlap for making one mother mold, or
  • Ear core material for one pair of ears
Offerings of Tea
$3 or more per month
You receive:
  • Access to live streaming! Watch us build our illusions, and the early backers will also get to watch Kyokkou make her book tutorials/costumes
  • Previews of photos and videos
  • An invitation to our client and patron exclusive Telegram group!
  • Access to Patron-only content

This helps cover costs for:

  • Half a tube of E6000 glue, or
  • One average acrylic dome for an eye
Offerings of Sake
$5 or more per month
You receive:
  • Exclusive access to mask base presales and preorders
  • Access to live streaming!
  • Previews of photos and videos
  • An invitation to our client and patron exclusive Telegram group! 
  • Access to Patron-only content

This helps cover costs for:

  • One roll of duct tape, or
  • Silicone and starch for one mold
Offerings of Statuary
$10 or more per month
You receive:
  • First dibs on artist-designed costumes for sale
  • Exclusive access to mask base presales and preorders
  • Access to live streaming! 
  • Previews of photos and videos
  • An invitation to our client and patron exclusive Telegram group!
  • Access to Patron-only content

This helps cover costs for:

  • Hardware for one costume (hinge pivots, zipper, elastic, etc), or
  • Silicone and starch for one costume's castings
Offerings of Gold
$25 or more per month
You receive:
  • First opportunity for openings for custom work and artist-designed costumes for sale
  • Access to Gold Level streaming, in addition to regular streams! Watch us experiment with new materials and techniques as well as create our illusions!
  • Exclusive access to mask base presales and preorders
  • Previews of photos and videos
  • An invitation to our client and patron exclusive Telegram group!
  • Access to Patron-only content

This helps cover costs for:

  • Half of one trial size set of a new material to test, or
  • One hour of research and development time
Offerings of Torii
$40 or more per month
You receive:
  • Access to my private Telegram group where we will discuss in real time what we are learning from our SWS courses, in addition to the patron/client only group
  • First opportunity for openings for custom work and artist-designed costumes for sale
  • Access to Gold Level exclusive streaming, in addition to regular streams! 
  • Exclusive access to mask base presales and preorders
  • Previews of photos and videos
  • Access to Patron-only content

This helps cover costs for:
  • One month of Stan Winston Studios courses
Goals
26% complete
Next goal: A trip to the LA area for research at the La Brea museum and a supply run from the LA fashion district! $0/1000

I'm using this goal to track progress on the next big improvement project. There's an endless supply of tools, equipment, classes, and on-location research trips that could help me improve my skills and knowledge base, and your pledges will help me make it happen! Once operating expenses are covered, I will be able to set aside funds that are earmarked for research, development, and study. 
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My name is Sarah 'Kyokkou' Wilson, and together with my Biomimetics engineer, David 'Kyousuke' Gordon, we create fine art costumes that push the boundaries of what is capable with realism. Our joint collaborative studio is named Kitsune Illusions, and we live in the wasteland of Midland, TX. Drawing inspiration from the beauty of nature, we strive to create stunning realism and ferocious monstrosities. Our main goals are quality workmanship and breathtaking detail, and we go to incredible lengths to achieve this in our work.



To say I work on these costumes full time is a massive understatement. Building these beasts has become my whole life, and I devote countless hours to innovating my techniques, adding details so fine I doubt anyone but me will ever know they're there, painstakingly researching each species I create, and trying to refine my artistic style to my ideal of perfection. Meanwhile, Kyousuke spends a great deal of his free time helping me research new techniques and materials, mold making and casting to lessen my load, developing designs for advanced costuming tech such as stilts, animatronics, PCM devices, and so much more I can barely keep up! This is in addition to the blood, sweat, and tears that go into simply creating these works of wearable art from liquid plastic, silicone, and sheets of faux fur. Realism doesn't come easy.



On top of all of this, I also make a point to share my knowledge with the world in the form of tutorials. I didn't learn how to build these fantastic creatures all on my own, and I don't see why anyone else should have to either. I consider it a great privilege to be able to inspire fellow artists to try new techniques and materials!



 Patreon offers a unique opportunity for fans to enter our world and help us grow as artists. Pledges help offset some of the time and expenses involved with experimenting and innovating, helps ensure our operating expenses are covered every month, and in general make our lives as artists easier. We share an insider's look with our Patrons to show our gratitude, including in-progress photos we otherwise only show our clients, previews of photos and videos before they're released to the public, and exclusive shots that provide a look behind-the-scenes at how these creatures come to be.



Are you aware of our Indiegogo funded project, Mordrude's Monster Manual? Production on the three costumes from that project -and all of the tutorials that go along with them- is underway! This presents a lucky coincidence for our early patrons: you will get to see all kinds of behind-the-scenes photos, videos, and WIP pages destined for between the covers of our book, as it's being made! We will also send extra goodies along to anyone who contributes to both campaigns.

Please email us directly if this applies to you, so we can keep track of who gets what more easily.

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Tiers
Offerings of Rice
$1 or more per month
You receive:
  • Our gratitude and appreciation, and an opportunity to feel like a patron of the arts!
  • An invitation to our client and patron exclusive Telegram group! There, we chat actively, share lots of photos, and offer advice on builds!
  • Previews of photos and videos before they're available publicly
  • Access to Patron-only content!

This helps cover costs for:

  • Burlap for making one mother mold, or
  • Ear core material for one pair of ears
Offerings of Tea
$3 or more per month
You receive:
  • Access to live streaming! Watch us build our illusions, and the early backers will also get to watch Kyokkou make her book tutorials/costumes
  • Previews of photos and videos
  • An invitation to our client and patron exclusive Telegram group!
  • Access to Patron-only content

This helps cover costs for:

  • Half a tube of E6000 glue, or
  • One average acrylic dome for an eye
Offerings of Sake
$5 or more per month
You receive:
  • Exclusive access to mask base presales and preorders
  • Access to live streaming!
  • Previews of photos and videos
  • An invitation to our client and patron exclusive Telegram group! 
  • Access to Patron-only content

This helps cover costs for:

  • One roll of duct tape, or
  • Silicone and starch for one mold
Offerings of Statuary
$10 or more per month
You receive:
  • First dibs on artist-designed costumes for sale
  • Exclusive access to mask base presales and preorders
  • Access to live streaming! 
  • Previews of photos and videos
  • An invitation to our client and patron exclusive Telegram group!
  • Access to Patron-only content

This helps cover costs for:

  • Hardware for one costume (hinge pivots, zipper, elastic, etc), or
  • Silicone and starch for one costume's castings
Offerings of Gold
$25 or more per month
You receive:
  • First opportunity for openings for custom work and artist-designed costumes for sale
  • Access to Gold Level streaming, in addition to regular streams! Watch us experiment with new materials and techniques as well as create our illusions!
  • Exclusive access to mask base presales and preorders
  • Previews of photos and videos
  • An invitation to our client and patron exclusive Telegram group!
  • Access to Patron-only content

This helps cover costs for:

  • Half of one trial size set of a new material to test, or
  • One hour of research and development time
Offerings of Torii
$40 or more per month
You receive:
  • Access to my private Telegram group where we will discuss in real time what we are learning from our SWS courses, in addition to the patron/client only group
  • First opportunity for openings for custom work and artist-designed costumes for sale
  • Access to Gold Level exclusive streaming, in addition to regular streams! 
  • Exclusive access to mask base presales and preorders
  • Previews of photos and videos
  • Access to Patron-only content

This helps cover costs for:
  • One month of Stan Winston Studios courses