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Pepita Inspired Costume by LilleahWest Pepita Inspired Costume by LilleahWest
This is an Alebrije inspired costume, this one is directly inspired by Pepita from the Disney Pixar film Coco. This is meant to partly be a cosplay of Pepita and partly an original design. I am glad I decided not to do a straightforward cosplay of Pepita as it allowed me to pour so much more detail, heart and thought into every stage of building this, this piece is now very personal to me and I simply adore her.

Alebrije are brightly colored and covered in intricate hand painted designs, I tried to capture this with the use of bright printed fur fabrics. I carefully chose my materials so as they would compliment each other and reflect my inspiration source. Of the printed fabrics the spotted legs is the boldest, but my gosh do I love that fabric to death, and I feel the spotty legs nicely balance the intricacy of the face.

As this is going to be a premade to sell (after I wear it to a few events) this uses a resin head base, this one from Stuffed Panda Studios. I set it to fit my glasses, added to the chin shape, added saber fangs and altered the muzzle a bit. I also completely removed the eye area on the blank and cut out the entire red area to make it all mesh so vision is hugely wider (I get panicked by claustrophobia if vision is too limited) I used smaller eyes, and I cut away the sides of the eyebrow ridges as I like to set my eyes angled out slightly so the follow effect is more visible from the sides.

I know there was some concern on if these Alebrije inspired suits I am making would pay proper homage to the Mexican art form, I dearly hope I have proven myself with this first one as I love her to bits <3

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Alebrijes originated with an artist's dream in the 1930's and his creatures were quite lovingly adopted into the Mexican culture as spirit guides. They are traditionally hand crafted of paper mache or wood and covered in intricately painted designs, a lot of care and thought goes into each one. You can read more about Alebrije here en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alebrije
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Luna-The-Fennec Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
really nice!
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DuskanDawn Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Student Photographer
this is so so cool
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Motel-66 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Also hey I hope you don't mind me asking, but what is that dot fur you use called? It looks absolutely perfect for this type of thing and I can't seem to find it anywhere!
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Motel-66 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I should specify, the kind on the thighs that looks like it has lines!
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LilleahWest Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2018
2 tone and 3 tone spike fur is what it is called, both kinds just went out of production recently and are vanishing fast so hurry! (I already cannot get the lavender base with orange and yellow for my hoard fml no where has it)
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Motel-66 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much!! I just ordered several yards of it haha!! Such a shame it's such a cool fur
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Motel-66 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Wow! She looks even more like an Alebrije than she did in the actual movie! I'm so happy somebody made a pepita fursuit and I'm really glad it was you! 💜
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KingGigabyte Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2018  Professional General Artist
This actually turned out better than I thought and I really like this.  This is one of your better suits honestly and the face shape is lovely. I didn't even realize the red spot was mesh either until you mentioned it in the comments. 
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Romethehybrid Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018
Awesome work! Coco inspired me to draw my very own humaniod  alebrije character,Anita Alebrije.
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hedgehominoid Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2018
wow this is lovely!
idk how you did it, but all these patterns and colors actually work really well
love the subtle facial dotting too
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Shinopa Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
haha really starting to get into the whole alebrije thing too. ^^; 

I just love this so much! When were you thinking of selling it? I could advertise at a con depending on when. 
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MidnightXShadows Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2018  Student General Artist
Usually fursuits with more than one pattern turn out looking strange (The acid skunk, acid raccoon and acid wolf fursuits come to mind) but you did an absolutely amazing job with this character!! I love the dotting on the face!
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seasprouting Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this has to be one of my favourites <333
the marigolds in the mane are just such a nice touch
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LilleahWest Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2018
aaaaaa I am glad you noted they were marigolds, I had some generic fluffy yellow fake flowers on hand already but instead of using them I took the extra effort to track down the exact right kind of artificial flowers seeing as how marigolds hold such significance :)
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seasprouting Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it really paid off!! wonderful work as always <333
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Warriorcat101fan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
SO INCREDIBLE!

 so proud to be a part of such a talented fandom <3
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TankaaKumawani Featured By Owner Edited Feb 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It turned out pretty well, I think.

It's interesting how a dream can turn into a major folk art movement.
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RozenC Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My eyes have been blessed *u* I really adore this suit with all the colors and detail. Wonderful job!
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Tochibi Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
AMAZING !!!!
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SchrodingersMeerkat Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a very beautiful character. I've never seen that movie so I have no idea who he/she is but I love the concept. 
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LilleahWest Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2018
It is a WONDERFUL film, a def new favorite.
This is the character i.ebayimg.com/images/i/1628167…
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SchrodingersMeerkat Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Neat!
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IridescentMirage Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous! Not at all my style, but it's easy to see how much time and effort was put into it. :iconclapplz:
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