|Lionel Vogt is one of those rare artists who actually makes
money with his art. His unique life-size, and often life-like,
creator creations were a huge hit at the recent DragonCon
convention. Moon_Shadow, our Renderosity Front Page News
contributing reporter, was able to drag Lionel away from his
creative dungeon to answer a few questions, and perhaps get your
creative-juices flowing, so that you too can Make Money with your
What inspired you to create the masks at DragonCon? I started nine months ago to resolve a problem we had run into. I had a friend in need of a fox role-playing mask. We searched for three months for one. Finally, as an act of desperation, I decided to make it for him. We went to a thrift store; picked up stuffed animals; skinned them; and proceeded to make the mask. I worked on it for about a week, then held it in my hands and asked, "Where in the heck did you come from?" I was very nervous about it and gave it to my friend. He was absolutely delighted with it. The next step, if I could make the fox, could I make the lion? The lion took two-and-a-half-weeks. It was a creation I had always wanted. It was like some after school special If he had only tried! It's not just making the masks it's giving people a dream, giving people a piece of themselves. The mask becomes an extension of the person. What do you think the future will hold for your creations? This is all extremely new to me, so I'm still overwhelmed by the response from people who have seen my art. I'm not going to get a swelled head, because I know how quickly things can change. Ultimately, I wait by the phone hoping for a production company like Jim Henson's Creature Factory to give me a call. I honestly don't know if I'm going to make it or not. It has been a whirlwind trying to make rent, but I hope I'm going to [make it]. Stay tuned and keep checking the website for new creations. What sort of magical functions can mere humans do with their masks? Basically the entire idea was to create creatures with realism that was functional. It occurred to me that the masks themselves should no longer be a hindrance, but instead, should be an augmentation. Since I had a serious background in electronics, I decided it would be best to utilize that knowledge to allow people to see the world in different ways. The masks have a certain technological novelty to allow the user to see and hear the world in many ways. The Lion mask has an infrared sensitive camera system, with a fish eye lens (which is a wide-angle lens), that allows you to see clearly. Also, the high-brightness infrared L.E.D.s gives a low-level light vision to about 50 feet.
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We would like to thank Mel Kae [Moon_Shadow] for taking time from her busy schedule to help cover the DragonCon convention.
Hi, I clicked onto this story because I saw the associated picture of what I believed to be someone in a fur suit. I was just curious as to whether or not anybody has actually approached you to craft fur suits. Judging by the photos provided on Renderosity, your work is absolutely stunning. I know of at least 50 people who would be very interested in having something as complex as that to go with their fur suits, whether it be wolves, foxes (of which I know quite a few), or other animals. Your work is extremely cool and so very detailed! Keep up the great work and I hope all pans out for you in the future!
Right now I am doing full fursuit costumes as well, I will try and get some pictures up of the full sabertooth costume up. People interested in getting a mask or costume done can reach me at (solion at comcast dot net) If you havent seen it. take a look at the lion video, that is a full suit. One of he ther things I am working on is a digigrade leg system with some energy return. But time to do R&D is hard when you are trying to make enough money to eat. But the idea is a leg harness based on another I saw that will give you an energyreturn when you step and allow you to spring about in a longer stride. Lionel