Every spring, SoCalFurs organizes the annual FurBQ. This is a very large gathering and there is no shortage of photos to share with you all.
This is our Contest Winner!!
From the artist, Yeep!:
I chose the mountain lion because of their large presence in California; they're also pretty cool cats. :) I wanted my character to really reflect the laid back California lifestyle; this is shown through his clothing and longboard! I also wanted his color palette to compliment Tamerlaine's. When he isn't DJing, Noah can be found cruising through the city streets on his longboard or enjoying the huge variety of culinary delights (hello, Taiwanese hot pots!) found here.
From the artist, Teskine:
So, Tomas is a California Leaf-Nosed Bat, which is very obviously a species native to California, especially SoCal. Named with a slight Latin flare, as much of SoCal shares, just as much as the species of bat itself which is also common to Mexico. I choose a native bat last-minute after rooting through multiple other species because they're a huge presence in our state, but often overlooked or taken for granted.
Tomas is a very energetic, outdoors-loving type into a large variety of sports. Surfing, hiking, skating, etc. You name it, he's game for it. This is of course because SoCal is almost eternally sunny, so you can enjoy being active year-round. He'd probably give Tamerlaine a run for her money... quite literally. I imagine them having a fairly competitive friendship.
The scene doesn't die down when the sun sets for Tomas, however. Like most residents of SoCal, he enjoys the opportunity for the night life. Whether it be clubbing or moonlit walks (or flits) he's always up to something interesting.
He'd also be able to be drawn with wings on his back alternatively for when it be needed.
From the artist, Read-the-Wind:
Oooh I had so much fun making this!!! His name is Diego Angelo because of the two most iconic cities of SoCal happen to be San Diego and Los Angelos. Also it sounds very suave and sexy! I think having such a name is also a good representation of our SoCal cultural demographics.
Diego likes to do all sorts of outdoor sports! He enjoys mountain climbing (see his little rope?), hiking, surfing, and skateboarding. He works as a life guard and makes sure that people at the beach are having a good time and also staying safe. I wanted him to be part coast and part mountains. I think it's easy to forget that SoCal has a very diverse landscape.
His fur is brown and gray and he has a California star tattoo on his left arm. He enjoys wearing sappy island print shorts and tank tops.
Of course he loves to pa-a-a-a-r-tay! His friends describe him as "one chill dude".
From the Artist. Johnny Foxtails:
This is Jake, the California Opossum.
Athlete: Star in Gymnastics- Uneven Bars/ Tail Hang
- Always wears athletic apparel. Prefers Vibram Five-Finger toe shoes.
- Friend of Tamerlaine at UC Irvine (Irvine being the SoCal furcon location)
- Major in Sports Medicine and currently studying Critter Anatomy
From the artist, Blue Maned Wolf:
My entry for the SoCal Furries male mascot contest! Fun little tips about Clayton, Sabre Tooth Cat is the state fossil, and those orange Poppies are the state flower, but I'm sure you guys already knew that.
He rides a long board to help match his speed against Tamerlaine and her biking habits. Although I'm more than sure he probably can't beat her on the bike trails.
From the artist, BG Arts:
I thought I'd do a desert creature since I'm from there! Also thought I'd give him a skateboard as I always think of Southern California young males on skateboards on their off time.
Ethan is not impressed easily. He's seen it all. He might have done whatever crazy thing that you think is so "extreme!" and lived to tell the tale. Sure, he's had more than his share of broken bones and gotten in trouble more times than he can count, but hell, he had the time of his life doing it.
Picture from background was taken by the dorms of UCR a few years ago by myself.
From the artist:
Miguel is modeled after a California Grizzly Bear.
He is Mexican-American, third generation to live in California, second to be born, his grandparents having been the ones to have immigrated here. He grew really close to both of his grandparents, them being his and his sister's caregivers while his mom worked.
Now, at age 24, of his two, grandparents, only his grandma lives.
He is a college drop out, though he has managed to raise in the ranks in the Carl's Jr. franchise, nonetheless, he is reconsidering going back into school as a business major.
Some of his favorite hobbies include working out, he likes to keep himself in shape, and quite healthy (rather picky with his food, only the finest of salmon for him, or no salmon at all). He is rather extroverted, and much of his friends aren't really friends except for a selected few whom have known him for year (and are the only ones that have really witness him and his love for his grandma). Aside from that, he is a generally caring person to those whom are nice to him, though he is definitely not afraid to pick a fight if you catch him on a bad day.
>Some information on his design.
All of his fur is of the same brown color with some darker fur around the joint areas (as in elbows, shoulders, knees) as well as his neck fluff, and his hair and ears.
He has a lighter color on his muzzle, eyebrows and around his eyes.
His nails are an offset cream white.
His eyes are the same color as his hair.
Upside-down sort of pear shape, not really as curvy. Big beefy arms are a must though. 'Cause... Do U Even Lift Bro?
MUST be plantigrade.
Bio from artist, -Mike-:
I was born in Fountain Valley, California and live in Long Beach, California. Right now I am majoring in Sports Medicine and work as an EMT (Emergency Medical Tech); although I am working and going to school I have time to hang with friends and take an occasional trip to the beach. My favorite beach is Huntington Beach with its amazing pier and delicious restaurants, as well as its usual surfing competition.
Some of my hobbies are Fishing, Swimming, Surfing, Hanging with friends, Reading, and don't forget about napping in the warm sand. Fishing, Swimming, and Surfing has always been with me since I was born with my mom being an expert fisherfur and my father being a champ at Surfing; my love for them just grew throughout the years.
When I was in my teen days I broke my arm from losing control while I was surfing and smashed into a pier's pillar. Ever since then I dedicated myself to learning more about Medicine and felt that sports medicine was a great choice for me. As for EMT, I took a ROP (Regional Occupation Program) in high school and enjoyed interacting with all the people I meet.
I guess I am pretty social and I love the attention I get from it as well. It is always nice to have people around and I'm just happy that people enjoy my company.
I never had any issues with fears, Since I am lucky enough to live in California, the weather here is pretty tame to an extent so I really have nothing to fear physically.