Well, the Captain's finally grown some hair and I recently finished grooming his massive pythons. I have to say, the fake bear hair that we're using is simply amazing. Here's some shots of how the pattern was made for cutting the hair. It comes in huge, expensive rolls that resemble a rectangular bear skin rug:
This will be similar to the viewer vantage point as he will stand over 8 feet tall:
As with many illustration methods, sometimes the stages in between start and finish aren't always the prettiest. The chest and arms here are no exception. Here's a couple shots of the arms before attaching hands and fur. The skinning was done by taking paper towels that had been submerged in dyed latex and wrapping them over the foam sculpture. The chest does look comically small compared to the arms at this point; however, the chest only serves as an armature because it will be entirely covered by his costume.