CanineHybrid is the online username of Michelle "Riley" Carbaugh (born 1990), a native of Colorado, USA. She is an animator who has received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Arts and Animation from the Art Institute of Colorado. Riley is primarily a digital artist and fursuiter/maker with a "canine-hybrid" character, a German Shepherd crossed with a dinosaur.
Riley regularly attends Rocky Mountain Fur Con (RMFC) and most Colorado-based conventions. She first started creating fursuit costumes in 2006 and offers tutorials, progress photos, and advice for beginning fursuit construction on her YouTube channel. Her series of Pokemon creature costumes, including Charizard, Aerodactyl, Leafeon, Shadow Lugia, and Groudon (2007-2011), have competed for awards at various anime conventions.
Riley formally operated as CanineHybrid Creations, which was officially adapted in August 2007 and state registered as a trade name in 2010. The business specialized in a variety of creative services: including design, character artwork, creature costumes, & animation, often hybridizing these artforms together to create unique projects. An online webstore offered a variety of original products intended for incorporating into the construction of creature suits. CanineHybrid Creations has obtained dealer's room space at RMFC each year from 2010-2015.
Unfortunately on April 21, 2015, she lost ownership of CanineHybrid.com to domain hijacking and officially re-branded as Creatureneer, LLC on August 6, 2015. The slogan is "We engineer creatures!" Creatureneer is a small business that specializes in bringing unique characters to life as wearable creature suits for cosplay and performance art. Services include concept design, illustration, sculpting, molding, casting, animatronics, and sewing.
Riley has created several characters that are often associated with her work or identity. The most notable are:
- "Riley" a female German Shepherd Dinosaur, sometimes also seen as a normal G-Shep, who serves as her main fursona.
- "Theod" a male Ruasonid, an original alien species that resembles an anthropomorphic raptor, best known for having a pair of digitigrade stilts created for use in a future fursuit of this character.
- "Sonar" a genderless Dutch Angel Dragon, who is most recognized as an admin and webmaster for the species' community websites. A fursuit has been created of this character.
- "Tusami" a female silver dragon, the character and username of her previous online identity.
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