xaerael
 


Costume :UrAnat the cartographer
Variant :original mystic
Source :dark crystal
Progress :In Progress
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2010


Costume Photos

Painted hand and proxy sleeve

hand!

i promise you. this picture will make sense eventually...

left and right hand sculpts

traveler's sandles

hair tones

complete wig.

finished and painted head

sculpt form finished [wip]

maquette- very early stages

ref, model

 


Costume Information

Description
i can remember seeing dark crystal with my grandfather at the cinema in the 80s. there's something that has always enchanted me about the race of the mystics, and how calm and peaceful they are on screen.

i've always wanted to make a creature suit, and with my skills expanding into new fields my creativity is itching to be pushed a little harder now.

my plan is to totally recreate the suit identical in function to the original, built around a controlable frame. materials for the external will include latex, quiltwork, pottery jewelery.... anything that fits the job really!

[update]

changed the character to an OC rather than simply copy one of the onscreen ones. mine will now be one of the missing/deceased mystics that were not present for the great conjunction (storyline leaves the fate of a few mystics/skeksis open)

more background to come!

[update]

character's history has been worked on a bit more! (note, this is fluff fic, and totally unofficial!)

the youngest of the mystics, UrAnat's face and hair have yet to age like the other mystics, although rumour has it that his counterpart SkekTur has been frequently accused by the other skeksis of stealing gelfling essence from SkekTek's laboratory, possibly leading to both their younger apperences.

UrAnat's love of exploration and discovery has led to his nickname "wanderfoot" in the world of Thra. Podlings and Gelflings alike have seen him wandering in strange and often dangerous places in the pursuit of wisdom of the land, and the completion of his maps.

Always seen carrying his precious map tube which contains many tightly rolled pieces of parchment, which he has carefully illuminated on his travels, UrAnat is a mystic who shows the signs of being an explorer. sensible robust clothing, hardy shoes and his trusted walking staff provide the canvas for the many trinkets, charms and artifacts he has found and made on his many long journeys into the unknown reaches of Thra. Also hanging from his waist, you will always find his beloved twin pipe, which he loves to play to many beings he encounters on his travels, civilized and wild alike. it's no myth that he hs taught more than can be counted how to play this instrument, and is considered across the world as it's one true master.

[update]

hand video!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfefTbaXyY4

more to come!

Comments

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I think I love you O_O

by sjbonnar on Thursday, 15 January, 2009 - 12:25
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Such a cool project. I love the Dark Crystal. I can't wait to see more of your progress and then finally the completed costume.

by Sephirayne on Thursday, 22 January, 2009 - 07:38
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OMG!!! i love the dark crystal!! (granted it used tof reak me out when i was little) this is gunna be amazing!!
cant wait ot see it xx

by kitty on Thursday, 22 January, 2009 - 14:33
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Oh wow! I never thought a Dark Crystal cosplay would actually exist! This is totally awesome! I was brought up on this film so it makes me so happy to see it being done! I wish you the best of luck with it! :D

by Monkey on Thursday, 22 January, 2009 - 16:38
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old school film , mmmmmmmm escence of girlfling

by Defrain on Monday, 26 January, 2009 - 10:45
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I can't wait to see the finished costume :D Dark Crystal is one of my favourite movies! *really wants to cosplay one of those rabbit-things now* ^^

by kilik_hiwatari on Saturday, 31 January, 2009 - 03:53
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this must be one of my most fave films of all time ever! i think i nearly had a heart attack when i saw this pop up on the front page! you sir, are a god! only last week i was joking about cosplaying as a landstrider XD

by Fishyfins on Wednesday, 18 March, 2009 - 11:44
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My friend fishyfins is right this is amazing, your doing a really cool cosplay here, and i cant wait to see it finished ^^

by Captain_Marvelous on Wednesday, 18 March, 2009 - 11:47
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Bloody hell, that's amazing! I am in awe!

by Sillabub on Wednesday, 18 March, 2009 - 13:18
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wow just wow this is gonna be epic. its looking absoulotly amazing

by timpey on Monday, 30 March, 2009 - 23:26
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OMG! It looks just like him! *spasm*

by stripey_dani on Tuesday, 31 March, 2009 - 15:15
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this looks epic

by nanahara on Tuesday, 31 March, 2009 - 19:15
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for the hair seeing as it's so bedraggled you could use wool/yarn and with the finest tooth brush you can get, undo all the fibres.
It's what they did for Cats the Musical =3

Brilliant progress so far btw! ^^

by Marauchettes on Tuesday, 12 May, 2009 - 12:14

^^^ i so didn't spot this comment till today! ^^^ i just tried out the wool idea and wow, it's exactly the sort of effect i want, but thought i'd never get.

thank you so much for passing that tidbit on!

by xaerael on Wednesday, 27 May, 2009 - 23:19
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I wish to see this!!!!!
my jaw will be on the floor when I do!

by Ninodog on Thursday, 28 May, 2009 - 18:55
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amazing talent

by Defrain on Friday, 29 May, 2009 - 16:17
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Holy shit man O_O Pardon my language LOL

by sjbonnar on Friday, 29 May, 2009 - 16:36
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this is going to be amazing. Seriously, like I said when I saw this on the forums, you could give jim henson's workshop a run for their money :)

by Zaiburst on Sunday, 31 May, 2009 - 20:45
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This is incredible...

by Shenny on Monday, 8 June, 2009 - 17:44
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incredible!!!!!!!!!!

by FlyingMammal on Tuesday, 23 June, 2009 - 18:07
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Amazing! Just sooo perfect! I want to cosplay Jen now. D: Damn you putting ideas in my head!

Cant wait to see the body work~

by Demented Kid on Tuesday, 23 June, 2009 - 18:11
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Holy crap!!! that is looking so awesome. I really can't wait to see this.

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 23 June, 2009 - 18:26
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Dude, this is seriously amazing!
have you ever considerd a career in film/tv/stage work!
this is just......woah!

by kitty on Tuesday, 23 June, 2009 - 22:12

i'm saving to go to america to study SFX under tom savini ;3

if i can't do that, i'm going to try my luck at millenium FX where all the DR Who props are made.

by xaerael on Tuesday, 23 June, 2009 - 23:00
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Nice one!!
best of luck to you ^^
(b^x^)b

by kitty on Wednesday, 24 June, 2009 - 10:00
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:O *actually close to fainting due to sheer awesomeness*

WOW, this is epic i cant wait to see it in real life! i will be taking lots of pictures of you!

by FairyPorchQueen on Wednesday, 24 June, 2009 - 17:24
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You are awe inspiring dude.

Nothing else to say. Incredible.

by SherlockHulmes on Thursday, 25 June, 2009 - 21:13
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OMG i'm totally guttered i can't make the october expo now, i LOVE dark crystal. This looks fantastic :D Can't wait to see more pics of it ^_^

by Archer on Thursday, 25 June, 2009 - 21:38
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When i first looked i couldn't tell reference from costume

You are crazily talented and i wish you all the best with studying under The Savini

by MangaChild on Thursday, 25 June, 2009 - 23:35
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I'm ssoooooo looking forward to seeing this. I'll so be wanting photos of you.

by Sephirayne on Friday, 3 July, 2009 - 20:30
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NO WAY DUDE!!!

<3 U xDDD

by JakeX on Friday, 3 July, 2009 - 21:22
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Jesus tapdancing Christ!
That's damn impressive O_O

by Chibi on Friday, 3 July, 2009 - 21:56
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christ this looks amazing. The detail of the costumes is fantastic

by Berserk667 on Friday, 3 July, 2009 - 22:39
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Big fat thumbs up for this buddy :)

by Odd-One-Out on Wednesday, 8 July, 2009 - 18:09
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wow
that is awesome
oh god man crush coming on...
lol

by poydo on Friday, 10 July, 2009 - 22:49
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wow, wowowowowowoowow i dont know what to say but :O

So many picture i will be taking of you!

by FairyPorchQueen on Friday, 10 July, 2009 - 22:58
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Good luck in finishing this, I look forward to seeing it complete! :)

by Alias Cosplay on Saturday, 18 July, 2009 - 20:41

oh my, be careful with your back dear! ^^'
Looks fantastic, but no cosplay is worth serious injury! >.<'''
remember to take breaks and stretch your body whenever you feel a little stiff and/or tired.

by Adamoluna on Saturday, 18 July, 2009 - 21:30
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the duc tape, pipe-skeleton picture scares me!!! its like creepy modern art!

i have no doubt though that it will make perfect sense and end up being a stunning cosplay masterpiece =]

by Toshi-chan on Tuesday, 4 August, 2009 - 20:39

^ made me laugh xD

by xaerael on Tuesday, 4 August, 2009 - 21:02
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Oh my. Hands are just omg. :D

by Shenny on Wednesday, 5 August, 2009 - 23:05
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Shame I lost touch with the old BBC FX team otherwise I would so pimping you to them right now.

You, are seriously excellent.

I really am so in awe.

by Sephirayne on Thursday, 6 August, 2009 - 05:03
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Holy *bleep*
That is simple inspiring!!

I think I know what you're planning with that frame ;)

Dark Crystal definitely brings back memories, and I certainly can't wait for the finished cosplay ^__^

by k4tt on Monday, 10 August, 2009 - 20:47
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AHH!
I remember seeing this head at aya in the panel you did. When you said it was going to be on your arm....I had no idea what you were planning. Now seeing that one image of a...duct tape man? with that surrounding cage like thing....I understand! thats a brilliant idea! and keeps it all in proportion!

Amazing mind you have there!

by Lulu Rose on Thursday, 20 August, 2009 - 14:29
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Shame about the switch of dates. I can get it. It will keep us excited and waiting in anticipation.

Looking forward to seeing it whenever it appears.

Great to meet you btw. X

by Sephirayne on Thursday, 20 August, 2009 - 19:14

it's one of those things that i would rather take more time over than rush it out.

there's a lot of props to be made for it yet, the dreamcoat, feet, staff and all the little decorations that will bring him to life. there's just no way i can get all that done for october ;p

by xaerael on Tuesday, 25 August, 2009 - 20:20
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aww no :( oh its ok its so worth the wait!

by FairyPorchQueen on Friday, 18 September, 2009 - 01:12
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This is stunning work, incredibly inspiring that you've created all this from scratch for cosplay. I'm in awe!

by yukioto on Friday, 18 September, 2009 - 16:38
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That's so amazing! I have SO much love for the Dark Crystal (I even have DC tattoo) and what you have done so far is stunning work. I cannot wait to see what this will look like when finished <3

by DarkElf on Monday, 12 October, 2009 - 17:59
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This is just amazing!!. Such awesome work ^^

by Kitticus on Thursday, 1 April, 2010 - 11:19
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Wow, this is amazing, i have to draw this for my art GCSE and i thought that was hard enough! Kudos to you!

X

by VeXerLINK on Monday, 10 May, 2010 - 22:25

This is fantastic, you have taken cosplay to another level! very professional! is the head made completly from clay? wont it be heavy?? looks so awesome!

by on Thursday, 26 August, 2010 - 10:45
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D8 this is amazing!! It looks so real

by Elfsire on Monday, 24 February, 2014 - 05:26
 

To-Do List

Duct tape dummy &quot;in pose&quot;HighComplete
Frame (arms and neck)HighPlanned
HandsMediumIn Progress
FeetMediumPlanned
Dream coatLowPlanned
Body structureLowPlanned
TailLowPlanned
Clothing (shirt and trousers)LowPlanned

Journal

[project on indefinate hold] (Posted 16th May 2010)

i figured i should post about this. due to my injury, it's pretty impossible to do this costume. i'm not scrapping it, as once i'm healed up i'll be able to continue. but for now, it's on an indefinate hold.

sorry to the people who are eagerly awaiting it.

[20th august update] switcharoo (Posted 20th August 2009)

due to unforseen circumstances (ie, a really good skit idea, and the mystic generally taking an obscene length of time to complete) i'm switching mystic and nina's dates.

sorry to anyone who was excited to see it in october!

[05th august update] (Posted 5th August 2009)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfefTbaXyY4

first mystic hand road-test.

this is the only hand which will acually be "controlled" the other 3 are inanimate due to having to use my right arm/hand to control the head.

[29th july update] (Posted 29th July 2009)

trying to make a dummycast of the left hand. pain-arm is causing me a shit-ton of greif tho u.u

[17th july update] (Posted 17th July 2009)

that.... hurt.

(duct tape dummy complete)

[15th July update] (Posted 15th July 2009)

added to-do list, explaination of each point as follows:

Duct tape dummy &quot;in pose&quot;

a dummy of myself in the stance required to wear the suit correctly.

Frame (arms and neck)

plastic tubing (waste pipe) frame which will be responsible for holding each of the four arms (3 fixed, 1 jointed), the neck and the coupling for the tail.

Hands

sculpt-cast-mold 4 hands.

Feet

sculpt-cast-mold 2 feet

Dream coat

multi part quilted blanket type thing they wear on their backs.

Body structure

basic plastazote bodyform for my body to be concealed in, and the clothing to cover

Tail

cloth covered tail, with last part of dreamcoat attached.

Clothing

shirt and trousers to fully cover the costume's inner workings.

[25th june update] (Posted 25th June 2009)

wig complete.

man, that was hard work, but i now know how to weft, stitch, and handle kanekalon hair.

next up: proper neck, then frame.

[20th June update] (Posted 20th June 2009)

all the materials for the hairpiece are now here, hopefully start making the actual thing monday.

excited again!

[12 may. current main project update] (Posted 12th May 2009)

now briareos is finished, this will by default become the top priority project.

(and what a joy making something with no armour is going to be!)

[19th march update] (Posted 19th March 2009)

well, i did the cast today... and it seems to have worked!

started doing a pour of the mould, but as usual, laex drying time is holding me back, haha... might have something to show for my efforts and the total destruction of my sculpt in a day or two...

[18th march update] (Posted 18th March 2009)

so, after a couple of days of sculpting (and a sudden stroke of genius for making a base for the sculpt) the head sculpt is all but complete. i'm probably going to be plastering it sometime this week, and possibly will have a dummyhead sometime next week.

i really shouldn't be doing this yet, but briareos is coming along quickly still, and i don't have the materials yet to complete the witch king.

[22 january update] (Posted 22nd January 2009)

did a little maquette today. looks good, if a little scruffy!

i'm also wondering if i should change my mystic. from what i recall there are several dead mystics that you never see, so the option would be there to totally invent my own...

i've been thinking of something along the lines of a cartographer, or a wanderer.

/muse /muse

[15th january Project start] (Posted 15th January 2009)

righty, since i don't need to do anymore sketchbook work for briareos, my book time is going into this project.

been doing some rough armature sketch designs with some adaptations from the original. rather than having a single spine on the armature i'm thinking of adding two supporting spines which the arms will fit on.

the making of video on the DVD i own is proving invaluable... they don't keep any secrets which is something that happens far too often these days. back in the eighties artists were so much more open about their methods!