|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!
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!
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.
more to come!
|Duct tape dummy "in pose"||High||Complete|
|Frame (arms and neck)||High||Planned|
|Clothing (shirt and trousers)||Low||Planned|
[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)
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)
(duct tape dummy complete)
[15th July update] (Posted 15th July 2009)
added to-do list, explaination of each point as follows:
Duct tape dummy "in pose"
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.
sculpt-cast-mold 4 hands.
sculpt-cast-mold 2 feet
multi part quilted blanket type thing they wear on their backs.
basic plastazote bodyform for my body to be concealed in, and the clothing to cover
cloth covered tail, with last part of dreamcoat attached.
shirt and trousers to fully cover the costume's inner workings.
[25th june update] (Posted 25th June 2009)
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.
[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.
[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!