UrAnat the cartographer
dark crystal

Cosplayer: xaerael

Variant: original mystic

Status: In Progress

Condition: Not Set

16th May 2010: [project on indefinate hold] 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 2009: [20th august update] switcharoo 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!

5th August 2009: [05th august update] 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 2009: [29th july update] trying to make a dummycast of the left hand. pain-arm is causing me a shit-ton of greif tho u.u

17th July 2009: [17th july update] that.... hurt.

(duct tape dummy complete)

15th July 2009: [15th July update] 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

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


cloth covered tail, with last part of dreamcoat attached.


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

25th June 2009: [25th june update] 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.

21st June 2009: [20th June update] all the materials for the hairpiece are now here, hopefully start making the actual thing monday.

excited again!

12th May 2009: [12 may. current main project update] 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 2009: [19th march update] 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 2009: [18th march update] 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.

22nd January 2009: [22 january update] 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 2009: [15th january Project start] 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!

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sjbonnar - 15th January 2009
I think I love you O_O

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Sephirayne - 22nd January 2009
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.

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kitty - 22nd January 2009
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

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Monkey - 22nd January 2009
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

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Defrain - 26th January 2009
old school film , mmmmmmmm escence of girlfling

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Anonymous - 31st January 2009
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* ^^

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Fishyfins - 18th March 2009
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

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Captain_Marvelous - 18th March 2009
My friend fishyfins is right this is amazing, your doing a really cool cosplay here, and i cant wait to see it finished ^^

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Sillabub - 18th March 2009
Bloody hell, that's amazing! I am in awe!

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timpey - 31st March 2009
wow just wow this is gonna be epic. its looking absoulotly amazing

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stripey_dani - 31st March 2009
OMG! It looks just like him! *spasm*

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nanahara - 31st March 2009
this looks epic

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Anonymous - 12th May 2009
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! ^^

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xaerael - 28th May 2009
^^^ 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!

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Ninodog - 28th May 2009
I wish to see this!!!!!
my jaw will be on the floor when I do!

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Defrain - 29th May 2009
amazing talent

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sjbonnar - 29th May 2009
Holy shit man O_O Pardon my language LOL

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Zaiburst - 31st May 2009
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 :)

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Shenny - 8th June 2009
This is incredible...

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Anonymous - 23rd June 2009
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~

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Sephirayne - 23rd June 2009
Holy crap!!! that is looking so awesome. I really can't wait to see this.

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kitty - 23rd June 2009
Dude, this is seriously amazing!
have you ever considerd a career in film/tv/stage work!
this is just......woah!

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xaerael - 24th June 2009
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.

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kitty - 24th June 2009
Nice one!!
best of luck to you ^^

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FairyPorchQueen - 24th June 2009
: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!

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SherlockHulmes - 25th June 2009
You are awe inspiring dude.

Nothing else to say. Incredible.

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Archer - 25th June 2009
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 ^_^

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MangaChild - 26th June 2009
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

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Sephirayne - 3rd July 2009
I'm ssoooooo looking forward to seeing this. I'll so be wanting photos of you.

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JakeX - 3rd July 2009

<3 U xDDD

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Chibi - 3rd July 2009
Jesus tapdancing Christ!
That's damn impressive O_O

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Berserk667 - 3rd July 2009
christ this looks amazing. The detail of the costumes is fantastic

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Odd-One-Out - 8th July 2009
Big fat thumbs up for this buddy :)

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Anonymous - 10th July 2009
that is awesome
oh god man crush coming on...

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FairyPorchQueen - 10th July 2009
wow, wowowowowowoowow i dont know what to say but :O

So many picture i will be taking of you!

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Alias Cosplay - 18th July 2009
Good luck in finishing this, I look forward to seeing it complete! :)

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Adamoluna - 18th July 2009
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.

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Toshi-chan - 4th August 2009
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 =]

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xaerael - 4th August 2009
^ made me laugh xD

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Shenny - 6th August 2009
Oh my. Hands are just omg. :D

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Sephirayne - 6th August 2009
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.

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k4tt - 10th August 2009
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 ^__^

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Lulu Rose - 20th August 2009
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!

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Sephirayne - 20th August 2009
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

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xaerael - 25th August 2009
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

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FairyPorchQueen - 18th September 2009
aww no :( oh its ok its so worth the wait!

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yukioto - 18th September 2009
This is stunning work, incredibly inspiring that you've created all this from scratch for cosplay. I'm in awe!

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DarkElf - 12th October 2009
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

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Kitticus - 1st April 2010
This is just amazing!!. Such awesome work ^^

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VeXerLINK - 10th May 2010
Wow, this is amazing, i have to draw this for my art GCSE and i thought that was hard enough! Kudos to you!


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Anonymous - 26th August 2010
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!

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Clockwork Dandy Noodles - 24th February 2014
D8 this is amazing!! It looks so real