UrAnat the cartographer (original mystic) - dark crystal




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.


hand video!


more to come!


sjbonnar posted on 15 January, 2009 - 11:25
I think I love you O_O

Sephirayne posted on 22 January, 2009 - 06:38
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.

kitty posted on 22 January, 2009 - 13:33
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

Monkey posted on 22 January, 2009 - 15:38
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

Defrain posted on 26 January, 2009 - 09:45
old school film , mmmmmmmm escence of girlfling

kilik_hiwatari posted on 31 January, 2009 - 02:53
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* ^^

Fishyfins posted on 18 March, 2009 - 10:44
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

Captain_Marvelous posted on 18 March, 2009 - 10:47
My friend fishyfins is right this is amazing, your doing a really cool cosplay here, and i cant wait to see it finished ^^

Sillabub posted on 18 March, 2009 - 12:18
Bloody hell, that's amazing! I am in awe!

timpey posted on 30 March, 2009 - 22:26
wow just wow this is gonna be epic. its looking absoulotly amazing

stripey_dani posted on 31 March, 2009 - 14:15
OMG! It looks just like him! *spasm*

nanahara posted on 31 March, 2009 - 18:15
this looks epic

Marauchettes posted on 12 May, 2009 - 11:14
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! ^^

xaerael posted on 27 May, 2009 - 22:19
^^^ 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!

Ninodog posted on 28 May, 2009 - 17:55
I wish to see this!!!!! my jaw will be on the floor when I do!

Defrain posted on 29 May, 2009 - 15:17
amazing talent

sjbonnar posted on 29 May, 2009 - 15:36
Holy shit man O_O Pardon my language LOL

Zaiburst posted on 31 May, 2009 - 19:45
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 :)

Shenny posted on 8 June, 2009 - 16:44
This is incredible...

FlyingMammal posted on 23 June, 2009 - 17:07

Demented Kid posted on 23 June, 2009 - 17:11
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~

Sephirayne posted on 23 June, 2009 - 17:26
Holy crap!!! that is looking so awesome. I really can't wait to see this.

kitty posted on 23 June, 2009 - 21:12
Dude, this is seriously amazing! have you ever considerd a career in film/tv/stage work! this is just......woah!

xaerael posted on 23 June, 2009 - 22:00
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.

kitty posted on 24 June, 2009 - 09:00
Nice one!! best of luck to you ^^ (b^x^)b

FairyPorchQueen posted on 24 June, 2009 - 16:24
: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!

SherlockHulmes posted on 25 June, 2009 - 20:13
You are awe inspiring dude. Nothing else to say. Incredible.

Archer posted on 25 June, 2009 - 20:38
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 ^_^

MangaChild posted on 25 June, 2009 - 22:35
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

Sephirayne posted on 3 July, 2009 - 19:30
I'm ssoooooo looking forward to seeing this. I'll so be wanting photos of you.

JakeX posted on 3 July, 2009 - 20:22

Chibi posted on 3 July, 2009 - 20:56
Jesus tapdancing Christ! That's damn impressive O_O

Berserk667 posted on 3 July, 2009 - 21:39
christ this looks amazing. The detail of the costumes is fantastic

Odd-One-Out posted on 8 July, 2009 - 17:09
Big fat thumbs up for this buddy :)

poydo posted on 10 July, 2009 - 21:49
wow that is awesome oh god man crush coming on... lol

FairyPorchQueen posted on 10 July, 2009 - 21:58
wow, wowowowowowoowow i dont know what to say but :O So many picture i will be taking of you!

Alias Cosplay posted on 18 July, 2009 - 19:41
Good luck in finishing this, I look forward to seeing it complete! :)

Adamoluna posted on 18 July, 2009 - 20:30
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.

Toshi-chan posted on 4 August, 2009 - 19:39
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 =]

xaerael posted on 4 August, 2009 - 20:02
^ made me laugh xD

Shenny posted on 5 August, 2009 - 22:05
Oh my. Hands are just omg. :D

Sephirayne posted on 6 August, 2009 - 04:03
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.

k4tt posted on 10 August, 2009 - 19:47
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 ^__^

Lulu Rose posted on 20 August, 2009 - 13:29
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!

Sephirayne posted on 20 August, 2009 - 18:14
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

xaerael posted on 25 August, 2009 - 19:20
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

FairyPorchQueen posted on 18 September, 2009 - 00:12
aww no :( oh its ok its so worth the wait!

yukioto posted on 18 September, 2009 - 15:38
This is stunning work, incredibly inspiring that you've created all this from scratch for cosplay. I'm in awe!

DarkElf posted on 12 October, 2009 - 16:59
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

Kitticus posted on 1 April, 2010 - 10:19
This is just amazing!!. Such awesome work ^^

VeXerLINK posted on 10 May, 2010 - 21:25
Wow, this is amazing, i have to draw this for my art GCSE and i thought that was hard enough! Kudos to you! X

Anonymous posted on 26 August, 2010 - 09:45
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!

Clockwork Dandy Noodles posted on 24 February, 2014 - 04:26
D8 this is amazing!! It looks so real

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Progress Journal

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]


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 &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.


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&#039;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.

20th 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!