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Skeksil, the Chamberlain.
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Published: November 2, 2011
© 2011 - 2019 Xaerael
My Skeksis costume.

Multiple techniques used, far too many to mention all.

Head is a silicone skinned animatronic/hand puppet.

This costume won the final for the EuroCosplay 2011 Championships.

Photo by Dan "Bento-Dan" Hardwick.
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SkekLa's avatar
SkekLa|Professional General Artist
I know it's been a long time since you did this costume, but I had been in awe of how amazing it went since then! ^^
I just didn't know you had a D.A. account! happy to have found it! :handshake: it's good to see not only another Dark Crystal fan, but one who managed to recreate SkekSil so cleverly and with such level of skills! ^^
Brilliant work! 
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Cathats's avatar
Cathats|Professional Digital Artist
Well done -  

is it as difficult to wear for long periods of time (arm fatigue & awkward position)  as the original designs were?  Or were you able to make improvements for practicality and long wear?
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Xaerael's avatar
It was a nightmare to wear, and could only be fully worn in bursts of about 5-10 mins. The second time I wore it, I'd actually spent the previous 5 months doing upper body endurance training specifically for the rewear.
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BurgundyPhoenix's avatar
BurgundyPhoenix|Professional General Artist
This is freaking epic. I am sooooo impressed!
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RegineSkrydon's avatar
RegineSkrydon|Hobbyist General Artist
This is AMAZING!!!!

I'm working on making a puppet style mask for my red dragon costume. I came across your anthro puppet and I'm flabbergasted!

If you have any tips, suggestions, or links to tutorials or references that were helpful for you, I'd be ever grateful for your help :) (Smile)

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barnowlgurl23's avatar
barnowlgurl23|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reminds me of something from the labyrinth 
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GuardianOfTheMoon03's avatar
Holy crap. Thats incredible. My mind is blown. Just...wow. I love you.
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JunkJunkie's avatar
JunkJunkie|Hobbyist General Artist
I love this so much! It's like taking cosplay to the next level and becoming a recreator.
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B-Studios's avatar
B-Studios|Professional General Artist
hhMMMMMMMMMmmmmmm nice? NIIICE? Yes nice...please...pleeeaseee.... :D
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ztenzila's avatar
reminds me of that character from dark crystal ?
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AmsterdamSpook's avatar
Am speechless. So incredible! An ode to the best movie ever.
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Bouberry|Hobbyist General Artist
The Dark Crystal! This is amazing, wow. xD
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Federkiel's avatar
Federkiel|Professional Artisan Crafter
Ohhhh god! This is amazing and wonderful and... and.. ohhh just. so. great.

It's so wonderful to see such an amazing costume of one of my favorit movie and it's even more wonderful to read that it won a major championship!

I don't know where to start! There is so much to see and to love about it! The fabric! Alone the colour and structure is wonderful but then it fells so nicely and GOD I LOVE the subtile weathering job on it! It make it feel so...right.
And then the figure itself! The belly and the shield on the back! It's just right and.. the head! It looks just amazingly detailed and painted. And.. and it has some fuzzy hair on the back!
And all the other little deatils! The irregular teeth! The dirty lace on the wrist cuffs! The brooche and the chains on the west!

Gosh, I can't stop looking and swoon over this. I'm so sorry. (noactualyi'mnotsorry)
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Beadazzlebyjill|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's fantastic!
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Blackshadowbutterfly|Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, this thing is incrediable, I mean I'm speechless. No words can say just how kickass this is! I could to see you at like all conventions forever!
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SkaldaD|Professional Artisan Crafter
Perfect work!
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wisahkecahk|Hobbyist General Artist
an amazing piece of work....!!!!holy...!just like the dark crystal movie!!!!!!your months of hard work and efforts really shine through!!!!instant favorite!!!!
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Roracosplay|Professional Artisan Crafter
This is amazing! I have allways loved Dark Chrystal, and I was thrilled to see any cosplay from it. :)
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HylianJean's avatar
I'm so happy to see this done, and done so well. You really got his face right, which is a difficult thing to do when a character is so familiar. Thank you.
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apple-kitty| Traditional Artist
I can only imagine it would take a loan to cover the costs of this as a commision! Tis so lifelike!
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Rinkusu001|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh I wish I could see this in person!! Absolutely amazing!! :omg:
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Rinkusu001|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It would have been a crime if you hadn't one for this. This is one of the greatest cosplays I have ever seen. Well done! :clap:
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FraterSINISTER's avatar
Impressive, REALLY impressive :)
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