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Skeksil, the Chamberlain. by Xaerael Skeksil, the Chamberlain. by 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 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  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 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  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 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
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 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is freaking epic. I am sooooo impressed!
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RegineSkrydon Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  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)

~Regine
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barnowlgurl23 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reminds me of something from the labyrinth 
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GuardianOfTheMoon03 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Holy crap. Thats incredible. My mind is blown. Just...wow. I love you.
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:iconjunkjunkie:
JunkJunkie Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  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 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
hhMMMMMMMMMmmmmmm nice? NIIICE? Yes nice...please...pleeeaseee.... :D
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ztenzila Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
reminds me of that character from dark crystal ?
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AmsterdamSpook Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Am speechless. So incredible! An ode to the best movie ever.
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:iconbouberry:
Bouberry Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The Dark Crystal! This is amazing, wow. xD
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Federkiel Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  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 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's fantastic!
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WinsomeLosesome Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow!
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Blackshadowbutterfly Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  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 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Perfect work!
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wisahkecahk Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  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 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  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 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
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 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012   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 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
Oh I wish I could see this in person!! Absolutely amazing!! :omg:
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Rinkusu001 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
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 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Impressive, REALLY impressive :)
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BIGBUBBASSTUFF Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
amazing)
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franxxxholic Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can not believe!! just perfect! one of my favourites films. Itīs a pleasure to see different artist like you.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely amazing!
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JAWolf Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
That ... is stunning! Mmmmyessss!
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WalpurgisAk Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
O_O :la:
Dark crystal is one of my favourite movies of all thime :D
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danaan-dewyk Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
that's freakin' incredible
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Abornoth Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That.... is rather creepy... O.O
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NoraGoodtree Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
EPIC
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:iconredajin:
Redajin Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this brings back memories... :)
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TheRobberBaron Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Skeksis......
:iconmindblownplz:
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Hyades5 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
wow this is fantastic. well done.
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Weavrrcat Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
YES. Oh gosh, this is perfection and I am so very impressed.
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Gazingcosplay Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
i have no words to describe how awesome this is!
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Seiryuu-san Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
WOW!!!! That is just too cool!!! Well done and congrats on the win. :D
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Ki-Plueschie Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
omg greeaaat *_____*
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Masquefaire Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Truly AWESOME! Does anybody but us remember this movie? My sister loved it.
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LittleAngellady Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG This is soooo awesome!!
I love the movie. ^^
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kakkoinaMiHo Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
awesome work..*O*
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exailious Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmmmmm? Hmmmmmmm!!
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Ankh-Feels Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing!!
O.o
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Wilkoak Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations, it's incredible.
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black-snowfalL Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Student Writer
Oh my GOD :heart:
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miamiasma Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think I might sue, 'cause my jaw fell so fast and hit the ground so hard I don't know if I'll ever be able to put it to rights.

On a serious note, amazing. Fantastic. Beautiful. Incredible. I don't know which one to choose, so I'll just throw them all out there.
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Wanderkitsun3 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
really stunning!!! just wow! :wow:
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Flammechant Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow. just wow.
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x-Lilou-chan-x Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
omg i just watched it yesterday ! XDD
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