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Work in Progress: Skeksis costume

Discussion in 'Fantasy Worlds' started by Alberic, Apr 29, 2007.

  1. Alberic

    Alberic New Member

    Hi everyone, this is my first post on this forum. A person on a different forum referred me to this place, so here I am...

    Hi I'm Bart, 21 years old (for about another week) and I'm from the Netherlands.
    A week ago I went to the Elf Fantasy Fair here in Holland and without any expectations entered the costume contest.
    To my surprise I won. That motivated me to outdo myself for next year, so I took up the unholy plan to go as a Skeksis from The Dark Crystal next year.
    Today I started sculpting the head of SkekSil the chamberlain. I only had enough plasticine to block out some general shapes...
    http://i14.tinypic.com/6byh4ra.jpg
    http://i13.tinypic.com/4pkohud.jpg
    When the head's finished I'm planning on making a plaster mold, so I can cast a latex mask. Then I'll place that over a fiberglass skull I also have to make.
    The head (or indeed the entire suit) will contain no animatronics, both because I have no idea how to do that, and also because of the added cost.
    I'll also be making a frame that can be placed on my body (from either pvc piping or if that's not sturdy enough, copper), so I'll have a more Skeksis shape. Overtop this I'll make the fabric part of the costume and the fiberglass carapace.
    (see ugly MS Paint drawing)
    http://i18.tinypic.com/6bks4z4.jpg
    Some problems I foresee:
    -holding the head over my head will start to hurt my arms after a minute or two, but attching the head to the frame will make it look too static.
    -The weight and size of the completed costume
    -visibility from inside the costume
    -general ineptness on my part :confused:
    I'll keep updating here as the project progresses.
    Any feedback and suggestions you have would be very welcome.
  2. Bear Man

    Bear Man Member

    Have you considered attaching the head to the frame with a slightly flexible plastic? That way, when you take a step it should "bob" slightly and look les static. It shouldn't be too difficult to leave a path to the back of the head open as well so that you can put your hand into it and perform it when necessary.

    Hmm, just re-read that and realised it could sound confusing - hope it makes sense!
  3. Alberic

    Alberic New Member

    It does Bear Man, thanks. :D
    I'll have to find the right kind of spring or rod, so he doesn't look like he's having a continuous seizure. ;)

    I wasn't happy with the proportions of the face, so I started over. This time it turned out somewhat better. It's still nowhere near finished though, and I still haven't gotten the chance to buy some more plasticine.
    http://i13.tinypic.com/67x5jpj.jpg http://i19.tinypic.com/67ydwf6.jpg
  4. Alberic

    Alberic New Member

    At the risk of being the only person to post in this thread...

    The head sculpt is nearing completion. Overall it's not too bad, however, it just doesn't look like SkekSil. (well, he's recognisable, but as soon as you compare it to the real thing you see all kinds of flaws)
    The 'snout' is too long and thin and the brow is a lit low.
    Now I'm faced with the age old dilemma of laziness... start over or keep it as it is :p
    The picture isn't of very good quality, I took it with my mobile phone, most of the detail isn't visible too well...
    http://i2.tinypic.com/530fok0.jpg

    EDIT: Yes, I know it's only an amateur level contest, but I'm not makign the costume to win the contest, but because I love the Skeksis, so I want it to look right...
  5. Davina

    Davina Member

    i have to say, it looks like you're certainly off to a great start....

    and if it's not 100% spot perfect.. well, i doubt too many people would complain.. it's definately identifiable as a skesis, and it is an "amature level" costume competition after all.. :)
  6. wes

    wes Active Member

    Wow that's awesome! Is it actually going to be a puppet or just a costume?
  7. Teenager's

    Teenager's Member

    Thats Great! You've done a Really Good job with that head....Can we see the costume you won with?
  8. crazed gonzo fa

    crazed gonzo fa Active Member

    That's pretty darn awesome! Thanks for sharing this. I'm hopping to make a Man-Thing costume.
  9. edible eye

    edible eye New Member

    Can't wait to see it finished! Do you have a larger image of your icon to share?
  10. Fuzzhead

    Fuzzhead New Member

    I think the head sculpt looks real good so far.
  11. Phloyd456

    Phloyd456 New Member

    Wow that looks awesome.... I want one, lol. Keep up the good work.
  12. Alberic

    Alberic New Member

    Thanks for the comments... the head is nearly done now :)

    Not a very big one, or a very good one, but until I can find my camera, it's the only one I've got...
    Made this about 2 years ago.
    http://i14.tinypic.com/4l5ufxs.jpg
    http://i13.tinypic.com/4tqefjo.jpg
  13. Alberic

    Alberic New Member

    Yay, finished sculpting the head.
    The major problem I have with it is that it's too elongated, it seems stretched horizontally, but overall I'm satisfied.
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  14. Davina

    Davina Member

    wow, that's amazing
  15. crazed gonzo fa

    crazed gonzo fa Active Member

    Awesome job! Where do you get latex and fiberglass?
  16. maniacal muppet

    maniacal muppet Active Member

    Awesome job. Is this the first Muppet-related thing that you've built?
  17. LORDCHAMBERLAIN

    LORDCHAMBERLAIN New Member

    I Would Love To See A Costume Like That! Maybe You Could Fashion Some Pvc Piping That Would Fit (over 1/2 Your Chest Then The Other 1/2 Over Your Back) Attached To The Headpiece To Take The Weight Off Your Arms (ie: Carrying The Weight On Your Shoulders Like The Guys In The Movie Did. Looks Like You've Got A Good Start There. Good Luck!
  18. scottishpiggy

    scottishpiggy Member

    OMG it is ALL so amazing- im an artist, well, animator- and im always trying to reproduce little ornaments and I can never get it right....im v jealous....you ever thought about making some stuff to sell?
  19. Alberic

    Alberic New Member

    Thanks for all the compliments :)

    And yes Maniacal Muppet, this is the first Muppet-related thing I've done (or actually am still doing)

    Had enough time to continue working on the Skeksis for the first time in months.

    Made a 2 piece mold (have a picture on my phone, but can't find the cable)
    Because the two pieces didn't fit together perfectly, I closed up the gaps in the seam with some more plaster.
    I poured latex in and slushed it around until a sufficient thickness was reached, poured it out and filled the mold with the skin up with PU foam.
    After demolding, the result looked something like this:
    http://i18.tinypic.com/6c6j4b4.jpg
    Now to paint it, and to get the eyes in.

    Hmm, I don;t think selling it would be all that legal Scottishpiggy, what with the copyright not belonging to me...
    And anyway, the mold cracked on too many places to repair nicely when I took out the head.
  20. kuzeh

    kuzeh Member

    WOW! That is awesome!


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