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Skeksis court -Color. by smeagolisme Skeksis court -Color. by smeagolisme
At long last, the Skeksis court color version is here!
I am a bit disapointed myself with the way the drapings to the background came up...I expected themt o look more realistic and shady, as to give the whole thing a greater depth...but I simply couldn't manage to get it the right way.
I hope that error is not enough to take the whole picture down...
I still like how the different colors and patterns of each Skeksis garments look...
Well...all said, lets get into it!

Since there will be some more drawings on these guys in the future, this picture is intended to be as well as an exercise in their anatomy and clothing, a small guide to "WHO-IS-WHO" in their court.
Let's get to it!:

To the far left and back, The fat skeksis with the rounded neck frill is SkekAyuk, the Gourmand His face relaxed and with a numbly smile He's likely hungry. The one who is beside him, to the front, and hogging attention by displaying  his luxurious garments is SkekEkt, the ornamentalist. Right behind him we can see a bit of the head of a Skeksis holding a bag full of money. This is SkekShod, the Treasurer (who will hate me for making him so unnoticeable). Beside him, continuing to the right, is SkekSil, the Lord Chamberlain, showing his permanent trademark smirk, and possibly whimpering (when is he not whimpering?).No wonder he's staring at the emperor with such loving eyes, since he desires to be the next in line for this power position.
At the center of the picture, is SkekSo, self-acclaimed as the Great Emperor of the lot. By his side we can see SkekUng, the General and Garthim master, scowling and crossing arms in a fit of anger, which is not unusual in him. Behind him, the one eyed and a- hook for a left hand- SkekNa, the Slave master, grunts at his surroundings...probably trying to figure if any slaves off the picture are not doing their choirs.Even further to the back we see SkekTek, the scientist. He is coldly watching as he tries to figure out what the cammera is while we take the group picture. Strutting to the front to his right, there appears SkekZok, the Ritual Master, his pose and gesture as magnificent and hieratical as he can get it to be. He loves being thought of as a oath-worthy priest. Last but not least (This until you ask the other Skeksis, who consider him a small weakling) There is the multiple glass wearing SkekOk, the scrollkeeper and scribe, his arms full of papers and notes, scrolls and maps. He is trying to hold a quill to denote he's paying attention, but he's likely to fall asleep as soon as the true burocratic work starts.

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed drawing it!


*Disclaimer* All skeksis, personal traits and design belong to Jim Henson , Brian Froud and his team of workers who created them for The Dark Crystal*
I highly reccomend all fantasy movie lovers to watch The Dark Crystal. It is a masterpiece of fantasy!
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So, from what I read, the fancy robes the Skeks obsess over aren't just symbols of their decadence, it's all that's keeping them together. Literally. If the Lord Chamberlain had not been able to return to the palace with the last Gefling, he would have fallen apart from how rotten he had become in his immortality.
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smeagolisme Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
TRUE!
Their clothes and carapaces are partially for maiking them cope with the passing of time.
Most of the time, while skeksis are not still or sleeping (they can indeed undress and wear simply some night gown at those times of scarce movement), they are forced to remain fully dressed during the day, and adorned the way they are, or they would be even more damaged by the exposure of their fragile decaying bodies...the more layers of things between their bodies and the ellements, the better!...think of it as a sort of momification proccess...they have too many years on their backs, and that was possibly destroying them in life. Hence their despair for getting alive to the conjunction,in the hopes of being rejuvenated and healed by it...and of course their obsession with heavy ellaborate clothes!
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The narrator was right, they were prisoners of their own bodies in the end.
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smeagolisme Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
Yes...
Poor guys...
I understand them quite a lot, though they acted in an incredibly cruel way into escaping from decay...
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
They had no moral compass, they were only half of a being. All that malice and motivation is dangerous if not checkered by actual wisdom and restraint and compassion. And likewise the Mystics were helpless to stop them, as they were literally incapable of taking the initiative to stop them or keep their expansion in check, because the Skeksis had those traits.
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smeagolisme Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
I know...
Although -as both a fan and a hobbyist drawing/writing artist- I usually tend to overlap what I feel/think about them and what was told/created originally for them...
Hence my tendency to give the skeksis a certain ability to remember/feel things which are not supposed to fit in their characters (in many of my depictions of them they are actually able to FEEL things that are different of hate and fear, and think of things other than power and destroyal)
Nevertheless I ballance that with the presumption that Mystics would be able to feel the want for drive (though they might not have that drive itself) and things such as annoyance, fear...anything other but inner peace...only in vestigial ways, as much as my "head-canon· skeksis could feel joy or peace at some times, but in a asurfacing manner, and not it's full depth.

Anyways, again, that'sd a very personal view I have on them...I am aware they were meant to be perfect divisions of good/evil, but I rather going with the "mixed up" residual bits idea...
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
And after a thousand years of separation, most of them have probably forgotten ever being part of a creature that held the opposite's traits. And the real shame is seeing the trace remnants of the UrSkeks in both races. The Mystics had reached enlightenment, but lacked the ability or drive to truly share their wisdom, and the Skeksis could still create wonders, the Garthim were breathtaking in certain ways, but used for terrible deeds. Thinking about it in that way, The Dark Crystal has probably one of the most depressing backstories of any fantasy.
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smeagolisme Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
TRUE.
If you think deeply, it is indeed very depressing and sad!
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SpiritBird-250 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing and beautiful, as always. :D
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smeagolisme Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Awwww thank you!
I did not know you hadn't seen it before! :giggle:
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SpiritBird-250 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome.:D (Big Grin) 
Heh, I only just discovered it. I love 'Sil's look of devotion and 'Ung's grumpy expression. Plus, I like 'Ok's panicky countenance. That's actually what I'm like a lot of the time. Giggle 
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smeagolisme Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hihihi...Sil is always trying to prove "just how much he loves the emperor"...and Ung possibly is regarding EXACTLY THAT with that dissaproving, annoyed face.
Ok's "folder and scroll panic" is incredibly fun to look at!
Oh, so you too belong to the "let's run with our arms full of papers" guild?...SISTER! :hug:
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SpiritBird-250 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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queenmoreta Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The amount of detail in this is so very impressive, it makes for such a spectacular image!.

and each Skeksis looks perfect! they each have a very fitting expression and pose, I think SkekEkt is my favorite here, he looks so flamboyant and all "look at me!" Lol!
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smeagolisme Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
I am very proud that you like it so much!
I killed myself detailing, but it was worth it: these guys live and breathe flamboyancy and details! ^^ They wouldn't look right without them!

It flatters me a lot that you think they look like their movie versions! :happycry: I am actually making an attempt at "adopting them" to my style of drawing, but without losing their likenesess and particularities!
Ah, good old SkekEkt. He cannot stop hogging attention! XD He knows himself to be the most "fashionable" amongst his peers, how could he not want to be seen and properly appreciated?...
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queenmoreta Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
heheheh how could he not indeed!. He is the most fashionable of the bunch!

but still, my favorite remains with the Ritual Master :3.
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smeagolisme Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
And knows it! XD...

Ah, good old Zok...He was an interesting face indeed!...Those eyes he had were mesmerizing!
His golden carapace, and his "tired of everything" expression...He was as unique as the others!
Whatever most people would claim about them being a bunch of awful creatures...i always found a strange kind of beauty in all of them. If even a decadent beauty. 

I don't only mean their clothes (which are rich enough as to make any human king or queen die in envy!) but also their twisted and strange bodily forms. Even as a kid  that scene with the undressed Chamberlain let me thinking I didn't hate what i saw. For me, he looked like the combination of a maniraptoran dinosaur, a vulture, adding some mammalian features. Not our obvious and everyday concept of beauty...but not an entire aberration either !...
For me it was an interesting sight. More when It dawned on me that this particular scene was used by Henson cleverly to sell all of us the notion that "There wasn't just a bunch of filling and cables underneath those lumping  robes, but true solid skeksis"
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queenmoreta Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yes! you described them so perfectly!. The typical, gorgeous, marble stoned adonis type characters get so boring and dull at times. :/.

I even have my own character who isn't what I would consider the typical "good looking type" I also looked to the Skeksis as a source of reference as my character has a heavily scarred face and I wanted it to have a disfigured look to it. I absolutely loved the gnarled lumpy looks on the Skeksis face and found them to be an excellent resource to study as they weren't just some flat cgi surface, they were a physical, tangible object.

I also don't remember naked Chamberlain bothering me as a kid, I liked him and felt sorry for him XD.
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weasel-girl Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think SkekShod would be more angry at SkekSil and SkekEkt for pushing him to the back. :XD:
Anyway, I think the background looks fine and I love how all the Skeksis are all gathered for this pic. ^^
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smeagolisme Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Probably, yes! :nod:
SkekShod: "How dare you two! Out of my-...I'm invisible here ,behind- ...MOVE OFF"!...Let me...ungh!...I CAN PAY YOU...UP TO THREE GOLDEN COINS EACH IF YOU MOVE!!!"
SkekEkt: The audience NEEDS to see the details on my garments...OFF WITH YOU!
SkekSil: You are subordinate to ME, gold-biter!...BACK OFF!....*making a small oversweet bow to SkekSo* Mylord...hmmmmmm....

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Thank you!...The background murdered me...then ate me and spat my remains...eeaugh.
It is the harder thing for me, to work the backgrounds properly.
Then...NONE OF THEM WOULD MISS THE CHANCE TO STRUTT BEFORE A CAMMERA IF THEY HAD ONE! I BET ANYTHING ON THAT!!!...
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Micho-Michito Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Student General Artist
me qued apendiente es apelicula, pero se nota el gran esfuerzo y amor por esta, te felicito :clap: esta bien bien bonito :heart:
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smeagolisme Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Gracias Vanessa!
Si que la quiero mucho...creci con ella, asi como con el seņor de los anillos...es solo que la tenia semi olvidada...ni siquiera se por que O.O
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Micho-Michito Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student General Artist
mm!! algunas veces tenemos tantas cosas que ahcer que s enos olvida parte d enuestra inancia, wow!! que dramatica fui ^^; no es que estamos ocupadas simple XDDD
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SorisSquirrel Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Student Writer
I have always wanted to watch The Dark Crystal. After seeing all your Skeksis court pictures, I might have to.
I think the picture is amazing. I love the clothing: the frills and ruffles are wonderful.
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smeagolisme Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
YAY!!!!
I ponder you might like it!
It can be a bitsy slow at times...but if you love fantasy, I think you might like it!
The detail and effort put into it are awesome!!! Jim Henson was a genius...
I wonder what will you think of it all once you've watched it...I am happy to spread the love for this film here and there, since it's kinda forgotten...I hope if even one more person can get to like it...I would feel less lonely!...Well, me and the other bunch of happy fans it has! =)
I also wonder what will you think of them skeksis once you watch the movie...they can be...no, no use on spoiling it for you!...I'll better let you watch it...but since you can like Smeagol, I believe you could get to like them as well! 
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SorisSquirrel Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Student Writer
I have an endless love for edgy, dark, and out right villainous characters.

Smeagol took the cake for a long long long time though. :D More than Darth Vadar and other big baddies I knew of at the time. (I was a little kid then) and that didn't raelly change until LOTR.. and the nazgul.

I like the Inheritance Cycle for the Ra'zac. If you haven't read it I'd say it's not worth the anguish, and if not then just know they're the story's only redeeming quality.

(I'm saying this because I'm under the impression that the Skeksis are not heroic...entirely... if at all?)
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dondena Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing colors!
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smeagolisme Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you DonDena!
It took a lot of hard work, but I'm quite happy with what it looks like!
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Raiderhater1013 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Very well done, love the color and detail here!
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smeagolisme Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you a lot raiderhater!
I tried my best at it!
If it looks good for you, then I feel like I succeeded!!! :clap:
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Raiderhater1013 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
It is amazing, all that detail you got down so well.  Even with such lovely costumes they are still as ugly as anything and you caught that perfectly here!
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ChucklingDevil Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
This is beautiful.
The details in this are immense! I love the colours you've incorporated and the shading you've managed here.
It looks wonderful.
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smeagolisme Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much, MacPhone10!
In fact this drawing is only an A4 sheet...it looks huge because my scanner well...gets the best out of the pictures if I allow it to scan at 200%...so it's twice it's actual size. The funny thing is I get to see details I never noticed I had drawn! XD No joke...
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tarpalsfan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
I had to make Cat' get her butt out of my chair so that I could look at this! 
I read-
There is NOTHING wrong with the drapery!  It looks so darn real, I can tell it is velvet!  I was indeed admiring it when I read what you said.
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The Skeksis look like the charecters they represent-I said before that you have thier likness down pat:clap:  I am glad that you didn't make them look to real-if you had, they might have not stood out against the background.  Here they do.  :nod:
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I hope that everyone who looks at this, looks at the full sized download.  There are some marvelous details that will be missed if they don't.
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The colors are magnificent!  I don't know how you get so much out of your colored pencils!  :clap:  Excellent, my friend. 
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From tarp
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smeagolisme Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
HAHAHAHA POOR CAT!!!
ask her to forgive me for drawing you to the chair...XD and making you tumble her down of it!
REALLY? Nothing? Nothing tra-la-la?...=)
Sorry. Needfull Labyrnth reference...ahem.
I thought it looked quite weird...but if you say you even think it looks like velvet...then it's just old me trying to squeeze things out of proportion and making everything "just as I want it to" which is nearly impossible. (Have you noticed how things are never the same in our imagination as they are in paper? sigh-)
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YEEEAHHHHH I'll still cheer at that comment!!!
That's what I wanted! :dance:
I gave them a half-semi realistic half-cartoony looking appearance so they could stick out more as I wanted them to...
That and the fact that I'm making some strips with them compelled me to get an air of "comic" to them...
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You know what's funnier?
I didn't know I HAD drawn certain details until I saw the bigger version!!! The original is just an A4 sheet!...The scanner took it to a 200% scale and voila!..."when did I draw that lines on this guy's frill here?...uh...and when did I trace those lines on  that other guy's beak there???"
Real story!!!
Half of the things which appear here are at a huge scale compared to the original...and it's funny how it changes with it!
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AWWWW thank you...
I do all I can with them...my dear dear Faber Castells...they may be old and worn but they still do! :nod: Thanks for appreciating the hard work it took making this...
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Send Cat and Don love also...OH! And Dumby. He might fly up here and poke an eye out of me if I don't recall him...AND Rascal...and...were there more?...Hmmmmmmm...CATS?...Bad memory...BAD GIRL!...:o (Eek) 
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tarpalsfan Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
I got after her again. I do get tired of her reading my messages over my shoulder. They are after all, my messages. It is almost like her listening in on a phone conversation-so far she hasn't done that.
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The drapes look real, they look touchable!. You worked to hard on this-you don't like it because your tired of it. (been there often) and yes, I know exactly what you mean-getting that elusive image out of your head and onto paper is almost impossible. I suppose all we can do is our best to get it out of our head. Your drawing is tops, take it from me. :)
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What is the size of A4. I mean by inches. I hear/see that all of the time...but the size still eludes me. I even see it art supply books. I recently recieved a Nasco-dang-for scholastic quality supplies-they are damn expensive!
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Faber Castels are good colored pencils.:nod: They are not as expensive as other brands either.
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Lol! I heard Don' downstairs he was fussing at someone..."DUMBLE!!!!!" A bird was bieng bad!
I was washing dishes, and looking out the kitchen window while doing so. We feed the wild crows. There was some food out for them, there was a family of three crows out on a pinebranch over thier food table. They were mad at something-cawing away! (I couldn't her them-but their postures say it all) Later I looked out at them again-two of them were doing the love dance! LOL! Not mating-more of a greeting. I know this is boring-but I sure love birds-lol!
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WindWo1f Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice! You got a lot of fine details in this.
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smeagolisme Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks Ellie!
I did a big effort into making this all look as good as I could!
It was hard though...so hard by the time I finished it I couldn't even tell anymore if it looked fine, or sucked, or what...
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WindWo1f Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I think it turned out pretty good in the end.
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