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1st-Jun-2009 10:31 am

Chamberlain (detail)

This is the first in a series of illustrations I'm calling 'Childhood Villains'. I'm aiming to draw 6 fictional characters that used to freak me out when I was a kid, hopefully on a weekly basis (ha!). Maybe they freaked you out too and they'll be able to stir up some long forgotten horrific memories, as is the purpose of all art, clearly.

This is Chamberlain from Jim Henson and Frank Oz's 'The Dark Crystal' (1982), conceptual design by Brian Froud, which is the film I used to watch every Saturday morning on good old video tape, normally after my little sister had gotten up even earlier than me and finished watching 'Labyrinth'. Chamberlain is both the most pathetic and the most scrupulous of all the evil Skeksis. When he is banished from the castle by the new Emperor I remember feeling sorry for him, despite the fact he is a hideous, smirking, lizard-bird monster, but when he tries to befriend the heroic Gelflings in his high pitched, whiny voice ("Me friend, make peeeeace!") he is the creepiest bogeyman a six year old could imagine.

Chamberlain sketches

And if you've never heard of 'The Dark Crystal' then shame on you and here's the trailer, which is over 2 minutes long because it is from the 1980's.

Next week: Venger!

1st-Jun-2009 11:43 am (UTC)
No way! I was just watching clips of that last night on YouTube. Awesome!
1st-Jun-2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
HELL YES. That looks radical. You got his face just right.
The scary scene for me is when the Emperor dies, MAN those things were so NASTY.
1st-Jun-2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
And he crumbles to dust! How did they do that with puppets? I just don't know.
1st-Jun-2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
Puppets?? I thought this was a documentary!
1st-Jun-2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
YES the Skeksis!!! Aaah This is fantastic! you know at the end where they rebond with their good sides, I can never see what they look like!
1st-Jun-2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
Haha, I know what you mean! I think I've figured out where their eyes are, and if I'm right, they're pretty ugly looking too.
1st-Jun-2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
I wonder if they're still making Dark Crystal 2?
I'd Google it... But I can't be bothered!

Nice work.
1st-Jun-2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
This is amazing, the picture and the film. I still have it on VHS! My brother and friends call me gelfling because I look like Jen. I thought the scariest bit was when they get the life sucked out of them and their faces go all sunken and zombie like.
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