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Sovereign of the Rivers by HylianJean Sovereign of the Rivers by HylianJean
Character: Rutela, Queen of the Zoras
From the Nintendo game The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

With the addition of her ruffly pink overskirt and some more airbrushing in time for Sakuracon 2012, Rutela is pretty close to finished. Still a few more things to do (including repairing or remaking one of her fins which was lost and trampled before my hero husband recovered it), but I feel like she's completed enough that I'm happy wearing her for photoshoots at this point.

She is much more comfortable to wear than when I first made her but she does need some more adjustments to make my life easier at conventions. I've been able to wear her ~5-7 hours before I have to get free. She also gives me a lot of extra height. I wear 3 inch platform shoes under the skirts, and the top of her head is at least six inches taller than the top of my head. Kind of fun since I'm only 5'1" to start with!

The costume is entirely my own handiwork, taking approximately 3 months of working most of the day. It debuted unfinished at Sakuracon 2011, and a bit more finished at PAX 2011. I scrupulously referenced her 3D game model, concept art, and appearances in the game to make her as accurate and properly-scaled as possible, given my body shape.

This photo is from Sakuracon 2012 and was taken by Sang Hoon Shin (thank you again!). I use it with permission, and did all of the Photoshop work. Original photo is here (first image in gallery).

Please ask my permission before using this photo in any way. Do let me know if you link to it!

Thanks very much for your views and comments! I appreciate them all! :heart:
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scourge1985 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
my theory is that rutela is link and ruto's daughter, look at her hair fins, obviously a link trait
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Spartan-Muffins Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hello! I was looking through some of your progress photo's and have a couple of questions about how you made the tail. I have looked at other tutorials for carving and sculpting upholstery foam but I was wondering how you first started shaping it. Did you draw out the pattern and shape it with scissors from there or did you do something else? Also what are those black clips you used to attach it to your head sculpt? I ask because I am starting a project soon involving making a prosthetic latex body suit of a Zora and thought you're inventive methods could help :) 
Thanks! 
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
I drew a side image to scale and planned out the sizes of the cross-sections as they descended down the tail, then glued appropriately-sized chunks together and shaped them with scissors. 
The black things aren't clips, they're just pieces of foam-core board glued together over the top of my head toward a plaster piece molded to my forehead.
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Spartan-Muffins Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the speedy reply, that's really helpful! Did you use a certain thickness for the upholstery foam? 
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
Just whatever worked that I had on hand, so, a variety of thicknesses. 
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Spartan-Muffins Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Okay, thank you for all the help.
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Rammleaf Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely amazing!!
Can I ask you, what kind of material did you use for the fins, and where did you get it?
I'm planning on making a zora costume as well (not rutela), and i'm looking for the right materials, can you help me out with this one? Thank you and please keep up the good work, this is fantastic!
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Thank you! I'm happy you think so!

The fins are just a costume fabric from Jo-Anne's. I'm not actually sure what it's called. I do know that it creases very easily and then the creases are almost impossible to remove, so you have to be quite careful with it. 

What sort of zora are you making? I have a variety of zoras I want to make someday too, I just haven't been able to prioritize them over all my other projects.
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Rammleaf Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the info!

I'm making a zora that doesn't really exist in zelda i think haha, more of my own interpetation
a mix between this and that..
purple, white & turkooise :) A head fin like Rutela's, and ears more like Ruto's.. I think I have to get a morphsuit as well haha it's gonna be so much fun to make it! I'll let you know how it turns out, ok? :D
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Please do! :)
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TheDoorWithin Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've seen this picture in so many places, it's famous! And you deserve that fame too! This is amazing, I hope to become as good of a cosplayer as you someday! :)
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
Really? Famous? Where have you seen it? 
Thanks very much! I'm sure not the best cosplayer ever but I try hard. :) Just keep doing what you love!
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TheDoorWithin Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Everytime I google Zelda cosplay yours shows up! ^^

No need to thank me. I think you are amazing at what you do! Will do!
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melodoocosplay Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
i am absolutely stunned by this costume! cosplayers continue to amaze me again and again! 
the fabric textures sit together wonderfully, you are truly beautiful and talented. 
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
oh wow, what a sweet thing to say! Thank you!cute blush 
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jblexery Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
Absolutely stunning~
You have done an amazing job
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Thanks so much!
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Bara-Rose Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
*____* So perfect! I love the details :heart: JSAKSJAKJSASA
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
This makes me smile, thank you. :aww:
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HaruStrawberry Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love you Cosplay *________*
I want to Cosplay Rutela too because she's is my Favourite Character in Zelda *-*
But i'm afraid of her Costume >__<
Your work is so amazing <333
And your my Queen Rutela Hero */////*
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Awww, thank you! Her costume is very complicated but don't be afraid of it! Take it one step at a time. :)
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HaruStrawberry Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aww~ you make me happy *-*

What kind of fabric did you used for her? :o
That's one of my problems xD
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
The bodice and head are stretch fabric. The skirt is polyester shirt and costume fabric.
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Rose-Pastel Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Your cosplay is stunning! I especially love its colors and the great amount of details you put into it.
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Thanks so much!
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Rose-Pastel Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
You are welcome!
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Gariandos Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You know what? If someone were to make a Legend of Zelda movie, they should hire you as the costume designer. :meow:
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Lycrafts Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful! Really nice costume :)
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nokki Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So awesome! I love how you did the mask <3
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Thanks so much! ^_^
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Xaomi Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
this is so epic fell in luv w this!
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Yay! Thank you!
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Adella Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
I just completely lost my mind at this!!!!
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
That is such a huge compliment coming from you! :D Thank you!
I wish my Zoras could be helpful to TZP. You all are doing beautiful work!
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Tarapotamus Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
love love!!!
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Kon27 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Oh my goodness...I absolutely love it when the Zoras get cosplayed, but wow, this is just so fantastic. <3
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IchigoKitty Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Lovely job! I love your choice of materials and your hard work clearly shows
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Thank you so much! I'm an admirer of your cosplay work, too!
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IchigoKitty Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much!
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How can you see? Do the eyes on the costume work like actual eyes? Please explain?
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
I see through them, like sunglasses placed very close to my face.
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Oh ok! Can you make them blink?
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
No, not enough room for a mechanism in there..
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Sorelliena Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow, this is eerie and amazing. I love the eyes! And this photo totally makes it look Twilight-Princess themed
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Thank you! I tried hard to make it so!
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Xiaomei23 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome cosplay!
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LittleGeeky Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Wow this is really beautiful! I never thought I'd see this character cosplayed!
You did such an amazing job!
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Thanks so very much!
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Akarui-Sakura Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
crap, i forgot to ask permission. i'm so sorry about that! D':
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HylianJean Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Haha, well thanks for showing me how you used it at least. ;) Since I can see my watermark you may continue to keep the image in this slideshow. I like that you superimposed cosplayer names on the images! It would be great if all the images were credited like that, and for long enough to read the names. They are excellent photos and I'm sure the cosplayers and viewers would appreciate that info! If you can't edit the video, maybe you could make a list in the video description? :)
Thanks bunches for regarding my costume so highly! :aww:
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