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Zora Queen Rutela Unfinished by HylianJean Zora Queen Rutela Unfinished by HylianJean
Edit: Moving to Scrapbook since this is sort of an in-progress photo. Thanks for your kind comments, everyone!

She's not quite finished yet in this photo (missing her airbrushed color-blending, some hair length, and her overskirt) but I had to go ahead and debut her at SakuraCon 2011 and get a few pictures taken.

Here's a photo of her almost completely finished:


Please visit my Cosplay.com gallery for the long description and more work-in-progress pictures of this costume!

Character: Queen Rutela of the Zoras
From The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Photo courtesy of Eric Von Zipper on Flickr.
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PrincessFuckingZelda Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student Photographer
Can you please tell me what materials you used! Im trying to make Prince Ralis and i have no clue how to make the head piece, I would greatly appreciate your help because you are one of the best cosplayers I've seen, just absolutely amazing 
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
I did a big long making-of post on Tumblr, maybe something in there will help? hylianjean.tumblr.com/post/278…
Thanks so much, I'm flattered!
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kh297sora Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
shes awesome i love it is this from the twilight game of the legend of zelda its awesome i love it ^^
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HylianJean Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Thank you! :)
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kh297sora Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
anytime
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GayLordLuvzU Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
i took a lot of pictures of you at sakura con xD
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shadowsfury Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
You are by far the greatest cosplayer I have ever seen :worship:

How heavy was the head tail? It looks rather cumbersome
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
Aw, jeez! Thank you!

The head tail is cumbersome but it is not too heavy. The trick is to make sure it's padded properly inside so that it doesn't put constant pressure on sensitive places around my eyes and temples. Properly padded, and with a little break a couple of times to de-fog my eyes, I was able to wear her for about six or seven hours on Saturday before I got too sore.
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shadowsfury Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
Wow, that's really freaking amazing. I've known plenty of people who did something big like that and gave up half-way into the day because it was just too much to handle. You must have cast some serious creative wizardry to make it work so well. I honestly can't praise it enough!

I really wish I could have seen you in this in person!
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
At PAX I did have to get changed after about four hours because it was so stuffy and crowded in the convention center, and my eyes were fogging up really badly with nothing I could do about it. She's a tough one to wear!
Thanks, your praise is very much appreciated. :)
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shadowsfury Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
The things we do for cosplay lol. And you are very welcome!
Have you thought about maybe putting some holes or something in the eyes? It would let the air escape and give the space between your face and the outside the ability to adjust to the temperature difference, which would reduce the chance of them fogging up.They don't have to be very big either. I'd say two or three in an inconspicuous area about the size of a ball-point pen tip would do the trick. This all depens on what the eyes are made of though.
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
There are pretty generous ventilation gaps all around the eyes, and I cut rice-grain-sized openings in the center of the pupils to let more air between the two plastic layers, which is where the condensation happens. Unfortunately it seems that the only further thing I could do would be to put a hole somewhere in the outer layer over the iris and that would mess up reflection. I might still try it but i am really hesitant to cut into that nice smooth eye :/
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shadowsfury Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
Is the entire head one piece? Try making a practice mask with similar eyes and then test out different types of holes. That way you can mutilate them all you want without worrying about the real costume.
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
The head is all one piece, yes. I do make a lot of test eyes but a test mask would be helpful, if time-consuming to make.

By the way, I hope you know that this photo of her is a year outdated and that she looks much more finished now! I hope to post some nice new pictures of her soon so if you haven't seen any from Sakuracon 2012 please come back and look later! :)
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HarajukuNinja Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
FREAKIN.GORGEOUS. My mind = blown....
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NovaMirage Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, this is amazing, really!
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lucypevensie85 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
Wow!
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Seena-Cha Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
awwww shes so pretty D:
This is sssssooooo awesome <3
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GamegirlTay Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
Oh my goodness, I don't normally like Zora cosplays, but this.... This is simply beautiful and amazing! I'm so envious! You did an amazing job on it! c:
This is BY far the BEST zora cosplay I have ever seen! Gorgeous~! It's so elegant and pretty looking. ^_^
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
What a nice compliment! Thanks very much! :blushes:
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demmonnik Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Its amazing but I would prefer to show my face
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Rutela is one of the few Zoras with reasonably human-scale eyes, but I couldn't afford prescription sclera contact lenses to black my eyes and turn my irises green. So I compromise by only showing the lower half of my face.
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demmonnik Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
I like It anyways, Its one of the bests cosplays I've ever seen, Congratz.
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Thanks, that's nice of you to say. :)
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cremeens100 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Absolutely beautiful job! I love this so much!
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candeldandel Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Ho-lee-crap, this is incredible! I wish I could've seen you in person!
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weeza29745 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Beautiful.
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LittleGeeky Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
W-wow *o* I never though anyone would copslay this amazing character! You look so amazing!
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KeithEKimball Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional Writer
I'm always very impressed by talented costumers and sculptors---it's a lot of effort to make something beautiful and detailed with polygons or drawing, but even more so to make something in 3-D look good and still be functional. Your Queen Rutela is a great piece of work that was well worth the huge effort it must've taken to make. I'm particularly taken with the headress/tail...that must've been uncomfortable to wear!
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
thank you, that's very kind!
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SuperBrownMan Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
You went all out on this. My idea of zora cosplay would be to dump a bucket of water over my head and call it a day.
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AlanNP1104 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Still, it looks pretty good!
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boykingkilla Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Looks good in my opinion. I always did like Zora's. <3
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Thank you. :meow: I always did too!
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waterangel17 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Student General Artist
One of the best zelda cosplays I have ever seen!
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SuzetteRGreinwich Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
I love this pic cos the viewer can see the eyes. And I gotta say, that's a great job on the eye.
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
Thank you! Now if I can just get them to stop fogging up on me.. :XD:
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UNIesque Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011   Digital Artist
I really like the way you did this. While other Rutelas I've seen have been nicely and elaborately detailed, I love how this one is smooth and clean and you can tell what's going on and it's just not cluttered. But it's still very strong and gorgeous. I know it's not finished, but if you can, try to keep it "simply beautiful" if you would. I think it just works wonderfully. :]
Btw, The foam is awesome...xD Kinda makes me want to pinch it~
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
I appreciate this comment a great deal! I think Rutela herself has a clean and elegant design even though it has a lot of detail, so I've tried very hard to reflect that. There are wrinkles I will be trying to fix (dang fabric, losing its stretch!) and various improvements yet to make, but overall I only aim to smooth her out further.
Haha, that foam is squishy and fun. :D I am so glad I learned how to use it because of this costume.
Thanks again!
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akuriko Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
It's... So beautiful! Absolutely breathtaking work on this. Well done!
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
Oh thank you so much! I hope you'll see it when it's completely finished!
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akuriko Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
I'll keep an eye out for it! :3
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ImmortalCosplay Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
We saw this at SC! Too cool :> Wondering what the hair is made out of?
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Good ol' upholstery foam! :)
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ImmortalCosplay Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It looks great :>
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Thank you!
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Desaturateful Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
INcreadible!!!!
Even better than the one on Cosplay.com in the showcase gallery !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:icondesireyouplz: overwhelming!!!!
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