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Labyrinth - Forbidden Forest by Chaotica-I Labyrinth - Forbidden Forest by Chaotica-I
Page for my "Practical Visitor's Guide to the Labyrinth"
Painted in Photoshop CS5, using the film as reference.
About 10 hours of work.
The Labyrinth and it's Characters are © Jim Henson
This guide however belongs to me!!!

Sorry about the copious watermarks. They aren't going anywhere. Don't ask. I am SO proud of this project so far, and would hate to see any part of this turn up somewhere else.

Please note that I don't have time to say "thank you" for every favourite, but I appreciate them all nonetheless! Thank you all for your support!!!


So totally missed my March Break goal of a page a day. Oh well. That's what I get for making plans. I got horribly hung up on one page... "The Cleaners". That page did it's level best to murder my muse. It's mostly finished however, and should be posted soon.

Just another location spread... gotta get the rest of the many Labyrinth locations put together.

:bulletblue: Brownie points to anyone who knows the Poison Pennant reference! Hint... Lester... hmm... had some fun with that one :XD:

Leaf brushes from: [link]§ion=&q=leaf+brush#/d65kze


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A Gallery Folder for all the pages and some more information about this project can be found here: [link]
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
Another exllcent one
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Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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blackberryhunttress Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
OOOh! Info on locations sounds terrific!
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Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Still have quite a few locations to work on...
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blackberryhunttress Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Have you ever found all the extra Jareth faces in the movie? Like how they did the giant stones when he gave Hoggle the peach? They're supposed to be hidden all over the Labyrinth.
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Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
I've found several of them. I think a number were added in digitally for the DVD release of the film (like the one in the tunnel when Hoggle is leading Sarah away from the Cleaners and out into the Garden). They might need a page in the Goblin King Section...
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blackberryhunttress Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
Oooh a Goblin King Section?!! I can't wait for that!!!! And yes, for the watchers of the movie who don't notice the faces I think they would be very helpful.
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Imaginary-Shadow Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
I love all the wonderfultastic work you've put into this amazing project!! I love the detail to which you take it all, it's superb!!!

(Good luck with the remaining ones~ <3)
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Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! All those little details are my favourite part about working on this project :D
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Reymonkey Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011   General Artist
Oh, so very cool! I love all the ideas in this one...
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Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I got some great ideas from the novelization for the film. There was this awesome scene where Sarah grabbed a branch of a tree to climb it, but it broke off in her hands, and the tree crumbled and became bones. The whole forest around her started collapsing into bones... very eerie image! Tried to find a way to work that into this page, but just couldn't make it work. There is some fantastic information to be had in some of the less-read sources :)
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Reymonkey Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011   General Artist
That... is such an incredible image! I guess I need to get my hands on the novelization, because that kind of imagery is just amazing. I can think of a number of reasons they'd leave that off the screen, though. I have the 'Goblins of Labyrinth' book... got any other good resources for me?
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Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
I can understand why they didn't put it in the movie, but it's a fascinating scene in the novel. You can actually read the entire novel online (thankfully! The novel usually sells for $80-100 on eBay! It's a very rare find these days).
Other good resources include the commentary track, an early draft of the script, which can also be found online (it's pre-Terry Jones, so some of the great humour isn't there, but it contains some ideas that were never fully developed in the final script, and some locations and events we never see in the film), there are also two Jim Henson books that I have, that I absolutely adore. One is called "No Strings Attached: Inside Story of Jim Henson's Creature Shop" and the other is "Jim Henson: The Works: The Art, the Magic, the Imagination". Although they only each contain about 10 pages dedicated to the Labyrinth there are some excellent behind the scenes photos and stories. That's actually where I discovered the Storyteller series, as I never saw them on television. There's also the "Return to Labyrinth" series, which I have mixed feelings about.
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Reymonkey Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011   General Artist
Yikes! I definitely don't have that to spend, so I'll need to track down the free E-version.
I think I came across an early version of the script online... but I can imagine Terry Jones did wonders for it, because he's awesome. I'm definitely looking for that kind of inspiration though.
I... actually already own both Jim Henson books you mentioned. I've been a Henson fan pretty much since I can remember. I was lucky enough to see the Storyteller stuff back when it was on TV, but it's been released on DVD now and is well worth buying. What I wish they'd release is 'the Jim Henson Hour' that the Storyteller stuff first appeared on, because there was some other good stuff there too. You can find some of it on youtube though.
I've never read the 'return to Labyrinth' stuff, is that the anime-style comic they released a few years back? I had mixed feelings just looking at the cover of that... and never bought it.
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Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
You won't believe the difference in the original script... so many of my favourite lines aren't there at all, even some characters! There is a really unique twist to Agnes the Junk Lady though, I wish it had been included in the final version! I've seen several pieces of the Jim Henson Hour online, I think my favourite is "Monster Maker". Wish they'd get around to settling the copyright disputes so they could put it out on DVD! Too bad you can't actually get the Storyteller on DVD anymore. I was lucky to find a used copy in my local video store for $10, but still need the Greek Myths DVD (and it usually goes for $60-100 online!).
Yes, "Return to Labyrinth" is the manga that was released as four books over the last few years. There are some things that are still consistent with the feel of the movie, and Jim Henson work in general, but there are so many elements that are VERY anime-feeling. The entire group of antagonists are horrible. I hate all of them. I couldn't engage with the plot at all. Even if you ignore the style, there are just too many things that are out of character with Jim Henson's work. I am glad that I read them, mainly because curiosity would have driven me mad, but I will not include the vast majority of characters and information in my guide.
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Reymonkey Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011   General Artist
I seem to recall some really creepy hints of pedophilia (I mean more than are in the finished movie...), and something about the 'real-world Jareth' coming into her home, being an actor her mother had been on stage with...?

Monster Maker made me cry the first time I saw it. I didn't realize Storyteller isn't available anymore... I got it years back so maybe i caught a narrow window, or maybe it was a used copy... the Greek myths stuff is kind of more depressing... but interesting still.

Sooo... I'm thinking I won't be investing it 'Return to Labyrinth'.
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GeneralCambronne Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
How do you "forbid" a forest?!
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Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
You command that it be off limits. Duh.
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risemboolranger3190 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
Love it!!!!! I always look forward to your updates!
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Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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Yoshimay Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
The Poison Pennant is a reference to the first flag design proposed to Canadian Parliament, which was called the Pearson Pennant and named for Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson.

I didn't even pick up on the fact that it was a reference to anything until I read the description, lol.
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Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
BRAVO!!! :clap::clap::clap:
I didn't think anyone would get it :XD:
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Yoshimay Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
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Canadians FTW!

Oh, and thanks for the llama!
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Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yes indeed! Canadians FTW! :party:

You're welcome! :D
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wario7793 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooh, I can't wait to read your entry on the Cleaners. I thought that was one of the coolest part of the movie :D
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Chaotica-I Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I just hope it won't disappoint you. I REALLY struggled with it. I thought getting a basic sketch would be the hardest part, since you never see the whole thing at once in the film, but that part went together quickly. Once I started painting, it just seemed like it was never going to end... and never, ever going to look anything like I had in mind. Now that I have it more or less finished, I kinda hate it (the page, not the part of the movie lol). I was just afraid that if I didn't finish it, I'd derail the whole project, and I wouldn't want that to happen :)
Long, long, long story short... it should be posted by Saturday at the latest ;P
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wario7793 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I'm not worried about the sketch details, I just would love to see your description on the Cleaners :D

I bet it'll look great :w00t:
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