Sketch McDraw

Costume :Cloud Strife
Variant :Dissida Version
Source :Final Fantasy VII
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo October 2011

Costume Photos

The Warriors Assemble

Fight On!

In search of the Man in Black


Looking to the Skies

Cloud and Tifa

Cosplay Portrait Event Photography Booth

Cosplay Portrait Event Photography Booth

The Debut at Expo! XD

Back of Braces with sword magnet

Belt Detail

Finished Paldron


Costume Information

Cost : Around £80
Awards : Runner Up in the NEO Cosplay Idol 2011 Award (Was featured in their magazine and 2012 Cosplay Calendar)
Time Taken : 2 Months

I made this Costume for a Dissidia Group Cosplay with memeber sof the Facebook Group, the 'Final Fantasy Round-Up', to partake in the Sunday Masquerade at the October London MCM Expo 2011.

This is rundown of the Costume:

The Armour:
Pauldron - I made the main body from EVA Foam, and then used 5mm thick Craft Foam for the rest of it. The bolts are made from Plastic Water Tank attachments, then i glued some strips of velco underneath it to attach it to the Braces/Straps

Gauntlet - The gauntlet is made from a cut down Pringles tube with layers of 5mm Craft Foam to build up the shape and detail, and then used real bolts and washers.

The Wig:
The wig was given to me, and then my amazing friend styled it for me as i cant style the things to save my life! lol

The Costume:
The Braces/Straps - Were made from a high quality pleather made to look aged and worn in, with crocodile clips to attach it to the top of the trousers.
The 'Magnet' on the back was made from a circular piece of EVA Foam and the for the raised detail i used more of the 5mm Craft Foam.

The Belt - Was also made using the same pleather as the straps, whilst the silver belt strip was made using a black leather belt sprayed silver. The Shinra Logo belt buckle was backed onto some thick card and was attached to the belt with velco.

The Gloves - The Black glove was a fitted glove bought from womens section at Tescos n i removed the big 'manly' bow that was sewn onto it, whilst the brown fingerless gloves i made from scratch.

The Boots - The Boots and the Coverings were from my Zack Fair Coaplay.

The Top - I bought it from Primark and cut the sleeves off.

The Trousers - Again these were from my Zack Fair Cosplay.


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Also can't wait to see this . We are doing. Dissidea group and could do with a cloud for some pics !

by Tedward on Wednesday, 7 September, 2011 - 22:57
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Yeah sure thing dude! :)
Are you part of a facebook group called The Final Fantasy Round-up by anychance?
we got a huge Dissidia group going n we got all but 3 characters, are any of your lot going as Garland, Ex Death n Shantoto? :)

by Sketch McDraw on Thursday, 8 September, 2011 - 14:52
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We know . Shame about the 3 . But yeah we are part of that round up . Will be nice to meet you sir.

by Tedward on Thursday, 8 September, 2011 - 20:15
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Im really looking forward to getting all the dissidia lot together, its gonna be EPIC! :D

by Sketch McDraw on Thursday, 8 September, 2011 - 23:23
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The glove and gauntlet look very cool

by j_mercuryuk on Wednesday, 5 October, 2011 - 08:20
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Looking awesome!

by Manticore on Wednesday, 5 October, 2011 - 11:14
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wow!! realy nice work!

by Kyuipo on Monday, 10 October, 2011 - 01:38
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It's all looking really good. Good work. Can't wait to see it all finished ;)

by Kata-san on Monday, 10 October, 2011 - 01:56
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This is looking so epic. Love the shape to the pauldron. How did you manage to get such a great curve to it?

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 12 October, 2011 - 16:37
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The main body of the paldron is made from EVA foam (the darker coloured one) you can put it in the oven n heat it up n then bend it n hold it into the shape/position you want until its cooled down then it maintians that sape, though to get to bend/tighter i cut a few thin slices out of it n then pushed n glue gunned the edges together, then i covered the joins up with micro tape as its a thin fabric like tape n will let me cover it in watered down pva glue when sealing the foam.
The rest of it is made from 5mm thick craft foam doubled upn just bent into shape n glue gunned on, then the beading /trimming is just thin strips of the same craft foam n thhen went around with the same tape to cover up all the join lines from the different layers of foam.

by Sketch McDraw on Wednesday, 12 October, 2011 - 19:37
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This is looking fantastic, such great shapes and detail!

by messengercat on Thursday, 13 October, 2011 - 13:18
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Thanks for the input. Must try out this eva foam stuff. It does sound good. I use Cintra for my armour but it is getting expensive to ship. So looking for alternatives. I love what you have done with your Cloud pauldron. Can't wait to see it in person.

by Sephirayne on Friday, 14 October, 2011 - 20:28
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My mate gave me a coule of sheets of the stuff, i'll find out what website he got it from n i'll let you know as it was like 10 sheets for £20 n their pretty big.

by Sketch McDraw on Saturday, 15 October, 2011 - 01:53
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Awesome. Thank you.

Btw, the finished pieces look amazing. Well done.

by Sephirayne on Saturday, 15 October, 2011 - 15:21
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Good grief, that armour is phenomenal! Fantastic work!

by tripletriad on Saturday, 15 October, 2011 - 19:35
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It is just fantastic. Its hard to keep up with him on this. ;_; Husband why you do this? lol

by Manticore on Saturday, 15 October, 2011 - 23:13
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God, this special armed glove is cool

by Elle on Monday, 17 October, 2011 - 08:30

That gauntlet is fantastic. I love how you used the waste tank attachments for the screw/bolt details, it's good thinking and the result is excellent. I'd wish you luck with the rest of the costume, but I don't think you're going to need it! All very promising.

by birds-hate-flying on Monday, 17 October, 2011 - 09:46
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This will be epic :D

by MangaChild on Monday, 17 October, 2011 - 18:45
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This looks amazing! It's so useful watching the work in progress. I'm picking up lots of tips and ideas.

by Nomes on Wednesday, 19 October, 2011 - 18:56
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How did you do the belt?

by Nomes on Sunday, 23 October, 2011 - 13:23
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looks great so far!

by Leolarua on Sunday, 23 October, 2011 - 18:41
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Fantastic work on the armour, sword and leather pieces, they're spot-on and beautifully made. I was impressed with the entire costume at Expo!

by Angelphie on Monday, 31 October, 2011 - 22:10
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Thank you! Im actually really happy with how the armour came out, particularly the pauldron as it was alot more detailed than my Zack Fair pauldrons and how i managed to get the bolts to look right.

by Sketch McDraw on Tuesday, 1 November, 2011 - 02:57
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Like I said on Saturday, this is a stunning piece of work. No matter what you sat, the stitching looks perfect. All your lines are so clean.

by Nomes on Tuesday, 1 November, 2011 - 08:44
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Wow...this is Amazing Cloud, it looks fantastic. I love everything about it, especially the armour and the belt/braces. It's just so clean, detailed and realistic.

by j_mercuryuk on Tuesday, 1 November, 2011 - 09:43
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Sewing Machine for all the visible stitch lines, and then tones of supper glue to stick it all together!! lol

by Sketch McDraw on Tuesday, 1 November, 2011 - 11:34

Amazing wig!

by Donna on Tuesday, 1 November, 2011 - 11:57
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My friend styled it for me, she did an amazing job! :D

by Sketch McDraw on Tuesday, 1 November, 2011 - 12:10
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This looked so fantastic, particularly all the details on things like the pauldron, it's all very crisp and neat.

by messengercat on Tuesday, 1 November, 2011 - 15:03
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Indeed- the Best Cloud I have ever seen. Kyle even does a awesome job owning the AC Clouds as well.

Again I've seen all the work up close and at hand, and the craftsmanship on the armour and belt work is beautiful. I can't get enough of it Cosband.

by Manticore on Thursday, 3 November, 2011 - 11:04
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And if you look carefully on the detail at the back of the bracer- the circular section that joins the bracer into a Y has extrusions and little indents. Same thing with the Bustersword. Such beautiful. Craftsmanship in the handle, the tang, and the blade itself

by Manticore on Thursday, 3 November, 2011 - 11:06

...yeah you totally didn't need luck: this is all pure, deliberate, skill. Really impressed with this costume. Your fine craftsmanship and attention to detail is obvious throughout. Excellent.

by birds-hate-flying on Thursday, 3 November, 2011 - 12:32

This looked fantastic! You did an amazing job ^^

by Creative-Stitches on Thursday, 3 November, 2011 - 19:24
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Oh Kyle, you were so totally awesome as Cloud! ^_^

by JupiterLight on Tuesday, 8 November, 2011 - 13:25
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Your Gabranth was just UNREAL! :D

by Sketch McDraw on Tuesday, 8 November, 2011 - 14:25
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Best Cloud of all time, OF ALL TIME! XD
Will need to pick your brains on how to make the arm metal thingy on your left wrist. Barrett has very similar armour on his hands :)

by WarriorTeddy on Tuesday, 8 November, 2011 - 15:18
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I made it from a cut down pringles tube n then wrapped strips of 5mm thick craft foam on it to build it up n then used real bolts n washers.
feel free to add me on facebook, i have a whole picture folder with how i made each bit of my cosplay especially the armour :)

by Sketch McDraw on Tuesday, 8 November, 2011 - 22:06
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yous cool

by J-Po on Tuesday, 8 November, 2011 - 22:13
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Such a wonderful Cosplay! Lovely attention to detail and Excellent wig(i don't think I've ever seen such a good cloud wig)Good job ^_^

by ElegantAura on Tuesday, 8 November, 2011 - 23:26
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You make such a good Cloud!! |D

by Freyarule on Friday, 23 August, 2013 - 21:08
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Absolutely superb. Really well done on the Showcase. ^_^

by Nesabi on Monday, 30 December, 2013 - 19:03
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Awesome Cloud is awesome. Congrats on the showcase ^_^

by Sephirayne on Friday, 3 January, 2014 - 05:33
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very good cloud! :)

by Amala on Saturday, 4 January, 2014 - 11:10
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oh cloud babez
i luv cloud babez

by persianfox on Saturday, 4 January, 2014 - 19:17
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Grats on the showcase, really awesome costume ^^

by Mercury is a troll on Saturday, 4 January, 2014 - 19:20