Sketch McDraw

Costume :Kuma
Variant :Final Scene Version - Series 1
Source :Afro Samurai
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo October 2012

Costume Photos

Chillin' with the Capt.(aka the girlfriend)

Alleyway Shot

"Remember me, Afro Samurai?"

"Come at me Bro"

Kuma shoot

Kuma shoot

Kuma shoot

Kuma shoot

"Its been awhile, eh Afro Samurai?"

"I challenge you!"

Unveiled at Expo

Battle - Close Up


Costume Information

Cost : About £300
Awards : 'Best In Show' - London MCM Expo Masquerade - Oct 2012 /// Won the ECG 'Solo' Qualifier @ Hyper Japan - Dec 2012
Time Taken : 4 months

I will update this when i get the chance - I promise!

Worn at:
London MCM Expo - October 2012
Hyper Japan Christmas - November 2012

Best in Show (Sunday Masquerade) - London MCM Expo October 2012.
Cosplay Island Showcase - 11th November 2012.
UK 'Solo' Representative Qualifier for ECG 2013 - Hyper Japan Christmas 2012.
Cosplay Idol Grand Winner - NEO Magazine 27th December 2012


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Cool idea.

by j_mercuryuk on Thursday, 10 November, 2011 - 09:08
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Yaaay!!! you will be so EPIC! I might even be your Afro... if you bribe me with lots of pringles :D

by WarriorTeddy on Thursday, 10 November, 2011 - 14:27
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Deal!! Any flavour in particular? Lol

by Sketch McDraw on Thursday, 10 November, 2011 - 16:47
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Umm BBQ flavour but I'm also partial to a bit of cheese and onion lol *shakes hand* nice doing business with you lol

by WarriorTeddy on Thursday, 10 November, 2011 - 20:29
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That works out Perfictly as i like Ready Salted and Salt 'n' Vinigar flavour lol.

by Sketch McDraw on Thursday, 10 November, 2011 - 22:58
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Looking forward to this!

It will be epic im sure! =D

by Numta on Monday, 18 June, 2012 - 15:44
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Oh god yes! I hope to see you at Expo! It looks amazing

by Chain Toxin on Tuesday, 17 July, 2012 - 23:40
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oooooo WHY U SO GOOD :D
It's coming along brilliantly. This is going to be the best kuma ever. I know it!!

by WarriorTeddy on Thursday, 26 July, 2012 - 10:24
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Cheers dude, still got a HELL of a lot to do, need to start making the robotic body parts soon and the swords.
Also if i can afford it i may actually get a small camera and 4.5 Inch Screen so i can see like Kuma actually does as opposed having a small slit above the snout for me to see through (will be rather limited in what i can see).
Im really looking forward to seeing you do Afro :D

by Sketch McDraw on Thursday, 26 July, 2012 - 23:29
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Hope I see this at expo, looking amazing so far :]

by kunoichi-me on Sunday, 30 September, 2012 - 11:36
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Thanks, hopefully i'll be able to get it all finished in-time

by Sketch McDraw on Monday, 1 October, 2012 - 23:15
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this is looking awsome man

by nanahara on Tuesday, 9 October, 2012 - 07:17
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Awesome progress on this dude!

by Moonchild on Saturday, 13 October, 2012 - 13:16
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Well I'm going to be the first to congratulate you on winning at Expo. Some excellent detail, a very nice costume.

by theKillingDoll on Tuesday, 30 October, 2012 - 22:11
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Thank you :)

by Sketch McDraw on Wednesday, 31 October, 2012 - 00:52
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Your reaction when they announced your name as winner was classic. Well deserved award! :)

by Ranma1-2 on Wednesday, 31 October, 2012 - 01:04
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Oh god i must of looked so DERP like >_< lol

by Sketch McDraw on Wednesday, 31 October, 2012 - 01:08
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Would of loved to see this, looks mint!

by Kinreal on Wednesday, 31 October, 2012 - 01:57
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by nanahara on Wednesday, 31 October, 2012 - 08:13
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Fantastic Kuma! Particularly loved the joints and shading on it, really detailed. Congratulations on the Expo win :)

by Amy-Lou on Wednesday, 31 October, 2012 - 09:32
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This is so amazing!

by eternal_aranel on Wednesday, 31 October, 2012 - 20:24
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Oh Wow! This is awesome!

by Kacela on Wednesday, 31 October, 2012 - 21:37
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Congratulations Cosband on the win! This Cosplay was so amazing!

by Manticore on Thursday, 1 November, 2012 - 10:30
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congrats on your win, so well deserved. love the detail and effort you put into all your costumes

by Leolarua on Thursday, 1 November, 2012 - 17:35
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Thank you everyone :)

by Sketch McDraw on Friday, 2 November, 2012 - 00:40
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Congrats again on the win man! Hope I didn't damage the costume when I grabbed your arm ;)

by Kata-san on Friday, 2 November, 2012 - 21:20
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Cheers dude, and no worries the costume is fine :)

by Sketch McDraw on Saturday, 3 November, 2012 - 20:01

Brilliantly done!

by Adziu on Monday, 5 November, 2012 - 05:47
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Congratulations again Cosband on winning Best in Show ^_^

by Manticore on Tuesday, 6 November, 2012 - 01:39
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Love you Cosband :3

by Sketch McDraw on Tuesday, 6 November, 2012 - 04:18
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That is flipping awesome, good work!!!!

by Siouxsie James on Tuesday, 6 November, 2012 - 10:03
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Amazing work on this again =) So awesome!

by Moonchild on Tuesday, 6 November, 2012 - 15:12
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I loved this haha it was great seeing it in person :)

by Ros3ify on Wednesday, 7 November, 2012 - 00:39
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Yaaaay congrats on the showcase :) Well deserved for an awesome cosplay

by kunoichi-me on Sunday, 11 November, 2012 - 17:22
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gratz on the showcase! a wonderful costume :)

by Siouxsie James on Sunday, 11 November, 2012 - 18:18
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Awesome is the only way to describe this XD congrats on the showcase. well deserved

by yami-no-neko on Sunday, 11 November, 2012 - 19:04
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Cool! **
Like it!

by Vega Gear on Sunday, 11 November, 2012 - 21:42
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Hi Kyle! (one of the Atwill sisters here) Was great meeting you backstage! congrats on the huge win!!

by Fizzykat on Sunday, 11 November, 2012 - 22:56
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Thank you!
It was lovely meeting you both as well, and I loved your entry :)

by Sketch McDraw on Monday, 12 November, 2012 - 00:10
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Congratulations on your Showcase dude ^_^

by Manticore on Monday, 12 November, 2012 - 18:38
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Well deserved showcase dude, you've got all the skills :D

by Manjou on Monday, 12 November, 2012 - 18:41
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Showcase - Hurray!!! Most deserved ^^

by WarriorTeddy on Monday, 12 November, 2012 - 18:47
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Wooo! Showcase its well deserved :D

by Ros3ify on Monday, 12 November, 2012 - 19:27
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I like this beaaar ♥ much love ♥

by KC-HOME on Wednesday, 14 November, 2012 - 14:42
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well deserved showcase. Amazing craftsmanship in this cosplay!

by Kitticus on Wednesday, 14 November, 2012 - 21:16
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Congrats on the showcase; it was an absolute pleasure seeing this in-person and hanging out with ya :)

by Heorot on Sunday, 2 December, 2012 - 16:30
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Brilliant costume. Congratulations on the awards and the showcase.

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 4 December, 2012 - 06:00
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Wow, amazing. I know you've worn this a few times, but you so need to wear it again this year!!

by Paper-Cube on Sunday, 9 June, 2013 - 20:34
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Awww thanks :3
I need to rewire the camera and screen as their is a loose connection somewhere, but I do plan on wearing it again at a con at some point :)

by Sketch McDraw on Monday, 10 June, 2013 - 23:28


Armor Construction Completed (Posted 11th October 2012)

I finished making the armor after a few stressful attempts are various different designs/ways of making the stomach armor.
Anyway here you can see views of it from the front, side and back.
It allows for quite a lot movement and for the most part feels comfortable to wear.
The next step is to give it all several layers of watered down pva glue to seal it all so that i can paint it.

The Body (Posted 7th October 2012)

I've spent what little spare time i've had this week making the body armor.
I made patterns from cardboard to work it all out and then cut it all out from large sheets of plastazote, and used a heatgun to bend it all into shape and glued together with a hot gluegun.
All i need to do now is make the stomach piece and then seal it all with layers of watered down pva glue.

Sorting out the Helmet - Pt. 2 (Posted 17th September 2012)

I cut down a broom handle into 3 pieces and screwed them onto the helmet, but when tried on with the head it didn't sit right, so I cut down the back one and extended the front 2 by screwing on some rounded off MDF squares.
Once I sorted out the positioning inside the head I screwed it into place.

The Snout - Pt. 2 (Posted 23rd July 2012)

So Today i finished covering the snout in filler.
It put a layer of normal polyfiller on it then sanded it down, then done another layer and sanded it down again.
I then gave it two light coatings of Spray Filler and used a very fine grade piece of wet and dry paper damped with some water.
Unfortunately in some areas it just almost ripped off a few of the layers, but hopefully when i paint it you wont notice these minor surface imperfections as the paint should in theory fill these gaps/layers.

Sorting out the Helmet (Posted 19th July 2012)

For the inside of the Head I've decided to use a 'Drinking Helmet' to attach inside so that it sits on my head nicely and so that turns and moves as I do.
I removed the Beer Can Holders and drinking straw then used a dremel to cut off the peak so that it fitted inside the Head.

The Snout. (Posted 17th July 2012)

Ive spent the past few days carving the snout from layers of blue styrofoam stuck together with expanding foam.
I used a large kitchen knife and craft knife to carve and shape it, then to smooth it down i used sand paper.

Basic Head (Posted 1st July 2012)

So the Dremel Cutting Discs I ordered came through the post the other day so i was able to get cracking on the head today.
I marked out the hole for my head and used the Dremel to cut it out and covered the edges with Duct Tape to stop the papier mache and fiber glass from fraying/coming apart and to protect against splinters.

Eye Spy (Posted 1st July 2012)

I decided to make the by using the Vacuum Former(Pictured)at Uni, and used a wood dome to mold the heated plastic sheet over. Once it had cooled down and set i popped the wooden dome out and then filled the inside of the plastic dome with 2 part rigid expanding foam to make hard and durable but still keeping it lightweight.
Once the Foam had fully hardened i cut the excess foam off with a kitchen knife and then used a Stanley knife to cut off the excess plastic.

Splinters! (Posted 26th June 2012)

Now that the head has been covered in fiberglass and fully hardened, i spent about 20 mins today sanding the outside down to remove any splinters and large/sharp points.

Resin and Fiberglass (Posted 22nd June 2012)

So i finished giving the balloon a 2nd layer of papier mache yesterday and left it dry and came back to it today.
I gave it a coating of resin to harden it a little more before and put some orange dye into it when mixing so that i could see where i had painted it on.
Once dried i mixed up some more resin this time with purple dye and started to apply a layer of fine grade fiberglass, unfortunately i wasn't able to get it all covered so i shall have to come back to it after the weekend.

Let the Fun Begin! (Posted 20th June 2012)

So today i inflated the balloon and hung it from the ceiling so that it would make it easier when adding the layers of papier mache.
I've given the balloon one layer so far and will give it a second layer tommorow.

So it Begins (Posted 19th June 2012)

So here is the first Journal i have done on CI and i'm quite looking forward to it as this will more than likely be my most challenging cosplay to date.

SO, I've decided to start with making the head and thought of various ways of how to go about it and came to the conclusion that paper mache over a balloon would be the best way to go about it, so i got hold of a pack of 'Punchball' Balloons as you can inflate them to a large enough size and they are spherical as opposed normal balloons that are 'tear/pear' shaped.