Cloud Strife
Final Fantasy VII

Cosplayer: Sketch McDraw

Variant: Dissida Version

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

Runner Up in the NEO Cosplay Idol 2011 Award (Was featured in their magazine and 2012 Cosplay Calendar)

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Showcased 29th December 2013


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Tedward - 7th September 2011
Also can't wait to see this . We are doing. Dissidea group and could do with a cloud for some pics !

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Sketch McDraw - 8th September 2011
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? :)

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Tedward - 8th September 2011
We know . Shame about the 3 . But yeah we are part of that round up . Will be nice to meet you sir.

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Sketch McDraw - 9th September 2011
Im really looking forward to getting all the dissidia lot together, its gonna be EPIC! :D

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j_mercuryuk - 5th October 2011
The glove and gauntlet look very cool

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Manticore Arts - 5th October 2011
Looking awesome!

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Kyuipo - 10th October 2011
wow!! realy nice work!

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Kata-san - 10th October 2011
It's all looking really good. Good work. Can't wait to see it all finished ;)

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Sephirayne - 12th October 2011
This is looking so epic. Love the shape to the pauldron. How did you manage to get such a great curve to it?

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Sketch McDraw - 12th October 2011
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.

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Anonymous - 13th October 2011
This is looking fantastic, such great shapes and detail!

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Sephirayne - 14th October 2011
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.

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Sketch McDraw - 15th October 2011
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.

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Sephirayne - 15th October 2011
Awesome. Thank you.

Btw, the finished pieces look amazing. Well done.

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Anonymous - 15th October 2011
Good grief, that armour is phenomenal! Fantastic work!

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Manticore Arts - 16th October 2011
It is just fantastic. Its hard to keep up with him on this. ;_; Husband why you do this? lol

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Anonymous - 17th October 2011
God, this special armed glove is cool

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birds-hate-flying - 17th October 2011
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.

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MangaChild - 17th October 2011
Stunning!!

This will be epic :D

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Nomes - 19th October 2011
This looks amazing! It's so useful watching the work in progress. I'm picking up lots of tips and ideas.

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Nomes - 23rd October 2011
How did you do the belt?

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Leolarua - 23rd October 2011
looks great so far!

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Angelphie - 31st October 2011
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!

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Sketch McDraw - 1st November 2011
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.

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Nomes - 1st November 2011
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.

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j_mercuryuk - 1st November 2011
Wow...this is just...wow. 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.

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Sketch McDraw - 1st November 2011
Sewing Machine for all the visible stitch lines, and then tones of supper glue to stick it all together!! lol

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Donna - 1st November 2011
Amazing wig!

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Sketch McDraw - 1st November 2011
My friend styled it for me, she did an amazing job! :D

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Anonymous - 1st November 2011
This looked so fantastic, particularly all the details on things like the pauldron, it's all very crisp and neat.

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Manticore Arts - 3rd November 2011
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.

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Manticore Arts - 3rd November 2011
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

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birds-hate-flying - 3rd November 2011
...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.

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Creative-Stitches - 3rd November 2011
This looked fantastic! You did an amazing job ^^

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JupiterLight - 8th November 2011
Oh Kyle, you were so totally awesome as Cloud! ^_^

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Sketch McDraw - 8th November 2011
Your Gabranth was just UNREAL! :D

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WarriorTeddy - 8th November 2011
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 :)

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Sketch McDraw - 8th November 2011
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 :)

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J-Po - 8th November 2011
yous cool

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ElegantAura - 8th November 2011
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 ^_^

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Freyarule - 23rd August 2013
You make such a good Cloud!! |D

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Nesproxy - 30th December 2013
Absolutely superb. Really well done on the Showcase. ^_^

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Sephirayne - 3rd January 2014
Awesome Cloud is awesome. Congrats on the showcase ^_^

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Amala - 4th January 2014
very good cloud! :)

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persianfox - 4th January 2014
oh cloud babez
i luv cloud babez

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Siouxsie James - 4th January 2014
Grats on the showcase, really awesome costume ^^

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JustJerry - 18th February 2018
Was feeling nostalgic so decided to look for oldskool FInal Fantasy cosplays and came across your page. Nice work bitchface ;)