Cloud of Darkness (RETIRED) - Final Fantasy III


My favourite cosplay to date, simply for the snakes. What is it with me and obscure cosplays?

The wig and top detail were relatively simple to do. I prebought them as plain clothes then spent most of my money on fabric paint.
Wig was from Cosworx, originally was £30 but it was a birthday present so technically got that for free.
The snakes were made by cutting out the flat shape of a snake, then adding another layer for the head. I made them as one big snake then threaded the wire through so I could wrap it around my waist. I sewed pink fabric in between to make the mouth, cut up a red scarf to make the tongues and made the eyes from some old green fabric I found in a drawer.

JakeX posted on 13 November, 2008 - 00:13
Doooooooooooo it!!!! Dooooooooooooooooooo it!!!! Hehe even though she is evil and Pixalated she is hot, Suits ya fine Soph xD Plus it looks detailed xD

kitty posted on 1 April, 2009 - 20:31
HOLY MOLY!!! this is gunna be so coool!!! cant wait to see more of this x3

Anonymous posted on 2 April, 2009 - 12:20
oooohh Cloud of Darkness! 8O her Dissidia form is brilliant but i never expected to see anyone do the origional, this is gonna look great

AmethystEyes posted on 2 April, 2009 - 12:47
Haha I decided against the Dissidia form because it's nearly non-existant! I'll be waiting for my next bit of student loan to go in before I spend anymore on this, but I really want to do it all now! D:

Anime_Angel posted on 3 April, 2009 - 20:32
that wig sure is cool^__^ Yeah I always loved Franziska in the series and she does have a good costume everyone would easily recornize^__^ I guess with your vote, it's Franziska 1 and Mia 0 lol

Eatmethoubean posted on 28 April, 2009 - 18:52
TOO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

nanahara posted on 13 May, 2009 - 12:15
I am soooo looking forward to seeing this ^^

Anonymous posted on 27 May, 2009 - 16:31
Mmmm your wig looks lush X3

Anonymous posted on 28 May, 2009 - 18:44
oooh interesting take on the "vortex" :P whatchu doing for the top?

AmethystEyes posted on 28 May, 2009 - 18:56
I'm not sure how vortex-y the skirt looks, but I generally like the pattern so happy with it! I've found a neon green rave top (I know, sounds horrible but it is the right colour), then plan to paint in the pattern on the breasts. I'm adding the snakes by cutting two slits in the back of the top and threading them through, they'll have gardening wire on them so they'll come up over the shoulders with any luck. We have so got to team up when you've got your emporer done!

Anonymous posted on 28 May, 2009 - 19:14
deffinately! it's for May Expo next year but i'm starting it next week so i get the feeling it'll be finished before the end of the year lol btw i actually really like the tiny stars on the snake fabric, adds that feeling you get form the outfits of the first few FF's

Anonymous posted on 28 May, 2009 - 19:17
ooooh also about that journal entry and the skirt showing your feet, it might look pretty kool if you add a bunch of tattered red and black strips of fabric that will flow easily in the wind?

AmethystEyes posted on 28 May, 2009 - 20:05
Oo I like that! Though I've just tried on the skirt again with the mesh bit straightened and my feet are now pretty much invisible, so that's one less job for me!

DefineImagineMJ posted on 29 June, 2009 - 22:29
This is in FFIII on the DS huh? I haven't come across this one yet - I will have to play it more. Looking good so far.

Anonymous posted on 9 August, 2009 - 12:19
OMG i can not wait to see this!!! XD

Anime_Angel posted on 9 August, 2009 - 12:45
excelent progress you did with the snakes^_^

Shenny posted on 9 August, 2009 - 13:20
The snakes are sooo cute lol. I'm looking forward to see this in the flesh.

JakeX posted on 9 August, 2009 - 17:10
awesome wig looks awesome :D and when i saw the snakes guess what came to mind "SNAKES ON A PLANE!!!!"

jaks-kingdom-dwarf posted on 10 August, 2009 - 00:33
I love what you've done on it well done :D

UnaSpi posted on 18 August, 2009 - 20:48
Hahaha, that is incredibly cool XD

Anime_Angel posted on 21 August, 2009 - 16:20
you are incredibly creative due to the fact that you made the character in this version since the version on the game would mean you being stuck in a wall ect lol this is very good^_^

MoonLily posted on 21 August, 2009 - 16:21
It does indeed look awesome, my dear. I'll have to force you to rewear it when I wear Luneth. 8D

Manga Girl posted on 21 August, 2009 - 16:28
Loved this costume! :D

HotshotShan posted on 21 August, 2009 - 16:50
Whoa, haven't played this game but this does look pretty cool! Love it. : )

Amy-Lou posted on 20 October, 2009 - 15:35
I really like the way you've translated a very abstract design into a wearable costume. It works so well :D

Sephirayne posted on 26 November, 2009 - 04:18
I love how you've done this. Its a great job. XX

... posted on 11 January, 2010 - 11:54
Awwh I remember seeing this! Twas awesome =D

MADALEENA posted on 3 May, 2010 - 13:10
haha thats sooo wicked! the skirt looks realy cool ^_^

MadameLapin posted on 6 September, 2010 - 22:04
Woah! This is so damn awesome, I love how creative your cosplays are 8D

Anonymous posted on 29 August, 2011 - 17:15

Snakes? Snakes? SNAAAKES!
Snazaroo paint
Skirt detail
Snazaroo paint
Gold material
Galvanised gardening wire
Green and red fabric paints

Total cost: £0.00

9th August 2009

Snakes finally done

So it only took two months but HELLZ YEAH! In the end I decided to make the snakes as one big snake with two heads, so I could fix the wire around my waist. I must admit I had help from my neighbour here as it was very difficult and nearly resulted in a broken sewing machine. So major kudos to her for helping me with this, all that is left is to paint the boob patterns on the top.

4th August 2009

Starting up again

Hmm as the length of time between journal entries would suggest, I only recently got to work on the snakes a fortnight ago due to being in France and being in a sling. Good news is they are in progress but very tediously and with any luck will be done by the end of the week, meaning I'd just need to paint the top then finally be DONE!

3rd June 2009

Mock up snake is made of fail!

Instead of revising this afternoon (brain imploded) I decided to do a mock up of one of the snakes that will be attached to my back. Thanks to KhaosKreator on the CI forums who gave me advice on how to make them, though unfortunately thing s went rather wrong at the end when I tried to sew some pink fabric on for the inside of the mouth so the head is very rectangular and not circular. However I know how to sort this out (or so I think) so plan to make both snakes once I'm back home properly for the summer. Then all I need to do is paint the top and attach the snakes. They won't be exactly like the ones in the picture, probably a lot lesser exciting but this is the closest I've ever got to prop making so miracles will not happen here.

28th May 2009

A spanner in the works

So the skirt is done, yay! But as usual something is still wrong, my feet can be seen D: For some reason this wasn't a problem the first time I tried it on and I have ironed out the mesh at the bottom which will hopefully help. I'm going to get an underskirt which will hopefully solve the problem but luckily if i crouch down it's hidden and looks like I actually am coming out of the ground...ish

13th May 2009

Paint paint paint!

The snazaroo paint has arrived and fabric paint for the skirt is on the way. Stupidly I'm still looking around for a decent skirt, I'm looking for a hooped one now because I think it would be a little more convincing that I'm coming out of the ground. I've also found some GOLD fabric that I may use for the snakes, because gold snakes are just a little cooler than yellow snakes.

1st April 2009


After 3 weeks of parcelforce trying to charge an extra £20 for service charges (how this poses a threat to international security/terrorism/whatever the reason was), the wig has arrived! This was on top of the price of the wig and shipping charges, ripoff really. It is now my baby, it reminds me of something from the We Will Rock You musical which is a very good musical indeed. That aside, the wig was a (late by the time it arrived) birthday present from my mum, so that's £30 saved and being accumulated towards the next part of this cosplay which will either be a green corset or black material for the skirt.

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