Afro Samurai

Cosplayer: Sketch McDraw

Variant: Final Scene Version - Series 1

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

'Best In Show' - London MCM Expo Masquerade - Oct 2012 /// Won the ECG 'Solo' Qualifier @ Hyper Japan - Dec 2012

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Showcased 11th November 2012

11th October 2012: Armor Construction Completed 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.

8th October 2012: The Body 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.

17th September 2012: Sorting out the Helmet - Pt. 2 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.

23rd July 2012: The Snout - Pt. 2 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.

19th July 2012: Sorting out the Helmet 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.

18th July 2012: The Snout. 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.

1st July 2012: Basic Head 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.

1st July 2012: Eye Spy 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.

26th June 2012: Splinters! 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.

22nd June 2012: Resin and Fiberglass 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.

20th June 2012: Let the Fun Begin! 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.

19th June 2012: So it Begins 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.

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j_mercuryuk - 10th November 2011
Cool idea.

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WarriorTeddy - 10th November 2011
Yaaay!!! you will be so EPIC! I might even be your Afro... if you bribe me with lots of pringles :D

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Sketch McDraw - 10th November 2011
Deal!! Any flavour in particular? Lol

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WarriorTeddy - 10th November 2011
Umm BBQ flavour but I'm also partial to a bit of cheese and onion lol *shakes hand* nice doing business with you lol

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Sketch McDraw - 10th November 2011
That works out Perfictly as i like Ready Salted and Salt 'n' Vinigar flavour lol.

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Numta - 18th June 2012
Looking forward to this!

It will be epic im sure! =D

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Chain Toxin - 18th July 2012
Oh god yes! I hope to see you at Expo! It looks amazing

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WarriorTeddy - 26th July 2012
oooooo WHY U SO GOOD :D
It's coming along brilliantly. This is going to be the best kuma ever. I know it!!

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Sketch McDraw - 27th July 2012
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

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cosrai - 30th September 2012
Hope I see this at expo, looking amazing so far :]

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Sketch McDraw - 2nd October 2012
Thanks, hopefully i'll be able to get it all finished in-time

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nanahara - 9th October 2012
this is looking awsome man

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Moonchild - 13th October 2012
Awesome progress on this dude!

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theKillingDoll - 30th October 2012
Well I'm going to be the first to congratulate you on winning at Expo. Some excellent detail, a very nice costume.

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Sketch McDraw - 31st October 2012
Thank you :)

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Ranma1-2 - 31st October 2012
Your reaction when they announced your name as winner was classic. Well deserved award! :)

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Sketch McDraw - 31st October 2012
Oh god i must of looked so DERP like >_< lol

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Kinreal - 31st October 2012
Would of loved to see this, looks mint!

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nanahara - 31st October 2012

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Amy-Lou - 31st October 2012
Fantastic Kuma! Particularly loved the joints and shading on it, really detailed. Congratulations on the Expo win :)

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eternal_aranel - 31st October 2012
This is so amazing!

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Kacela - 31st October 2012
Oh Wow! This is awesome!

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Manticore Arts - 1st November 2012
Congratulations Cosband on the win! This Cosplay was so amazing!

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Leolarua - 1st November 2012
congrats on your win, so well deserved. love the detail and effort you put into all your costumes

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Sketch McDraw - 2nd November 2012
Thank you everyone :)

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Kata-san - 2nd November 2012
Congrats again on the win man! Hope I didn't damage the costume when I grabbed your arm ;)

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Sketch McDraw - 3rd November 2012
Cheers dude, and no worries the costume is fine :)

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Adziu - 5th November 2012
Brilliantly done!

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Manticore Arts - 6th November 2012
Congratulations again Cosband on winning Best in Show ^_^

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Sketch McDraw - 6th November 2012
Love you Cosband :3

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Siouxsie James - 6th November 2012
That is flipping awesome, good work!!!!

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Moonchild - 6th November 2012
Amazing work on this again =) So awesome!

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Ros3ify - 7th November 2012
I loved this haha it was great seeing it in person :)

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cosrai - 11th November 2012
Yaaaay congrats on the showcase :) Well deserved for an awesome cosplay

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Siouxsie James - 11th November 2012
gratz on the showcase! a wonderful costume :)

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yami-no-neko - 11th November 2012
Awesome is the only way to describe this XD congrats on the showcase. well deserved

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Anonymous - 11th November 2012
Cool! **
Like it!

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Fizzykat - 11th November 2012
Hi Kyle! (one of the Atwill sisters here) Was great meeting you backstage! congrats on the huge win!!

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Sketch McDraw - 12th November 2012
Thank you!
It was lovely meeting you both as well, and I loved your entry :)

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Manticore Arts - 12th November 2012
Congratulations on your Showcase dude ^_^

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Manjou - 12th November 2012
Well deserved showcase dude, you've got all the skills :D

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WarriorTeddy - 12th November 2012
Showcase - Hurray!!! Most deserved ^^

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Ros3ify - 12th November 2012
Wooo! Showcase its well deserved :D

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KC-HOME - 14th November 2012
I like this beaaar ♥ much love ♥

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Kitticus - 14th November 2012
well deserved showcase. Amazing craftsmanship in this cosplay!

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Heorot - 2nd December 2012
Congrats on the showcase; it was an absolute pleasure seeing this in-person and hanging out with ya :)

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Sephirayne - 4th December 2012
Brilliant costume. Congratulations on the awards and the showcase.

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Paper-Cube - 9th June 2013
Wow, amazing. I know you've worn this a few times, but you so need to wear it again this year!!

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Sketch McDraw - 11th June 2013
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 :)