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Cloud - Kingdom Hearts Cosplay by K-tetsu Cloud - Kingdom Hearts Cosplay by K-tetsu
This is my Cloud costume from the Square Enix Game Kingdom Hearts, which I made for the World Cosplay Summit - Australian Heat, 2nd Preliminary round in Melbourne in late April 2008.

For WCS, you enter in pairs or "duos", and together with my cosplay duo; who is the Meow-solo to my Luke-meow Walker... the Doctor to My Jack... the lovely :iconcescat: who is now the Sephiroth to my Cloud; we joined forces and become “Kraftwerk Ninjas” for the competition.
We won the Melbourne Preliminaries with our Kingdom Hearts Cloud & Sephiroth, and are now getting prepared for the Australian Heat Finals to be held at Sydney Animania on Sunday August 24th, 2008.

As a team, our aim is to do our best, challenge ourselves to do better than our previous cosplays, learn new skills and techniques and to share our passion of Cosplay with those around us…and enjoy doing it! :D :D :D

OUR SKIT
HERE - [link]
It was co written ( I translated the Kingdom Hearts Final Mix Video to how I interpreted as, and Aly grabbed some of the lines used in the English AC…which I have yet to see…^^;)
We both voice-acted our own characters
We both did the choreographing for the skit.
I did the recording, sound mixing and timing and post sound editing. Also, I did the background video editing.

We hadn’t actually fully practice with our completed costumes due to having to fly to Melbourne to compete and not knowing how big the stage was going to be…(and trust me… it was much narrower than expected) but it came together in the end! :)

KH CLOUD COSTUME
This will be a long one~

Wig – I cut and styled the wig myself. The initial cut and style took 3&1/2 hours, the styling in this picture took appox 2 hours. Wigs are probalby the most underated part of a costume, but i believe it is the thing that can make or break the final impression of a costume. The Make-up I did myself. (and to note - I am also wearing Blue contact lenses :) )

Cape – The lovely and insanely talented :iconrisachantag: helped me save some time on this, as I was busily trying to finish some armour work on the other side of the house. The construction and making of the cape was done by me.

Top – I created by buying white material and took me 4 different times to get the dye to work correctly (yup…that means a previous $80 dollars down the drain and in the bin…literally). I made the pattern myself and sewed it on machine. And as for the Pants - Yay for big puffy pants!!!!! Ever since doing KHII Sora (twice… ;P ) I have become to love big puffy pants! They still take me a bit of time to machine sew (as I am still learning a lot about sewing having really only done it for 2 and a half years collectively) but was relatively straight forward.

Belts (Torso, Waist and Legs) & Leather – They were made from my own patterns, a leather glue, sewing, studding, & hammering. The studded second belt was hand studded...there are 24 studs on there...thus I had to go through 48 bits of tiny metal :)V The middle cross buckle was made from a quick dry papier-mâché product. The Arm Socks and Gloves I made from a stretch lyrica and the gloves were from a low-grade yellow leather which I stained and polished over 2 days.

The Claws are made from foam, various types of glue and spray-paint. I can actually bend my fingers, which allowed me to do my ‘omni slash’ during the skit.

The Shoulder Armour and side Leg armour, I created these using a new technique which I created myself from doing research. Basically it combines products from hardware and craft-stores, a lot of time and patience. Even though it is not metal, it is still quite hard and you can hit it and it would be about as strong as a bicycle helmet. The right arm 3-band leather band was hand made and was studded seperatley...8 studs per band...alot of pain...^^;...

Shoes – Again, I used techniques I gained from making my Sora costumes :D The zip is a functional one.

Buster Sword – This beast took me over 3 weeks to make (due to full time work) but in actually time, probably took me an actual ‘work time of 10-11 hours…with waiting time (for drying) taking 1 week between coats. Due to the material being easily eaten away by harsh chemicals, I had to seal the surface a number of time before putting the top coat of paint on.
Due to my full time work factor, (and my flatmate being on holiday), she helped me do the ‘middle of the day’ coat twice, and also helped with the hilt tapping pattern. Also during the evening, we had an amazing support team come over to help us, (consisting of :iconrisachantag: :iconshastachan: :iconrallamajoop:) , and Cathy assisted with the coating “night-time coat” and wielded “duel hair-dryers” to speed up the processes…which then in turn tripped the fuse, turning of half of the houses power! The bandages needed to be done once we arrived in Melbourne, and the awesome :icontsubaki-chan: helped me and kept us sane at 3am in the morning by coming up with random yaoi stories of DGM! ;P ;P ;P
It is not in this picture but I also constructed the wing (with cutting assistance). I will talk about that when I upload a picture with the wing present.

The total cost of this costume reaches past the $600aus mark...( i stopped counting...>_< ^^;...)

MENTIONING THANKS
Much gratitude and love goes to the people who helped us out along the way, supported us and just generally made us feel happy when we were stressed (in no order) Empire Toys for helping us fund our Tickets, Cathy, Lisa, Shasta, Kellie, Eugene, Tsubaki_chan, Catty_chan, Giorgia/G-chan/G-cake/Goober, Luka, Hope, Jen, Drew, and Last but not least….Mushi and Mamushika …we love you so much and words can not say how much having your support means to us!!!

PHOTOGRAPHY
This photo of my costume was taken the weekend after the competition at our “Memorial Shoot”. It was taken by the inspiring talent of :iconsaelle:
She is a budding photographer, and has an amazing eye that just brings out the best in her subject/model/Cosplayer :DV . She also did the post editing, I love her work so much - she takes all of her creativity and changes a great photo into amazing art! <3’s to you SAB_CHAN!!!


Disclaimer – I do not own this character.
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:iconichigokurosaki99:
ichigokurosaki99 Featured By Owner May 21, 2015
i am a big fan of both kingdom hearts and final fantasy. friggin amazing
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fortissimo4cosplay Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
Nice
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:iconnikkithestormtrooper:
nikkithestormtrooper Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome costume. :)
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:iconreikohattori:
reikohattori Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dang that's EPIC :D
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:iconstyxxsomega:
StyxxsOmega Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Very awesome picture and cosplay!
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:iconamanda-osullivan:
Amanda-OSullivan Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Hey I'm making this costume for my son (he's 1&1/2) so I was wondering if you have an advice for his costume
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:iconzemium:
Zemium Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
dat sword
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:iconterrance-aulder:
Terrance-Aulder Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
FF7 1&2 Cosplay*

His origin games~
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:iconzhugebeifong:
zhugebeifong Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Meh... I've seen some that are a little bit better.
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AngelsCrafts Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Bitchin"
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:iconmister-23:
Mister-23 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012   Digital Artist
Very kewl.
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:iconchicken-with-in:
Chicken-with-in Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
Awesome cosplay...but if it's for competition there are two things not gud.
1st: your hair...it looks really fake...try making it more realistic.
2nd: You.....Yeah you. If you're posing as cloud or someone work on your psychical appearance.
Do a little workout or something to get some muscle to match the character you're cosplaying perfectly.
Other that nice job.
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K-tetsu Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
Hi,
I thought i'd return ur comment (as i happend to be checking it right now)
1) The colour of the wig was enhanced by the photographer, and is actually more of a light natural blonde. But what I want to make clear is that he is a GAME character, and in this particular case, he has extremely stylised hair.

2) Don't know if you know this - but I'm a girl - and if i perhaps wanted to become a bodybuilder then perhaps I could make my arms bigger, but for what my actual physic is, i had pretty okay arms (can't really see the definition on this pic).
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:iconchicken-with-in:
Chicken-with-in Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
Hi,....Umm...i'm very sorry didn't looked at anything else then the picture.
That explains the a few things. Okay forget what i said about that part. Bulky girls aren't always attractive. Unless you get to know them.

And yea i know. Played the game. Everything looks great even the background except the hair...there is something off... maybe the length of it?
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Litle-Noa Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
pure epicness! mind if i use it for my photoshop assignment?the theme is cosplay
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ForTheLoveofSatire Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
A cosplay of epic proportions.
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:iconk-tetsu:
K-tetsu Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
Thankyou!
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:iconanimeprado17:
Animeprado17 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
One question?
Where do you get that Cosplay? ^_^
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:iconk-tetsu:
K-tetsu Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
I made it :)
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:iconanimeprado17:
Animeprado17 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
That's super awesome. O O
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ErvanRVN Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
whoaaaaaaawwww what a great lighting!!
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:iconk-tetsu:
K-tetsu Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
was a good day :)
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:iconceleste-cloude4evr:
Celeste-Cloude4evr Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconiwantitplz: awesome
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:iconpetalowdegonzar:
PetalowDegonzar Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
did you do anything to this image?!?!? it almost looks CGI!!!!!
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:iconk-tetsu:
K-tetsu Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
Nope, thats how the clouds and wind were on the day xD and my costume is what i made it - no CGI
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:iconpetalowdegonzar:
PetalowDegonzar Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
wow.. then I must say way to pick the perfect time to snap that shot!!!!!!!!!!! A+
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:iconmichitsuna:
michitsuna Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
OMG the wig styling is amazing :wow:
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:icontoonmaker:
toonmaker Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
really nice!
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:iconmisuki-hikotsu:
Misuki-Hikotsu Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
squeeee cloud!!!
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TannerEatRadio Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible. :D
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GalaxyPuppy Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011   General Artist
heyy it me and my friends 1st time thinkin of cosplayin
do we hve 2 pay 2 get in2 anime cons and things??
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obitouchihax Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yet another win. i need to put you on my watch xD
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ConQuesttador Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Hey
You Have wonderful cosplay photo's. I would be Honored if you would share you photo's with us at Cosplay Con-Quest on Facebook! We are trying to gain more support and broaden our boarders around the united states and Beyond, so any Photo's, Tip's ETC you would like to share would be appriciated!

Join the Con-Quest, Become a ConQuesttador!

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From Cosplay Con-Quest!
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DepressionMoon Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
That had to be expensive
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nate1000man Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
holy crap that looks awsome
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ConQuesttador Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Cosplay Con-Quest we are trying to gain more support for a nation wide cosplay site, if i can get more support and more members i can turn it into a mecca for cosplay! where we can share cosplay knowledge, up comming con's, Photo's and more. Please help us out, Join our Group!
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Linkybear Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Wow,Amazing!I LOVE YOU FOR THIS! Nice job,REALLY nice job.I wish I had a Riku Cosplay as epic as this CLoud one.XD And Awww,The Skit has been removed by user.How come?
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K-tetsu Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
Thanks ^_^ oh that.. :( well, when youtube updated quite a few months back..it came up with all those copyright warnings...and i pressed ignore - or so i thought. it took down about 70% of my videos...so all the comments and views from years ago gone :( :( :( i cried! but i reuploaded them..i'm updating my link now XD
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Linkybear Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome,Thanks.XXD And youtube has just become super gay recently.I have to watch animes in japanese now.I prefer the english dubs if they have them.
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Leodoxus Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
epic!!!
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ArtumeMoon Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
All I have to say is holy freaking cow this is amazing on epic proportions! Awesome job!
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:iconk-tetsu:
K-tetsu Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
XD thankyou :D
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:iconartumemoon:
ArtumeMoon Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
You're welcome! :)
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SoriNoDana Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
XD omigod i love cloud. and im only gonna tell u this. but i said im a male and im a female so there.
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:iconk-tetsu:
K-tetsu Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
XD whether girl or guy, as long as you are happy doing what you do - that is the important thing
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SoriNoDana Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
yeah. <3 im in florida rite now, sorry i took so long responding to u. this is the 1st time ive ben on a computer for almost a week. TT^TT i miss computer soooo much. before i was only able to get on on my fone (which was really annoying and it cut out a lot of stuff!!)
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Kurvos Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
Wow.... I mean, wow.... you look beyond laughable. Not weird lots of people make fun of animé cosplayers. You totally insult Cloud's appearance in Kingdom Hearts by wearing this. Final Fantasy characters are not meant to be attempted to be literally straight off transformed to real life, with someone who doesn't fit in it. At least try to look plausible, for crying out loud... meh, guess you will just say some bullshit like "I just do it for fun"... guess it's cool for some people to insult fictional characters for fun.
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K-tetsu Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
Well, seeing that you wrote me such a comment, i wanted to respond.

First off, I cosplay because i have a passion for the art aspects as well as the enjoyment of doing it. Art as in the costume creation, hair, make up, props, photography, videos, acting of the characters, as well as being together with my friends and enjoying it together. So, its not the "some bullshit" answer that you specifically guessed above in your comment...its much more than that...passion has many different forms - my cosplay passion started from stage acting for instance.

Its hard for other people to understand sometimes why cosplayers cosplay...and i'm not trying to force you to. But I did think that you were a bit harsh with your style of language that you used, but i guess that is just because that is your way of talking. If you have a personal problem with my cosplay that it troubles your life in some way, feel free to note me, and i can have a discussion with you.

I'm not so naive to think that one such comment like yours will ruin my enjoyment of cosplaying, nor am I shocked by it...if anything, you are just another person who who doesn't understand what i like - that's just how life is.
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Its-Manga-DUH Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
The outfit and sworrdd are perg=fect! Just need to work on thee hair a littlee ( no offencee! I couldnt even do better to be honest! :P ) But still perfecctt! :D
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