Steven K Smith (SKSProps) is a freelance illustrator and prop maker based outside of Kansas City, Missouri. Steven had been a freelance illustrator for 15 years working on newspapers, magazines, and over 35 children's books. In 2012 he put his artistic abilities to a new medium, creating cosplay props and costumes from famous video games. He is now known worldwide for his skill in bringing pixels to props for multiple popular video games. The creation that started it all was the Borderlands Psycho Bandit mask and their iconic weapon the Buzz Axe. His Borderlands props are featured on numerous "geek" websites like dudeiwantthat.com, laughingsquid.com and thisiswhyimbroke.com. Currently his Borderlands Psycho props are being used in 2 live action fan films. One of which is the highly anticipated Jacks Exodus distributed by Manifest Films.
Besides his props he was featured in 2014 on geeksaresexy.com as one of this years top male cosplayers to check out. His props and creations were recognized at Crypticon and at the Makers Faire in KC, Missouri. He won blue ribbons as a Maker of Merit at the 2013 and 2014 Makers Faire by having one of the most talked about and enjoyed booths on their exit poles. In 2013 he was seen on 2 different episodes of the popular Syfy tv show Heroes of Cosplay, wearing his traditional Borderlands Psycho costume. He was also interviewed about his props at this convention by the lovely Chloe Dykstra, for her youtube channel Just Cos.
At the beginning of 2014 he created the dragon helm from the highly anticipated video game Dragon Age Inquisition. The Dragon Age helmet won several awards including an Instructable challenge contest. A spotlight Daily Deviation on deviantart.com and was featured on the main page of Dragon Age's Facebook and Twitter accounts with numerous accolades from the community. A copy of his Dragon Age Inquisitior helmet now resides at Bio Ware's main headquarters where it guards the front office.
Recently he created one of the most accurate versions of Isaac Clarke's level 3 suit from the game Dead Space. This award winning costume has been featured and talked about on many cosplay, prop, and horror based websites. The costume recently was a winner of the Instructables Spectrum laser challenge where it finished second place out of 1200 plus entries.
Steven will be attending multiple conventions over the next several years spreading his knowledge of the arts and prop making in general. You can also find him online at