loading
Picture of Mad King Thorn says...
IMG_3800.JPG
IMG_3801.JPG
I love Halloween as it is a time to cut loose and let the imagination run wild! So once again I decided to dig deep and research into the 'original' aspects that make Halloween what it is today.

Nowadays with the onset of Hollywood and Music icons being much sought after for Halloween themes, I decided to go back to the age old revered 'Pumpkin' and see what I could come up with...

Prepare for MADNESS!!!


A PHOTOBUCKET STORY CAN BE FOUND IN THE LINK BELOW

http://s153.photobucket.com/user/Ting_22/story/89267

 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Concept sketching

Picture of Concept sketching
602741_10151940047739446_437308874_n.jpg
3ac0b717-4db6-43bf-857f-2b3a83d16863_zpsff106e71.jpg
By sketching out the design, I get a rough grasp on what is possible to make and what isn't. What isn't possible to make I create 'alternative solutions' that still manage to bring out the original concept.

Step 2: Block work 6 hours

Picture of Block work 6 hours
IMG_3805.JPG
IMG_3807.JPG
IMG_3809.JPG
The more measurements one takes to get the details exact, the more you lose of the 'overall' effect of what you're trying to achieve. Here I simply hot glued some blocks together and started to outline the shape using sharpie markers.

Usually I use two colors, Black for outlining the overall shape and then at a later stage red for fine detailing. By using colors, you gradually get a feel for the piece and the direction its going in.

A fillet knife and a belt sander was used to achieve the initial shaping. (please note all shaping was finished within 6 hours)

Step 3: FINE detailing

Picture of FINE detailing
IMG_3829.JPG
IMG_3832.jpg
IMG_3830.jpg
IMG_3831.jpg
Once the shape was complete, it was time for the king to have his crown!

Initial lighting tests are vital to test certain cut angles. The way that the foam cut can affect how the light is reflected. 

Step 4: PAINT...Glorious PAINT

Latex based paints are your friend when it comes to painting foam. NEVER use spray paint on foam as it will eat away at your creation. You can however use spray paint once the foam has been sealed with a layer of latex based paint.

When painting anything I always use a base layer before any other color goes on. One easy color to use is BLACK.  Later color coats are dry brushed* on lightly to gradually bring out the details.

*dry brushing: take a paint brush, dip into the color of your choice and then wipe excess paint off the brush. Gently run the brush carefully on the painted surface of your creation picking out grooves, lines, indentations.

Step 5: LIGHTS! CAMERA!...

Picture of LIGHTS! CAMERA!...
1379892_10151948550569446_1193379403_n.jpg
Initially I used LED 'puck' lights one can purchase from Home depot for $6 each, a red filter was later added by RED SHARPIE. 

Step 6: ACTION! @ NYC HALLOWEEN PARADE!

Picture of ACTION! @ NYC HALLOWEEN PARADE!
2013 NYC Halloween Parade was a blast, Next year THE MAD KING SHALL RETURN!

Thank you for reading.

Ting
sokiboi781 year ago
you got my Vote!

Nice job.!!.check out mine what u think? I made out of card boards and tape lol Vote if you like show some love in return :-)
Tickle_My_Tequatl (author)  sokiboi781 year ago
Thank you :)
Tickle_My_Tequatl (author) 1 year ago
White 2lb ETHA foam. Everything was made from recycled off cuts and unwanted pieces.
Articas1 year ago
What foam did you use
Tickle_My_Tequatl (author) 1 year ago
fillet knife :)
dkrall1 year ago
how did you hallow out for your head
dkrall1 year ago
awesome.