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: Cthulhu: The Lord of Insanity and Other "School-Friendly" Homecoming Floats

09-26-2011, 01:44 AM
School's once again in session and once again it is almost time for the Homecoming Parade! Naturally, I fall into the role of lead designer, lead creator, lead painter, and lead assembler of my class's (and for some reason everyone else's) float. Well, anyways, this year's theme is movie genres. My class has science fiction. They wouldn't let me include the Rocky Horror Picture Show anywhere on the float, but so help me, a giant Cthulhu will be what leads my class! :D

This giant wad of newspaper is your Lord of Insanity.


By the time I'm done with this thread, he will be a full-blown flying squid-man and I will more than likely be in some serious artistic trouble with the school for giving small children nightmares.

I have until October 7th. I'll update when I can.

Hopefully at least one of you out there will find this cool or inspiring. Enjoy the ride!

I know I will. :)

09-26-2011, 12:53 PM
I'll be watching... http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a384/themarbleintheoatmeal/smilies/watchdrama8jm.gif

09-26-2011, 03:46 PM
If you squint your eyes, you can see a squid's head starting to take shape. I tightened up the edges and expanded it some.


I have to spend the next few hours working on a history essay but I'll be back with another update tonight.

09-26-2011, 05:06 PM
very interesting..... im squinting.. hmmm...I think I see........... newspaper and masking tape! Now who is going to have shaky hands from late-night sessions?

09-26-2011, 05:44 PM
I neglected to mention that you have to cover your good eye while you squint. It also helps to stare at a light for 30 seconds too. Lol. Oh, I'm expecting so many late nights this week. It was already 2 when I started the wad! But don't worry. Having shaky hands will only make using an x-acto knife more interesting!

09-26-2011, 10:10 PM
Rounded out the head a little more and added an eye socket and a half before I ran out of masking tape. I'll have to take more for tomorrow.


The trick to seeing the octopus with this one is to spin around a few times before you look at the picture.
(It's advised to be on an empty stomach)

09-27-2011, 01:39 PM
Oh, I see it, I see it! Gotta get more popcorn...

09-27-2011, 07:07 PM
Managed to get this far during school, then I came home and took a 4 hour nap. Ouch.

Anyways, I tightened his head up even more, gave him more of a cranium bump in the middle of his head and then made it even longer (which you can't really see). Next I'm going to accentuate the eyes and then add the tentacles later on. Something tells me that I'll have a lot of awake time between the hours of 1 and 4 tonight.

09-28-2011, 09:57 PM
Finished fixing up his brows. Now he needs a lower eyelid and I think he's still missing about 13 tentacles. I have a few rolled out but not shaped yet, so this'll be interesting...


09-28-2011, 10:05 PM
This is a rolled-out tentacle. The trick to seeing it is to wave your head back and forth very quickly... but not too quickly. My insurance won't cover whiplash.


09-29-2011, 10:02 AM
Looking good!

09-29-2011, 10:28 AM
This is going to be soo neat. Can't wait to see it finished!

09-29-2011, 11:32 PM
Thanks everyone! I'm pretty excited too. After I get the tentacles done, it will just be a matter of making his body and getting him balanced after I add the wings.
... and fitting him in the car. He just keeps growing and getting harder to transport. But that's a concern for another day.


I have the first layer of tentacles on. Just 9 more to go!

10-03-2011, 12:34 AM
All 13 tentacles attached. Now I get to spend the next 2 hours working on homework, then 3 more finishing those up before I have to get ready for school. With any luck, I'll start the body tonight too.


I've got him taped to a barstool to make working on him slightly less awkward. I can sit under him instead of having to hold him upsidedown. I feel sorta like a mechanic working under him like that. (I won't show any pictures of that out of respet for Cthulhu and his cloaca.)


10-03-2011, 09:55 PM
My inner Cap'n Nemo is wanting to stab that creature with a Harpoon (or electrocute it)... Good Job! Way realistic :).

10-05-2011, 12:07 AM
Thanks! Heheh. I kinda want to stab it too, but for different reasons.
Don't know if I'll get him done in time. There's no doubt in my mind that there won't be time for me to make Bigfoot or a mermaid and unfortunately my hairiest friend has work that day, so I think most of my half of my science fiction double-feature is missing. At least there's still the ET Phone Homecoming float.

Anyways... Here he is now. Head finished, but he needs color.


I don't know if I'll be able to finish his body before Friday. There was talk of turning him into a human puppet but... here he is in comparison to my little sister. I do not want to be responsible for anyone's chronic neck pain.


Here's his body thus far. Eh. I had a special helper put it together while I napped. I really don't think I'll be able to get the entire thing done and balanced in time, but we'll see.


Next up: Arms and wings.
I'll post when I can.

10-05-2011, 08:28 AM
This is so cool, you are way talented! I hope you're able to get it done in time!

ET Phone Homecoming float

LOL, I love it!

10-05-2011, 03:43 PM
What talent you have!!! Loving this.

10-07-2011, 06:12 AM
Thanks all! Sometimes it's nice to put that talent to the test. Everyone ready for a picture overload?!

Okay, Here was his headless body.


With head.


With the head, he began to fall forwards. No wonder.


Here he is after full-body paper macheing.

Something happened with the lighting on my phone. This isn't how green he is, I just thought the picture looked cool.

10-07-2011, 06:17 AM
At this moment in time, I still have to finish the wings.

I was supposed to do that last night except I fell asleep working on history homework and as such am also running late for school right now. But, just because my priorities are so backwards...

The ET Phone Homecoming FLoat thus far:

I'm glad you found it so amusing PMI! So I added that too.

Okay. I've got 5 more hours to highlight his body, fix the balance, and finish the wings. Wish me luck.

10-07-2011, 10:15 AM
WOW!!! That is fabulous! I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed watching this come together.

LOL, love the ET, thanks so much for sharing that, too!

10-08-2011, 05:56 PM
Everything went sooo beautifully yesterday. Well, not everything. I fell off of an art table and just barely made the line-up deadline, but the parade was gorgeous!

I'm going to apologize in advance for a few long posts, but I promise you'll enjoy them at least a little. :) Right now:

Finishing Cthulhu

I spent most of the day working on the wings. I taped on the wing spines...


... then I flipped it over and pinched where the spines were and taped again.


While I was working on bones for the second part of my float (the Just Buried Newly Deads) and highlighting Cthulhu's eyebrows, my friends and sister paper mached the wings. I neglected to get a good picture of either of those last two, and it was at that point that I had fallen head-first off of a table. (I think it only contributed to the creative process, though.)

The wings needed to be detachable for storage reasons. I couldn't just tape/glue them on, so I threaded them on with wire. I decided to sort of give him corset piercings...


... and lace him up like a shoe.


His wings are only uneven because one's on the table and the other wasn't. Now, he's completely finished!


... Almost. The job wasn't done until everyone had the chance to see him.

Next up: Getting Everything on the Car and to the Parade (Without Dying)

10-08-2011, 07:03 PM
I'm only half-kidding about the title. We were almost in an accident and almost caused countless others. Plus, earlier in the day, I almost kicked my art teacher in the head and we both almost fell off of her car putting the ET float together. I'm very lucky that the word "almost" and its concept exists.

The ET Phone Homecoming float was finished a good 2 hours before mine. It was my art teacher's float from design to creation (with some help, of course) for my class.


She then went out to get Chinese food with that thing on her car, lol.

Anyways... my float. It was decided to cover my boyfriend's father's car with blue paper and make it seem as though Cthulhu was emerging from the water. So we put the blue paper on with (minimal amounts of) masking tape and carry his 15lb body out to the car. While my boyfriend's father took some twine and tied him down, I took some wire and secured him and tied the Just Buried Newly Deads (my friends wanted zombies. I gave them zombies) to the back of his car like wedding cans.


I don't have a good picture of them dragging.


Anyways, Cthulhu is Risen. He's on the car, ready to go. The senior float (which I helped on but only have one picture of) is assembled and ready. It's 6:00 and we should have already been at line-up. No time for a test-drive around the school. Notice the blue paper on the hood.


That blue paper was not there when we arrived at line-up. It flew off and infront of the windshield, causing almost-accident one. Almost-accidents two and three came from oncoming traffic. Apparently driving around with the God of Chaos ontop of your car is some sort of major distraction. Who knew!

We made it there in one piece though, all of us, and just in time. He was hanging off of the car a little when we got there, but that was easily fixed. My sister and I untangled the Newly Deads and walked and danced with the human puppets while we waited for the parade to start.


I only helped with one, Venom, for the boy in the orange. I owe him for my float's inspiration and transportation.

I'll upload photos from the actual parade later, or upon request. I have actual work to do, and I don't want anyone get sick of me too prematurely for over-posting, heh.

Thanks, once again, to everyone for following this! I hope it was as fun to watch as it was to make.

10-10-2011, 09:16 AM
It absolutely was as much fun to watch! Love the humor in your posts, too. :) So glad everything was done in time and nobody was killed. ;) Thanks for bringing us along on the journey!

10-12-2011, 06:48 PM
Thanks PMI, and it was my pleasure! I'm so pleased with the end-result, and it was such a trip that it'd be a shame not to share with everyone what I went through to get there. The humor and sarcasm is just an added bonus. :D

The rest of the parade is uploaded here, along with more pictures for those who are curious. :)