Thursday, September 19, 2013

Cthulhu Fhtagn! McKittrick Edition.

The prolific Jason McKittrick has a new Cthulhu idol available. I absolutely adore the worn finish on the figure on the left.  It really captures the look of a clay artifact that's been buried for millenia.

1 comment:

CoastConFan said...

Yes the figure on the left has a very good faux finish. The highlight of dark greasiness is typical of unglazed pottery (thus porous) that has been heavily handled. The hand oil gets transferred to the figure and it becomes begrimed. Dirt can also be transferred but the real change comes when bacteria break down the hand oil and makes it dark, leaving stains. Unglazed terracotta often gets this look if handled a lot, so it is something to think about when prop making.

Paper can also become stained at touch points in a similar manner, even low acid linen rag and vellum. Other materials such as ivory can have a color shift due to hand oil over time. In the case of ivory it might become a pleasing effect rather than marring, such as the nearly translucent buttery color of old and heavily handled ivory such as a pistol grip.