Troll Horn tutorial- Karkat
Posted October 10, 2011on:
Overall, smaller horns like Karkat’s are very simple to make and don’t require much skill. For anything larger, however, alternate methods must be used. Model magic is too heavy to use for horns any larger than Karkat or Sollux’s smaller horns.
I started with Crayola Model Magic. Using a plethora of reference pictures, I modeled the clay into Karkat’s nubby horns. (I made an extra set in case I messed up)
After shaping them, I set them out to dry for one full day. Make sure to not let the horns get stuck to the drying surface, and periodically rolls them onto a new side. (alternating between on the side and setting them down on the flat bottom.) The goal is to make crack-free smooth, rounded horns.
Once they have hardened enough, it’s time to paint! The acrylic paints I used were Craft Smart Bright Yellow 23672, and JoAnn Craft Essentials 7979693 and 5019526. (For the shade of yellow-orange in the middle, I mixed all three paints together)
I started by painting the whole horn yellow (23672)
Once that layer dried, I used the paint mixture for the middle.
Finally, I painted the darker orange (5019526) on the bottom.
Some people prefer to meticulously paint until the layers are even and neat, while others leave the lines messier. Both styles can be supported by the original webcomic, so either way works.
Depending on the materials used for the horns, and the final looks desired, several different methods can be used to attach the finished horns. The headband method (that is, attaching them to a headband the blends with the wig or hair color) is quite common, but for more elaborate designs, ssometimes cosplayers with attach them to their wigs, tie them to shoelaces or other fabric that is attached to the wig, or using alternate ways to support heavy and unwieldly horns.
I decided to attach my horns to a headband I purchased at Claire’s, using a low-temperature hot glue gun. They stayed on well while I wore the headband, but one horn fell off during the car ride home. Storing your horns safely is very important, so make sure to place them somewhere were they are cushioned or unlikely to be knocked around.