The Golden Touch

...Then, with a sweet and sorrowful impulse to comfort him, she started from her chair, and, running to Midas, threw her arms affectionately about his knees.
He felt that his little daughter's love was worth a thousand times more than he had gained by the Golden Touch.
"My precious, precious Marygold!" cried he.
But Marygold made no answer.”

Alas, what had King Midas done? How fatal was the gift which the stranger had bestowed!
The moment the lips of Midas touched Marygold's forehead, a change had taken place. Her sweet, rosy face, so full of affection as it had been, assumed a glittering yellow color.
Her soft and tender little form grew hard and inflexible within her father's encircling arms.

O terrible misfortune! The victim of his insatiable desire for wealth, little Marygold was a human child no longer, but a golden statue!

It had been a favorite phrase of Midas, whenever he felt particularly fond of the child, to say that she was worth her weight in gold.
And now the phrase had become literally true...

From "The Golden Touch", a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne

This is a personal project I have been working on, on and off, during the last few years while I was in between movies. This story has been close to my heart since I was a kid, I just needed to turn it into images.
In 2022 I made a talk about storytelling through images at the GFD North in Manchester, during which I detailed my step-by-step thought process for this piece.
Those who are interested can acquire it on my Gumroad page at
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The Golden Touch.

Short teaser for a 50 minutes presentation I held at the GFD North festival in Manchester, back in 2022.
The full talk is available on my gumroad page:

Turntable 1.

Turntable 2.

Turntable 3.

Turntable 4.

The floor, fully done in Adobe Substance Designer.

Floor, still image 1.

Floor, still image 1.

Floor, still image 2.

Floor, still image 2.

Floor, still image 3.

Floor, still image 3.

Floor, still image 4.

Floor, still image 4.

Floor, still image 5.

Floor, still image 5.

The room.

The jug of spilled milk.

The flipped table.

The shattered jam cup.

The bread tray.

The bread.
I sculpted all the golden bread and used Megascan assets for the rest.

The breakfast knife.

The fruit.
I sculpted all the golden fruits and used Megascan assets for the rest.

King Midas.


The clothes.

Midas' gold wreath.

Midas' shoes.

Midas' bracelets.

Midas' rings.

Scene layout.

Scene layout. Closeup.