Every once in a while a job comes along that you just can’t pass up. I was asked by WIRED magazine to do an illustration for their “Angry Nerd” column. This issue’s column was about how Gollum from Lord of the Rings should be looked at as an anti-hero and not as a villain. The Art Director Bradley Hughes wanted to show the duality of the character and somehow make a portrait combining the column’s author Chris Baker along with Gollum. We went through a handful of ideas until we somehow landed on the idea of Gollum’s face tearing through Baker’s. And since we were already going the horror route, I decided to push it even further by imitating the printing techniques and color palette of the horror comics I grew up with.
As doubtful as it may have seemed at first, I ended up really liking the finished piece. It’s not every day that a job like this shows up in your inbox, and I really appreciate that the art director was willing to turn me loose on this and really make it one hell of a weird illustration.