(I’ve always wanted a curly¬†mustache)

Some reference used for the facial structure.

I remember back in 2007 when I started watching the behind the scenes of The Lord of the Rings (Extended Editions) when my mind was blown wide apart by the artisans behind the magic at WETA. I honestly found the process of building and creating the world of Middle Earth more appealing than the films. There was even a moment where I seriously¬†considered¬†“trying” to get a job at WETA. My concept art/design folio was non-existent, so I didn’t care if I had to clean the toilets, or peel the potatoes in the kitchen – I just wanted to be part of it. And in early 2008, when the rumourmill was in full effect with news that The Hobbit would be in the works, my desire to ship over to New Zealand (where WETA is based) only became more powerful.

Anyhow, ahem. Fast forward to today.

PS. Back in my day, I bought the Extended Editions for $210!