I was privileged to have creative control on this commission, my only instructions were, 'I just want it to be gold.' I couldn't just throw a gold background under the photo he provided. I gave him two choices, the first draft I sent him included a negative shape pattern abstraction. I thought he'd lean more toward the abstraction but he ended up liking the one I enjoyed making the most. As I usually do I thought out the box. My best friend is in the cash for gold business and I always find myself intrigued with the idea of melting the metal. And that became my eureka moment. I created the melted gold effect but it wasn't working for me but I felt committed to the imagery. So I flipped it upside down and instead of the gold melting over his face the effect became more like a golden Venom like symbiot taking over my clients body.
-Earl 'Wolf' Davis