Lord of the Rings was an awesome epic movie that made a lasting impression on pop culture around the world. The characters that were created by J. R. R. Tolkien was absolutely brilliant and amazingly creative. Some of my favorite characters from the movie where the orcs, the big trees, Legolas, and of course my special favorite, Gollum. I wanted to draw a figure of Gollum because I was watching the movie the other night and I was inspired to make a tutorial on “how to draw Gollum” step by step. I’m sure most of you guys followed the series whether it was from a book or from the flicks. Therefore you should also know that Gollum was once a Hobbit and he had a best friend that was related to him as well. I don’t want to go into the whole story but, I will talk a bit about how Gollum came to be the creature he is now. In the beginning his real name was Smeagol and he and the people of his race come from a place called the Vales of the Anduin. Although Smeagol was a Hobbit, they where more primitive than those that lived in the Shire. As he and his friend Deagol went fishing to celebrate Sméagol’s birthday, a fish pulled Deagol in the water. While Smeagol waited for his dear friend, he emerged up from the water with a gold ring. This was the ring that the evil Dark Lord Sauron wore before his death. Right away Smeagol felt a strong connection to the ring not understanding why. As they both gazed upon the ring the two began to battle over it in a vicious and wild way. Unknowing what he was doing, Smeagol murdered his good friend and hid his body so that it would never be found. When Smeagol returned home with the ring there was a noticeable change in his personality and nature. He started acting like an obsessed animal and his family began calling him “Gollum” because of the frightening and disturbing noises that he would make. Soon after that he was cast out of his family and he began to live on his own decaying and transforming into a creature. Gollum lived in a cavern for nearly five hundred years beneath the earth away from all mankind with his ring that he named “precious”. Although the obsession he felt for ring destroyed his being, his mind was not totally destroyed as of yet. Over time he became more and more infused with the ring. Then it was gone… Bilbo Baggins found the ring and after that Gollum was in constant anguish that his precious was with him no more. I love the character creation of Gollum and I think his existence was well thought out and written. My tutorial will show you “how to draw Gollum” from Lord of the Rings step by step. I hope you find this lesson helpful and useful, I shall return in a while with more for you all. Peace out and happy drawing!