We've been having a lot of fun at Donald Trump's expense in our 7 Days section (and elsewhere), but this week's SFR cover story was a little more serious. Contributor Bert Johnson's feature delves into the thoughts of Mexican citizens in regards to proposed Trump policies in Mexico. It's a fascinating read, but have you noticed the almost-nauseating artwork on the cover?
Like some sort Jabba the Hut-esque monstrosity, Trump’s visage oozes out of the edges of the cover and looks almost as if you could reach out and touch it in all of its horrible spray-tanned glory. It is so recognizably Donald Trump, but exaggerated in a way that is, while humorous, worthy of just how terrifying the man himself can be.
The startling clay face was created and sculpted by SFR's very own art director, Anson Stevens-Bollen. "He's just such a character and he deserves to be made fun of, I think," Stevens-Bollens says during a hectic deadline day. "I just thought that his plastic appearance needed more than an illustration; it needed to look more realistic, but more plastic-y."
The final step was to colorize Mr. Trump in PhotoShop, a process Stevens-Bollens estimates took him around two hours. "I could've used paint, but I think that would've taken away from the texture," he says.