Wednesday, June 13, 2012

STEP-BY-STEP: Evolution of a Zombie Painting

A few months back I created a mixed media zombie work that was well received by my fans. Zombies have always been on my "things that are awesome" list, and with the Walking Dead being a huge success and the recent Miami zombie story (which is sad as hell) bringing zombies into the realm of current events, I figured I would post the progression of this painting.

1. I started the piece making abstract slashes and marks with the blue-green gouache color that occupies the majority of the background. Then I started to see the face within the marks and sketched out the general composition (still using the blue-green). After I had the basic forms of the zombie in place I went in with the flesh tones. I used a combination of generic "flesh" color, yellows, and reds to create the layers for the skin.

2. The next few steps involved building the mid-tones, highlights, and shadows. My goal was to push the values on the zombie face in order to make it pop. During these steps I stuck with the same color palette of flesh, yellows, and reds; occasionally using some of the blue-green to push the shadows further.

3. At this point I went in with black inks/pens to create the contour and cross contour lines on the zombie. With the gouache I continued to push the values of the flesh tones.

4. The final steps involved a bit more of pen and ink work. To finish it off I added more blood and splatter to the zombie in order to emphasize the fact that he was just chowing down on some fresh human meat.

If you have any questions about the brands of paint or inks/pens I use, just ask in the comment section and I will gladly get back to you. This piece is 18 X 24" mixed media on paper. If you are interested in purchasing this work please contact me by email

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