Zombie inspiration

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Rebecca Hubbard looks at some re-animated artwork

Zombies have been on my mind recently. With the theme for issue 3 of Irregular Magazine being Undead, zombies have been part of the conversations in my life a lot more than usual.

There are quite a few zombie models on the market now – Hasslefree, being a manufacturer whose name springs quickly to mind, but they’re aren’t the only ones.

For me, zombies mean dioramas, so I went for a browse on Flickr to see if I could find some inspiration.

Zombie by Doors of Conception from Flickr

Zombie by Doors of Conception from Flickr

This fantastic, if rather gruesome start to my search is a textured 3D model by Doors of Conception. I particularly like the bullet hole in the skull, but the decayed skin, and faint hair remnants make this a great reference piece for painting. I’ve added this one to my favourites!

Artwork by r8r from Flickr

Artwork by r8r from Flickr

I really love the humour in this cartoon. It gives me some ideas for some alternative dioramas. The nervous expression on the zombie’s face is beautifully at odds with the curiosity on the children’s faces.

Artwork by Halcyonsnow from Flickr

Artwork by Halcyonsnow from Flickr

The zombie cop – a genre classic. This image is full of little details, and it’s good to remember that when painting, especially dioramas, as it’s the details that really make a piece stand out and be memorable. Make sure you click the image and see the larger views of this one.

Artwork by the Figbar from Flickr

Artwork by the Figbar from Flickr

What I like about this piece, is not the way you first notice the foreground characters, and then, as your eye drifts further into the picture you see some really fun touches in the zombie crowd. The choice of colours here is one of the reasons the characters at the front stand out so well. Anyone want to convert a zombie hunting Bono?

Artwork by Rafael Tavares from Flickr

Artwork by Rafael Tavares from Flickr

This image, although grotesque has a soft ghostlike quality that makes it less off putting. I like the treatment of the eyes, and how they are looking a the viewer. The bloody maw has me reaching for the Tamiya Clear Red to make some gooey effects.

Hope that’s given you some food for thought! Please post pictures in the group pool if you make any zombie pieces any time soon!

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