Saturday, July 4, 2015

How to draw a zombie by Rob Sacchetto of!


Step 1
Zombies are made of people… PEOPLE! So, you’ll want to start off with a sort of stick man approach, and then perhaps flesh in your flesh eater with some clothes. Also, this is the time to do any rough working out things such as different head shapes and/or views.
Step 2
I continue fleshing out, tracing my initial design and adding some more details – features in the face, rips in the clothes, etc… I even try out some different hand shots.

Step 3
I again trace the previous drawing with more refinement. Since it sis going to end up being a colour drawing, I add a gut-rip so that we can see some nice juicy intestines. I also experiment with leg positions.
Step 3 Supplemental
On a separate sheet I try out some more streamlined leg positions based on the previous drawing.
Step 4
I now transfer the drawing to some Strathmore 400 series water color paper using a simple Hb lead from a mechanical pencil. I’ve opted for leg position #2, which I think works best.

Step 5
I put some initial washes of skin tone – gross muddy zombie skin tone on our living dead drawing. I like the muddy mossy look that watercolor gives when you mix it wet right on the artwork.
Step 5 Supplemental
Here’s a close up of the ghoul. There are some nice earthy tones in there.
Step 6
More washes for the cloths. I add the brown-black muddiness to the pants even before the blue dries, to give it that soaked in look.
Step 6 Supplemental
Even at this stage the far leg really appears to be receding.

Step 7
I lay down some more washes for the clothes and beef up the first two washes with the grey-blue, grey brown I’ve created for the shirt. He’s looking to be one cool ghoul.
Step 7 Supplemental
I add a little more blue-grey to the skin tone under the ripped clothes to make them appear to recede into the shadows.
Step 8
I add the red, red purple, blue and pink to the guts, gums, hands and elsewhere to get the gore happenin’.
Step 8 Supplemental
You can see by this detail that there’s a lot more than read in that there zombie’s guts!

Step 9
Now for the inking! I use a Staedtler Pigment Liner 0.2mm and 0.3mm for the initial stages of fine inking, and apply it right on top of the dry watercolour. I start with the head, letting the faint pencil lines guide the rot and gore details.
Step 9 Supplemental
A closer look reveals the reviled! I like putting in little craters where boils would have been or where maggots had exited the flesh.
Step 10
More detail in ink creates the textured look for the jacket, pants, mud and crust. It’s messy but still retains a controlled, steady pattern.
Step 10 Supplemental
You can still see some for the pencil lines, but everything blends in nicely to create that dirty muddy zombie look. I’d probably use a slightly different approach for a bikini model drawing… unless she was a zombie also.

Step 11
Once the details have been drawn in, I like to retrace major areas and outline them with a nice thick holding line. It emphasises the overall drawing and helps to further establish the order of surfaces (closer, mid-range, and furthest). Look at that one knee-see how it really appears to come forward, while the other leg recedes? Same goes for the ripped shirt around the guts, the left hand, etc…
Step 11 Supplemental 

A closer detail of the aforementioned holding lines… These are done with a brush pen.
Step 12
Ah, the finishing touches. A little bit of dust, quickly brushed in with grey-blue/black and yellow to make a dirty zombie reminiscent of pig-pen of Peanuts fame. And of course, the highlights. I use a soft white pencil crayon. Prisma color are best and then a white-out pen for the really hot highlights.
Step 12 Supplemental

1-2-3 Gore. Gore. Gore. A close-up reveals a nice, shiny gore-soaked slimy living dead man!

Hope you enjoyed this little lesson on creating the undead!

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