Saturday, August 6, 2011

How To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse

How To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse
(12x18in acrylic and aerosol on canvas, 2011)
(Photo credit: Diana Duzbayeva)

Up and at 'em, recruits! Zombie Apocalypse Training commences immediately! Just joking actually, no zombies around. Stay on your toes though. Here are some process photos of a piece I created to be the DVD cover for my homie Dave's new zombie movie. You may remember him from such films as the recent ROC documentary - he did ..umm... actually everything haha. He wanted something kind of inspired by the Resident Evil 1 cover, among other things - a dude surviving solo against evil. Some of my other inspirations were Bruce Campbell and the Evil Dead/Army of Darkness vibes - I chose to handpaint everything instead of insert the text digitally because I wanted to give it a touch of that cheap, crooked D.I.Y. aesthetic that is a big part of the history of zombie movies, but still update it and reference the impact of typography on recent zombie movies. Dave didn't want the look of cover tied to the rest of the look of the movie at all (which is kind of an old school B-movie trick) so it gave me a lot of creative freedom. Time was tight because Deadfest, the horror festival that Dave is dropping the premiere at, is opening right away. If you are a fan of zombies, movies, or any combination of the two, check out the temporary trailer for How To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse here (the first 35 seconds) on the youtube channel of my other friend and fly video effects wizard Arthur Mah, who is responsible for the visual effects and titling (as you'll find out if you keep watching his video, which you should). I'll definitely post a link when Dave has the full movie online - it's zombie-ish, violent, funny, and probably not for the squeamish. Ok, Until next time, remember: the only good zombie is a double-dead zombie! (no offence at all to any zombie readers).

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