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Zombei atack

Hey all,
Here's my second finished Harajuku Zombie. Learning a lot more about what will work and what won't with this process.
This one was a blast. I knew that I wanted something big and yellow in the background, and a school bus popped into my head. I didn't want to render it out, though, so I thought it would be cool if there was a stucco type wall behind her that some kids went ape shit on with crayons. I asked my cousins to draw a bus for me. I knew that I wanted stick figure zombies, so I started working on them. They all turned out full of gesture and in the end looked like an adult trying to emulate how a kid draws stick figures.
I went over to a friends house the following week and there on his fridge was a drawing his nephew had done of a big zombie battle. His had a helicopter, and was labeled Zombei atack. It was so perfect I couldn't believe the coincidence. So, like any good artist I totally ripped him off.
Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Emma and Alex for the school bus, and Archer for the zombies and the blood, and the awesome spelling of Zombei atack.
I was concerned about attaching actual lace to the painting but I think it worked out well.

So, this painting has acrylic, oil, crayons, colored pencil, and various collage elements. I forgot how much fun coloring with crayons is.

Hope everyone enjoys,

Jim

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Reader Comments (3)

This came out fantastic. Both the final and the initial grayscale versions are so nicely rendered, and the concept is just off-the-wall fun and unique, I can't wait to see more of them painted up. Please tell me you plan to publish a book with this series in it? These need to be in a nice coffee table book. =^) I think it would be really fun, if you haven't explored this idea already in one of your pieces, to have one character featuring apparel based on a cute, iconographic character like Hello Kitty. Using either the actual icon or a parody of it would definitely resonate with Japanese Pop Culture, and clearly you nailed that with the sailor uniform in this piece.

A friend of mine spent some time in Japan and told me about a trend that has begun to become increasing popular in which young men are starting to wear more feminine clothes and young women more masculine attire. Sort of a role-reversal type of appearance. I found this a little unusual, but not surprising when you consider that many japanese male characters in animation have a bit of ambiguity and androgyny to them and many female characters take on the less traditional role of a powerful, commanding character. This might be something to look into for one of your pieces, but don't quote me on it, I may be off on my info. I'd do a little research first on this fashion trend.

Thanks for sharing your work!

April 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Hey Jim,
This turned out awesome! The painting is great and the contrast between the zombie girl and the chalk drawing background is perfect. And what a fun and ingenious idea to get real kids' drawings. It looks so authentic that way. Great stuff!

April 13, 2010 | Registered CommenterEmily Fiegenschuh

Thanks Jason and Emily,
Scott Purdy and I are doing a series of zombie portraits. We've got a blog http://beautifulflesh.blogspot.com. These are things we are just working on in our spar time and putting up on the blog. Hopefully once we have enough done someone will want to make a book out of them.
I've been tying in little bits of anime reference here and there. There's a Naruto button in this one, and a Sgt. Frog nose ring in the first one I finished. I'm fortunate enough to have a Japanese bookstore near me that gets all of the fashion mags imported, so I'm able to keep up on the fashion stuff. I will admit it feels a little strange being a tall middle aged white guy thumbing through Japanese fashion magazines, but whatever.

Thanks again,

Jim

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJim Pavelec

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