HOW TO DRAW ZOMBIE CARICATURES Let me start off by saying that I personally do not like to draw Zombie caricatures. It's disturbing to me drawing stuff that's "supposed to be dead". However I realize that this type of caricature drawing is gaining popularity, and since I'm committed to teaching you how to become a better, more commercially viable caricature artist, I've decided to share with you my insight ( though limited) on the subject. I was recently asked by a client if I knew how to do "Zombie Caricatures" . Being the entrepreneur that I am, of course I said, "yes I do!" promptly booked the job, and proceeded to learn how to do it. LEARN FROM THE BEST when you want to learn anything, you ought to learn from the best. And IMO the very best at doing Zombie Caricatures is SEAN GARDNER . https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zombie-Caricatures/160904467284444 To my knowledge, Sean is either the founder of this Zombie Caricature Movement, or at the very least the one who popularized it, and is most associated with it. I realize that I'm doing a tutorial on this, but if you want to see how the MASTER does it, please check out Sean. That's what I did. HERES WHAT I LEARNED FROM SEAN Keep in mind, when I saw I learned from Sean, what I mean is that I watched what he did, and studied his artwork. This is one of the ways artists learn. It's called (by me) the "Monkey see,Monkey do" method. YOUR FOUNDATION MUST BE SOLID Just because you're doing Zombie caricatures does NOT. Mean that you neglect the basics. What I mean by the basics is knowing basic facial anatomy, knowing bone structure of the skull, knowing how to color, and shade, and most importantly, HOW TO DRAW A DECENT RECOGNIZABLE LIKENESS. A Zombie caricature uses a RECOGNIZABLE likeness of a person as a point of DEPARTURE. If your caricature of your subject doesn't look like them drawing them normally, it certainly won't resemble them if you exaggerate them as a Zombie. Having said that, and assuming that you can first draw a recognizable likeness of your subject normally, doing Zombie caricatures is easy and a lotta fun! Here's why.... THERES NO "RIGHT WAY" TO DO THIS!! After viewing the variety of Zombie caricatures on Seans FACEBOOK page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zombie-Caricatures/160904467284444. I noticed immediately how different and varied each one was. There were pictures of Zombies who had bullet holes in their head, others had eyeballs missing, some had the tops of their skulls blown off exposing their brains, still others had foreign objects like pencils, spears, arrows, hatchets, even cell phones embedded in their skin and skulls. It became clear that in this particular form of caricature, your imagination could truly run not just wild, but amuck! And it made total sense! ZOMBIE "BASICS" It seems contradictory to discuss "basics" after telling you that your imagination could run wild,but I assure you, these basics are what give you the freedom to let your imagination run wild. In the Zombie world the human body is in a state of slow decomposition. As a result, each face is going to reflect that I various degrees. A face that you decide has been decaying longer is gonna be very different looking than one that has recently started. COLOR Remember, your subject is not supposed to be living" so replace the normal proverbial rosy cheeks with a gray pallor. or pasty white, or moldy green or a dull yellow. Remember that if you're drawing blood you can also you different shades of red. "dried blood" is a lot darker than "new blood" INJURIES Remember, your Zombie is an...er.. Individual in that their experiences are unique to them. So your Zombie may have a cracked skull because he tripped pursuing someone, another may have a spear through hus neck because someone threw it at them, etc. Etc. Which drawing try to come up with a story" why your Zombie looks the way they do. This is not a rule written in stone, it just makes drawing it a little more fun to do. DRAWING ZOMBIES LIVE Granted, it's a daunting task to draw Zombie caricatures at a live event with people watching in five minutes or less. To do this requires that you visualize on the spot the way you're going to jack up the persons face, then you execute what you've visualized , all the while maintaining a likeness of the person. But it can be done! The method I've used is to initially draw the caricature perfectly without a single flaw. After I've done this, I then add things like bullet holes, rips and tears in the skin, etc. Remember when you were a kid and you used to take a marker and deface photographs? (I hope you're not doing this as adults!) you'd blacken out eyes and teeth, maybe draw a mustache or beard. It's the exact same idea. But there's still an even better way to make you drawings freaky looking.