“Andre De Freitas meshes his photography background with illustration by creating crystal clear, realistic drawings. The technique is well-suited to his Zombie Portraits series, in which he transforms adored cartoons and classic comic-book characters into grim, white-eyed zombies with menacing expressions and festering wounds. Although the eerie collection is the epitome of unsettling — it showcases a demonic Donald Duck and a desolate Charlie Brown — the detailing and color palette De Freitas employs is perfectly apropos for Halloween. See your favorite cartoon metamorphosed into an undead monster after the cut.”
Choose a famous figure/character that would be recognizable to most people… then zombify them! Paint a classic portrait in acrylic to show off the undead.
- Key features of your famous character (what makes them unique and recognizable?)
- Characteristics of a zombie / witch/ werewolf, etc. (What makes them look like these ghoulish monsters?)
- signature marks (eg. a witch’s wart)?
- “not-so-rosy” flesh colours?
- wardrobe characteristics”
- facial expressions”
- Can you successfully show off this transformation in a “head-shot” portrait?
- Lighting for that “eerie-effect”
- Background (choose a simple, non-distracting colour “mash” for your portrait backdrop – paint the entire page first)
- Colour scheme (choose a colour scheme that works well together – eg. blending a little grey into everything will “die” everything down.
- Stick to simple shapes and blend for shading