Saturday, May 14, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: How to Draw Zombies: Discover the secrets to drawing, painting, and illustrating the undead (Fantasy Underground)

Title: How to Draw Zombies: Discover the secrets to drawing, painting, and illustrating the undead (Fantasy Underground)

Author: Michael Butkus and Merrie Destefano

Publisher: Walter Foster

RRP: $19.99

ISBN: 9781600581977

Release Date: March 2011

Pages: 128


From the pages of great literature to Hollywood movies, zombies are appearing everywhere. Now aspiring artists can bring them to life, so to speak, by learning to render them with pencil, paint, and digital image-editing software. This comprehensive book gets into all the gory details, such as creating bloodshot eyes, forming robust brows, and imitating the look of pale, dead flesh. How to Draw Zombies also features 15 step-by-step projects that guide artists from initial sketches to finished works of art, including a Voodoo Queen, a gothic zombie, and even a zombie romance.

About the Author

Michael Butkus, one of the top entertainment illustrators and concept artists since 1986, has been involved in the advertising and production of more than 1,500 films and series. For the last 14 years, he has worked on countless film and television projects and received numerous awards for his striking visuals. Mike’s studio is located at Associates In Art in Sherman Oaks, CA. Merrie Destefano left a 9-to-5 desk job to become a full-time freelance editor and novelist, writing science fiction and fantasy. With 20 years of experience in publishing, her background ranges from award-winning graphic designer and illustrator to editor of Victorian Homes magazine and founding editor of Cottages & Bungalows magazine. She currently lives in Southern California with her husband, their German shepherds, and a Siamese cat.


The book is amazing and includes some great tips on how-to...Illustrations are very pretty, the author is obviously talented...but that's about it for the good part...

If you are a beginner or do not have a background in arts you probably won't find that book very useful.

The author expects you to have the advanced drawing and painting skills, that's why he does not explain the details of line weight, texture making, color choosing (etc, you continue it:).

Underground, a land where nightmares emerge from the mists of imagination. In this volume, the once-shrouded history of zombies will be exposed, from voodoo legends to magic curses, from cannibalism to scientific experiments gone awry. Renowned entertainment illustrator, Michael Butkus, and urban fantasy author, Merrie Destefano, lead you through the dark, twisted realm of the undead, where you’ll discover how to capture the likeness of one of the world’s most dreaded monsters: the zombie. You’ll learn how to create pencil drawings and acrylic paintings of this legendary creature, and how to manipulate your illustrations on the computer. Among the projects included are a voodoo queen, a zombie climbing out of the grave, a zombie out for a midnight snack, and the great zombie apocalypse. But consider yourself warned. You should probably read this book with all the lights turned on, and all the windows and doors locked. Because the zombies are loose. And the latest rumor is they’re hungry.

Learn how to create your own legion of the undead. All the information, inspiration, and instruction you need is right here.

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