Evilyn was a prop I created for Zombie Island, an interactive scare house that took place at the Decibel Entertainment Expo 2015 (www.decibelexpo.com). Evilyn was made with mainly recycled materials: Papier-mâché, chicken wire, masking tape, kite paper, old phone book pages, cardboard rolls, etc. She took quite a beating as she was punched out of the way after descending onto the terrified, unsuspecting patrons. She survived unscathed and sits in my studio waiting for her next opportunity to terrify someone. Here are some Work in Progress pics of my first zombie creation 😎.
It all started with the hand…..
Bristol board, wire, aluminium foil and masking tape
Kite paper for skin texture
Not very zombie- like but it’s a good base to start with
Making some adjustments
Kite paper covering the skull
Fabric to create some form and texture
Experimenting with paint for skin tones
Up close and personal.
I used some clay to fill in the eye sockets.
Body in motion.
Paper and fabric mache over wire mesh frame
Lurking in the corner…
Natural rope fibre was used for the hair.
Colours used for the skin tones: black, burnt umber, naples yellow, olive green, cadmium yellow, white , raw sienna, deep alazarin red, process magenta, pthalo blue.
Glue gun glue and varnish to make her look bloody.
Got some used hair extensions from a salon. No more rope hair!
There was once a large, stretched canvas that I was almost sure was cursed as nothing I painted on it seemed to work. I painted a semi abstract nude in blue. That didn’t work. Covered it with white paint.
A few months later, I decided to do a knife painting of an old familiar favorite, Boissiere House, otherwise known in Trinidad as The Gingerbread House. That didn’t work either. Covered it with white paint.
A few months after that, I decided to “try ah ting” and do a knife painting of Bob Marley. It worked 🙂
Here’s some work in progress pictures of Bob.
Bob Marley, Acrylic knife painting on stretched canvas.