Marvel Zombies has been a huge hit for Marvel, but DC has thus far failed to follow suit by giving their universe of characters the zombie-treatment in epic fashion.
Because they’re too good to stoop to copycatting or whatever. Fools.
UPDATE: The bounds of my comic book geekiness have found their limit; Casey points out that JLA zombies appeared in JLA: The Obsidian Age, Book 2.
Enter Casey Love, former owner of a skateboard company turned freelance Hollywood creature designer. Casey’s amazing work has appeared and will appear in movies such as The Cave, Resident Evil: Extinction, AVP: Requiem, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Race to Witch Mountain, and Dragon Ball.
(Yes, Dragon Ball. So, thanks to Casey, not everything about that movie will completely suck steaming awfulness.)
Through a series of commissions, Casey has zombie-fied several members of the Justice League–including Batman, Superman, The Flash, and Hawkman–in beautifully-detailed, horrific, life-sized sculptures.
Casey patiently explained his process to me. (Apparently, “When’s the part when you make it look AWESOME?” is not a particularly insightful interview question.)
The time it takes on each project can vary depending on complexity of design etc. Everything starts with a concept, weather it be done on paper, in clay or digitally in the computer. I will also sometimes just start with clay or a what we call a “maquette,” […] a small scale sculpture that is created to show what the final design will be.
After the design is done, I will then create it at the right scale (lifesize or larger). An armature is usually created to sculpt onto so the clay will have a good support or structure to hold it in place. An armature is basically just a support, you can think of it like a skeleton made of aluminum wire.
If the design is to be a mask then I will sculpt onto a life cast which is a cast taken of an actor or person from the chest up.
For sculpting I literally must have hundreds of sculpting tools but I tend to stick to a dozen or so favorites. Each piece has to be prepped, seamed, base coated and then painted. I mainly use an airbrush as well as a brush for smaller details like eyes etc to paint my pieces
Uh. So. At which point, exactly, do you add the awesomeness, again?
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