White Trash Zombie: Zombie Of The Week

Posted by Grey Friday, April 8, 2011

How do you make a zombie sexy? Here's how.

The winner for the silver medal from this year's Spectrum medals, artist Dan Dos Santo 's cover art for Diana Rowland's novel, "My Life as a White Trash Zombie", started from the words "Zombie Romance".

At Muddy Colors, Dos Santos explains his award-winning piece:

The AD (Art Director) was very particular that I make the heroine an obvious zombie, but still attractive. Apparently, someone had tried something similar not too long prior, and sales were disastrous. Making the cover more sexy than scary was essential. I sat down, and quickly drew my way through every trailer park and pink flamingo cliche I could think of. Nothing worked. But something about the pink stuck with me. I sometimes sketch in color (one of the great benefits of sketching digitally), and the moment I saw the way the dead grey skin would play off the bright feminine pink, I knew I had my cover.
To me, everything about the sketch seemed so perfect for the story... just the right combo of sexy, quirky and trashy. Yet, I was utterly convinced that they would NOT approve it. A pink book in the Fantasy section?! A cigarette in her mouth?! There was no way in hell the Sales Team was going to let me get away with this! I sent the sketch along with a short email that said: "Please, please, PLEEEAASE let me do this cover."
Their response... "We love it!"


Hit the jump to check out these early concept art and sketches. Better still, head over to Muddy Colors for a closer look at the process of the piece.







Source: Muddy Colors via iO9

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