List of Products:
Superstar Med Brown
Superstar Olive Green
Superstar Blood Red
Grimas SL6 brush
Face Painting Shop No.2 Brush
Face Painting Shop No.4 Brush
Kryolan Cream Colour Bruise Wheel
Kryolan Fresh Scratch
Sponge on base with a sponge unevenly loaded with Medium Brown, Mustard, Green and white so that you have a blotchy deathlike pallor. Darken the eye sockets with the black so that it’s darkest underneath the brow and fades out as you go down towards the cheeks. This makes a sunken appearance. Don’t reload the sponge, just use the remnants of the paint to darken around the mouth and lips. I like to paint a guide line for the brow shape and frown at this stage too. Use an S shape high at the outer edges and low towards the nose to make a deep frown.
To add a rotten look I like to use the Kryolan Bruise Wheel, dabbing unevenly with fingertips in random places. I pay particular attention to the temples, sides of the nose, hollows of the cheeks and hairline to make the face look gaunt and hollow. Again I use the dry Black sponge to shade the Cranium and cheek Hollows further.
Next I unevenly load up the Grimas SL6 brush with White, Mustard and Med Brown and press against my lips allowing the brush shape to form the tooth shape. I usually go over some of the teeth randomly with some black to make them look more rotten.
Again I use the drying black sponge to shade out the edges of the teeth. This makes them appear curved as they would naturally be along the jawline.
Next, using a sponge I blacken out my nose creating an open nasal cavity. I load up my The Face Painting Shop No.4 brush with white and lighten the brows, create some severed lip edges and severed skin around the nasal cavity.
Next using The Face Painting Shop’s No.2 brush and some Line Black I apply some uneven linework to bring out the wrinkles, and skin edges. Haphazard lines of varying thickness make the end result more believable.
Highlights can bring out the details further along the wrinkles, brows, teeth, severed lips and nose. I used a No.2 brush which helps it stand out from a distance but a No.0 or No.1 brush would make finer highlights. The design can be left here or it can be embellished further for a more gory impact…
Kryolan Fresh Scratch can be applied around the ripped mouth and nasal cavity to create the 3D raw flesh look. The elasticity of the product allows you to pull ‘fleshy strands’ across the facial features. Dragging the loaded brush handle across the cheeks or brows will create scabby looking scratches and a stipple sponge will create a convincing graze.
To finish the look mess the hair up and practice that Zombie Stare!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and learnt some new techniques about creating depth and dimension. This design can be simplified into a fantastic 3min design that can be used at those busy parties (just stop at step 5) or you can take it further to make a very high end Zombie in 5-10mins. I would really love to see pictures of your Zombies and please share any new techniques you discover that add a special something to your design!
I am as ever open to suggestions for what designs you’d like to see in future so please comment below the blog with your requests.