From photo to sketch to painting to portrait to your mailbox!

Your role in the Zombie Portrait creation process is DEAD simple. All you have to do is place an order and email your photo to Rob Sacchetto. The hard work starts when Rob receives your payment and digital photo, grabs his paints and kicks his warped brain into gear.

Below, Rob Sacchetto briefly documents his Zombie Portrait design process. As you can see, it is incredibly involved.

I start in on the face, with a foundation of washes.First a flesh tone wash, then what I call a ‘trauma’ wash followed by other areas of major color. I work my way down, using finer and finer brushes painting in more and more detail as I try to capture the look of peeled back flesh, highlights, shadows and depth.

Following the paint phase, the detail of the sketch must be restored with pens and ink. In this final phase, Rob add the details that make his zombie portraits truly stand apart.

I redo all the minor details and minute features in ink. This the most meticulous part of the entire process so I often doodle little skulls and images. Look closely at you portrait.

Rob firmly believes that no portrait is truly done and that, like snowflakes, no two zombies are alike. Given time, Rob will constantly tweak his zombie portraits with highlighters, white-out and even pencil crayon before another commission hits his inbox and he is forced to move on.also like to hide secret subliminal images like little ghosts, skulls and other things in the portrait details to have some fun. Most clients aren’t even aware that they are in there.[/blockquote]

On average, Rob spends 4 to 6 hours on every Zombie Portrait.

The entire process begins with pencils. Believe it or not this is the most important part of the process. These are custom portraits so likeness is absolutely paramount. I have to make sure that placement and proportion is absolutely spot on – which is why a quality photo is important. I look at light, facial structure and start creating a festering zombie that is still recognizable as the client.

In addition to getting the likeness, the sketch phase allows Rob to brainstorm and plot the placement of his rot details. Removing the skin to reveal the flesh beneath is a difficult process as the face must still be recognizable and the anatomy must also make sense. Following pencils, Rob begins the painting process.

The Zombie Portrait Process