From face casting to running foam latex, my classmate Michelle got to be my model for my toxic zombie makeup project. In honor of the new season of The Walking Dead it is zombie week in class. I actually made this sculpt all the way back in the fall, but running the foam was delayed several months. It was worth the wait though. I am pretty happy with the final project.
The assignment was simply to make a zombie makeup appliance from a live cast of one of our classmates. The mask was built to be applied in three parts: forehead, nose/cheeks and chin. This allows for greater range of movement for the actor and overall looks more natural. Gluing a solid sheet of foam latex to a person’s face can cause some weird folding and buckling to occur if you aren’t careful.
For this look I decided to go with a toxic or viral zombie appearance. In my mind she was exposed to some sort of highly infectious or corrosive chemical which resulted in her zombie state.
I made sure to include a number of boils, open sores, and a nasty infected eye to complete the character. The colour palette for this character was kept mainly to the pale yellow and green end of the spectrum, with a bit of purple in the shadows just to make everything pop.
Unfortunately due to my prosthetic mold not closing properly I had a rather nasty blending edge along the top where her forehead meets her hair line. It also just so happened that her hair was cut short on that side. I didn’t want to get her hair covered in blue in latex, so it is not so smoothly disguised as a cut of some kind along her forehead.
If I were to change anything I would probably go in and darken some areas up just for contrast. I would particularly focus on the areas where the blood just looks super red. I feel like the blood needs to look a little less fresh for this zombie girl. I think she also could have used a little black took lacquer on her teeth. My girl Michelle’s teeth are too clean and perfect for a sickly zombie design!
I would like to give a huge thanks to my friend and model Michelle. She was a good sport about me trying to fix the goof with the bad edge on the forehead, and she rocked the impromptu photo shoot we held in the classroom.
Michelle also appears as my model for my lizard forehead prosthetic in my portfolio. For more pictures of makeup and prosthetic projects I have worked on please feel free to visit my makeup and costumes page here.
Let’s start a discussion here. What are your favourite variety of zombie designs from TV or other media? Is there a specific type of zombie infection you think is superior? Let me know in the comments below.