Zombie Painted Face by John Bloodworth Gentleman Crafter (20)

Happy Halloween, Funny Face

Some celebrate it, some dread it. Either way, Halloween gives us a justified opportunity to explore our darker side and use some colour combos that just wouldn’t work at any other time of year.

So that’s just what I did. Out with the toxic green, ghoulish purple, zombie teal and ghostly white and canvas at the ready – time to get zombified!

This project actually started with a bit of an experiment when I was looking at acrylic painting pouring.

The canvas once dried did present me with a challenge as I didn’t feel that it represented that technique well. So it got shelved.

On deciding to create a zombie-selfie I was having a rummage and found it again. Perfect!

The paints that I dug out were the same ones that I’d used to create the background so I was a tad worried that these would disappear into the background so I nabbed the colours that I mentioned earlier in the post – more zombied anyway.

I began by sketching out a rough face shape – loosely bases on my mush – and began to block in some colour.

Zombie Painted Face by John Bloodworth Gentleman Crafter (1)

More blocking was added and a little dry brushing.

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Not quite grungey enough for a zombie face though.

Time to shabby this up!

I mixed some of the paint with an acrylic flow medium – a little more than was recommended as I wanted it to have a translucent look and also to ‘bubble’ when I scrubbed it onto the canvas.

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That worked well!

Here’s a closer look at the T-Shirt detail.

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You may also have noticed that on the face I added a little green glaze around and over the eyes.

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Gave them a little more dimension I thought. Do you agree?

A hint of what I did to the beard can be seen in the image above too. Here is the manly waxed tash.

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I added it for a touch of class. That worked, lol!

As you saw, I also started adding highlights to areas like the lips, and lowlights to areas like the ears.

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Time to let it dry before the next stage.

I actually ended up leaving him be for a few days in which time a spider rang across his face and he gathered a little dust.

When I returned, I knew exactly how to finish it off.

I rummaged the stencil draw and the inkpad box and got to work.

The ink was heat set as it was going to take too long to air dry.

Time for to see this handsome chaps face in full?

Here you go …

Zombie Painted Face by John Bloodworth Gentleman Crafter (16)

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There we go! Me, only a zombie!

Actually quite proud of this creation. A nice little creative challenge that allowed my mind to wander and explore techniques that I don’t often get to use in my ‘day job’.

What do you think? Too ghoulish or just enough too give the kids a fright?

Thanks, as ever, for stopping by.

I’ll see you again soon hopefully.

J :)

8 thoughts on “Happy Halloween, Funny Face

  1. Hi John, watched all your features of the Go press and foil,if that’s what it’s called, however I’m more interested in your move to the west coast of Scotland, as that’s originally where I’m from and would like to know more about your move
    ,as a fellow crafter I’m always interested in what you’re doing,and at some point,I would like to meet up with you for a cuppa and a chat NB (I’m not a bunny boiler) you’re quite safe.
    The all counties challenge was a huge success,well done you! So what are you going to do next year to beat your success? All the luck in the world John,I don’t need to elaborate because I know that diversity is your long suit, keep going buddy. Psul

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    • Aye, moved up here in early May and don’t regret it for a second! Whereabouts are you now? Someday a coffee would be ace. Thank you for the compliments – don’t think I’ll ever be taking on something the size of the All Counties Challenge again though, lol. Maybe follow my original plan of working with glass.


  2. The pleasure you had comes through your description : ) Wonderful to get into some arty painty stuff rather than crafty painty stuff for a change. Ooh there’s the ‘ is craft art ‘ debate right there : )
    Love it!

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