Thursday, October 25, 2012

Dead on my Feet

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
Abraham Lincoln
You know what they say about men with big feet? They have big shoes!
Here are the partially completed feet (the pinkish ones are mine) after attaching the toes.

As you can see, I made the ankle attachments out of PVC.
PVC pipe is wonderful stuff! It's inexpensive, easily cut and joined, and comes in a variety of shapes.

Will I finish Dead Fred in time for Halloween? It'll be quite a feat!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Gettin' Digits

It's a pleasant thing to be young, and have ten toes.
Robert Louis Stevenson

This evening I spent some time rolling joints, toe joints that is, for my zombie. Construction is sculpted paperclay over paper tubes. Soon they will be joined to the cardboard feet and Dead Fred will be able to count to twenty (assuming he's barefoot).

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Zombie Torso, Part 2

I'll make a man of my scarecrow, were it only for the joke's sake!
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. Feathertop: A Moralized Legend

Here is the torso with the head attached; collar bones and shoulder blades have also been added. He's really starting to look alive - so to speak.

The white color is masony water-proofing paint to make him a little more durable.

Vertebrae are pieces from egg-cartons attached to the PVC spine. I want bumps to be visible once the flesh is added - for that emaciated look.

Shoulder blades are cardboard; collar bones are rolled-up tubes of newspaper.

Lots of work still to be done!:
  • Attach limbs
  • Insert eyeballs
  • Attach back of head; hair
  • Add decaying flesh, internal organs, etc.
  • Painting
  • Clothes (optional)
I got lots of how-to tips on zombie construction from The Devil's Workshop. Check it out for haunt ideas!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Zombie Torso

From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.

Here's the latest progress on my zombie. I wanted to see how hard it would be to make a skeleton (and zombie) from the burial ground up.
Honestly, it's a lot of work! (I'm dead tired.)

The spine is PVC pipe, the ribs are rolled-up newspaper and the pelvis is PVC and cardboard. Yes, I know the rib count isn't anatomically correct.
You can't tell from this image but the spine has a slight 'S' curve - just like in real zombies!

I was fortunate to have some honey-comb cardboard on hand, about 3/4" thick, to construct the pelvis. A little creative use of PVC piping and voila!

Elvis the Pelvis: front view

Side view
 Torso assembly. (Remember those? "All right, kids - report to the gym for Torso Assembly"!)

Hmmm ... the pelvis looks too narrow. I may have to make some modifications.
(Those ain't no birthin' hips!) In any case, it'll all look much better with decaying flesh on it.