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How To Draw A Zombie Face

Updated on January 8, 2010

First Zombie Face Sketch

As you can see, sort of an oval shape with an irregular top on it. This is just your first sketch so don't worry too much!
As you can see, sort of an oval shape with an irregular top on it. This is just your first sketch so don't worry too much!

Drawing A Zombies Face

Zombies, the uglier the better, remembering from the zombie films I always liked it best when the zombies had half of their faces hanging off, they are much better to draw when part of the skull shows through.

Zombie are great to draw in numbers, but for now we will just be drawing a zombies face.

So to start off, it is best to do an oval type shape for the whole head, draw lightly and don't concern yourself about the exact ovalness, because I sure don't. As you can build on it later, I roughly mark out the eyes and the mouth at this stage, just to have a reference for how I want the mouth and eyes to look like in my mind. Details don't matter at this point.

Fleshing Your Zombies Face Out

Light details added, but not too over the top at this point, you can do that at the next stage of zombie drawing.
Light details added, but not too over the top at this point, you can do that at the next stage of zombie drawing.

Zombie Face Structure Evolves

 Your zombie face drawing evolves in this next stage and you start to draw a few sketches to fill out the face of your zombie, the cheek bones are defined, then the eyes and the mouth aligned with the teeth are all drawn in a bit more detail, but still quite lightly as I may change some of the structure of the zombies face to show it rotting or bleeding.

Add Darker Pencil Lines On Zombie Face

The third zombie face drawing sees an extension of the previous step with more details which will make the final drawing.
The third zombie face drawing sees an extension of the previous step with more details which will make the final drawing.

Darken Your Pencil Lines

 The next step is to draw with more darker pencil lines to add more detail and form to the piece as well as clarity, by clearing up the whole zombie face design your zombie starts to take shape now.

The angry look of the zombie is optional as some zombies look quite different, some look dopey, others look enraged with the rage virus, others just look puzzled, it's up to you to convey a sense of zombie likeness that we know and love from the films.

Ink Your Zombie Face To Darken It Even More

Adding black ink to the face of the zombie you can add more detail here.
Adding black ink to the face of the zombie you can add more detail here.

Ink Your Zombie Face

 Adding ink is just an option, but I think it really brings the line work together and it shows what you can achieve when you look back at your original planning sketch in step one, the black line work helps to contrast the white papers surface and brings your drawings forward and they really stand out.

Drawing A Zombie Head Video

I Drew A Zombie Face!

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      10 years ago

      that was aweful

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      tanner hindall 

      10 years ago

      I am a good drawler its just i like to draw stuff that could be in a comic book a or a really cool flipbook.

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      jack smith 

      10 years ago

      im a bad drawer and i mean BAD im making a movie with zombies in it so tax 4 the help dude :)

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      Wayne Tully 

      10 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      I just used to draw a lot and still do and never ever stop and I alos draw what I like and that's comic book fantasy stuff a lot of the time.

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      10 years ago

      your a cool drawer how did u do it

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      Wayne Tully 

      11 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yeah it does Bob, thinking about it I'm sure I first drew this whilst watching the dark knight, so yes probably inspired by that!


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      11 years ago

      Looks like Two-Face. . .

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      Wayne Tully 

      11 years ago

      Cheers rye rye,. sofia and wyatt! I know when my book comes out I'll have some good drawing tutorials in that!

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      11 years ago

      You need a lot of work

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      11 years ago

      love your drawing and i am 8 years old 3 grade bye

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      12 years ago

      I would LOVE to see more of these!!!

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      Wayne Tully 

      12 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers there Robert!

      I know those drawings sometimes I didn't want to leave them like that, as you can barely see them first few pencil drawings, I will try to re do these as to make them a lot clearer. I may have to retrace the original drawings but with a softer pencil for them to show up clearly.

      The way I've tried to do it, is to do the first original drawing and then try to retrace a lot of the steps that I remember taking by using my lightbox, that way I don't start off and then the drawing falls apart as I like to do the drawing first and then realise the step by step process.

      That watercolour tutorial method sounds a lot better, drawing in pen for each step.

      One things for sure, once I work this out, I'm going to write a few ebooks in the future with totally new tutorials once I've invested in some photoshop software to make them look superior in quality.

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      12 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      This is great. I love your series of classic comics style drawing tutorials. One suggestion. I've run into this problem too -- pencil lines just don't scan. I tried different things to deal with it, one by darkening the contrast and the scan till they were at their most visible (that helps and leaves the page gray), another by using lines stronger than I would if I were actually doing the drawing and repeating the entire tutorial from the beginning for each step. IE step one scans, then step 2 still has guidelines showing from step 1, then I do the whole thing again to step 3 to show the point all the guidelines are erased instead of trying to erase heavy pencil.

      One that I recently saw in some watercolor tutorials rocks -- putting a piece of tracing paper or acetate over the drawing and tracing each stage in pen to create something scannable. That way I don't have to redo the art almost as many times as I've got scans but it's even more visible than the soft 6B pencil approach.

      It seriously annoys me to lose the lightest value scale on everything I scan, it can hurt paintings too.


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