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WWZ - The Great Panic by LordNetsua WWZ - The Great Panic by LordNetsua
Finally finished!

You can see the ENTIRE Photoshop time lapse here on youtube: [link]

Here's an illustration based on World War Z that I did for my last Conceptual Illustration project for university. I handed it in a while ago but have been chipping away at it slowly to get it to where I wanted. I added colour, more details and changed a few bits around.

There are some mistakes here and there, but overall I'm happy with this one :) I've spent many hours on it (10? 12? more than that? I dunno) but I think it's paid off in the end.

I actually listened to the WWZ audio book on youtube as I painted it (the night before it was due haha). It's a really awesome piece of zombie fiction and the audiobook is done really well by a variety of actors. Check it out: [link]

I used a LOT of photo references for this one and tried to get the zombies looking realistic and not too cartoony. I used a picture of my car as reference for the one in the foreground and a photograph that I took in the US for the sky. Heres the list of online references I used (the first one contains nudity):

Zombie headshot: [link]
Hoodie zombie: [link]
Running businessmen zombie: [link]
Crawling zombie: [link]
Zombie cheerleader: [link]
Skull zombie: [link]
Crouching zombie: [link]

This was all painted completely in Photoshop CS5, I'll be posting WIPs and a process video on youtube soon :) Enjoy!

2012 Austen Mengler.
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joseph-sweet Feb 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
If you're interested, The Deviant Nightmares Anthology is still looking for Zombie based art and fiction until the end of April for its 2nd annual publication. Checkout the rules here [link] Any other needed info, just note me or email
Nice work BTW
Enrico1946 Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The Great Panic, from above a dirigible spots the mayhem on the highway when the civilians were chased down by the the flesh eating zombies... that chapter creeps me out
Very cool image
More like the Great Picnic. Nice work man.
Kaipyro67 Aug 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This reminds me of the panic in New York in the story, zombies in the streets, people shooting randomly, Death, despair, ya-da-yada... Nicely done! (Thumbs up)
Coughx Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude. Ive listened to the Audio Book More Times than i can count... Its Amazing.
very cool, would you able to me to draw me one similar to this?
May-Woods23 Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Aah, now that's what my characters see when they look through the barrier seperating them from the battlefield. Great visual work for inspiration :D
The hooded zombie reminds me of hunters from L4D2 lol.
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