Zombie Drawings – How to Draw a Zombie in 3 Easy Steps

Zombies are a favourite character to draw, as they are the dead, rotting and all that horror stuff we shouldn’t have been allowed to watch as a child, but our grannies let us. George A Romero created the classic dead trilogy of films, which spawned many other imitation Italian and Spanish zombie films that were banned, only to be reissued years later after an overhaul in the ways that films were dealt with, ones that were classed as video nasties.

I would like to go through a description of how to draw a zombie character and the processes you should be thinking of in any character creation process for that matter. After watching the zombie films you begin to realize that these zombie characters are personalities in their own right, as they take on board some of their last memories, so there could be zombie clowns, zombie lawyers, and zombie bikini clad biker babes (that last one is naughty yes!)

So remember this when beginning your zombie designs and sketches and some will be far more decomposed than others. Which is an obvious thought to think about. So an understanding of the human skeleton comes into force also, as parts of the skeleton may show if allowed, depending on how gory you want your zombie art to look.

Step 1: Loose Sketching, Squiggles and Doodles

A few sheets of A4 paper will allow the loose sketching stage, I often tend to draw rather vaguely at this stage and build up my sketches as miniature doodles and creative pencil lines that would make up a cohesive design or character profile, these preliminary drawings should be the basis of your best ideas on zombie drawings and this practice is quite useful in any concept drawing.

Often drawing a load of scribbles and squiggles can help to exercise your drawing arm and the point of hand eye coordination, so if nothing productive comes from this method, then the next best thing is using some reference material to get you inspired this often works, or even listening to some music can help with your creative flow of ideas.

Step 2: Making Your Doodles Into Progressive Concepts

The next part of your drawing step is to bring some sort of progress to your art, to transcend from the layout stage and build something better, building on the ideas you have already established is the key to some good zombie art drawings.

As I said above an understanding of the skeletal form can benefit your zombies in many ways, as you can draw bones and ribcages sticking out and other horror elements. This is far more memorable for zombies. New concepts should always focus on quick sketches rather than highly detailed drawings, because that comes later on, trying to draw quickly with vaguely knowing what you want is good for an artist to flex there artistic ways.

Step 3: Refining Your Sketches Into Revised Drafts

A lot of the quick sketch lines begin to fade out at this stage because you need to identify the solid structure of your zombies and bring them to life (or not cos’ they is zombies!) movement lines may be added to suggest motion and undead life.

See a zombie example on my blog, a finished version of the zombie that I created for this article over a year ago, and see what you can come up with!