Zombie Website: idrawzombies.comFebruary 24th, 2012 |
A lot of people claim to love zombies. I love zombies with almost reckless abandon. And I try to promote the zombie agenda every chance I get. But really what I do with this blog pails in comparison to what Byron Rempel does on an almost daily basis.
If Byron’s name sounds familiar, it’s because you may have seen him talked about during our Halloween special. And if you have been on Google + at all, you have probably seen one or two of his zombie creations pop up across your news feed.
Now if you go to Byron’s website you probably won’t see much. It is fairly new, but you can see some of his amazing transformations. Byron takes Google + members and turns them into zombies. Yes you can probably go to any comic convention and commission an artist to draw you as a zombie (I actually recommend this, support your local artists!) but Byron works mainly in the not so easy to use medium of watercolor, not to mention the occasional marker, finger paint, bug guts, and even real blood. This can give his work a kind of surreal look that’s very befitting of the entire zombie condition. In a chat I had with him last night he reveled to me that one day he hopes to complete a project using just blood. Now that will be something to see!
The reason I’m writing about Byron’s work today is I wanted to bring awareness to the ambitious project he’s working on currently. Byron has embarked on a quest he calls the 1000 Zombies Project, where he will take the likeness of 1000 people and zombify them. Not only is he working towards a such a large work load but his project has a twist. The subject matter of every one of his works will be chosen by Google + users. According to Byron “This is a publicly funded and directed project.” He also goes on to say “…for example – if you wanted the Pope zombified, or Jesus, no problem. Maybe you want Hulk Hogan done just for shits and giggles, or a candid shot of your neighbor that you hate – go for it. You fund it, I’ll do it. Just no racism, hate or anything really stupid… I’ll mess up your boss for just 10 bucks!”
In addition to the no hate or racism exceptions Byron has also ruled out pornography for this project. But when he says you can pick any subject for his experiment, he means it. One recent commission requested that both he and his dog get the zombie touch. He has even done one of a fan and her child for a contest he did, although according to his posts he was really sorry for the child. You can also pick incidentals such as skin colors, and amount of blood and gore.
The minimum donation amount for a spot of the coveted 1000 is $10, but according to his website he will gladly accept larger donations. Donations go toward buying the supplies needed for the project as well as a portion of his living expenses as he has devoted all his time on this project and will not be accepting other commissions until this one is complete. If you would like to commission a zombie please see his website for instructions on how to donate via PayPal or money order.
If you would like to follow Byron and his project on Google + you can add him to your circles using this link. Don’t forget to support him by +1ing his pictures and sharing them when you can.
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