THIS ZOMBIE'S AIRTIME
Whimsical Story Text–
This zombie had one desire, to consume brains... after he was done with that though he had a second desire, to dunk a basketball on a regulation height basketball hoop. Acting solely on impulse and instinct he made his way to the closet in his bedroom and slowly put on a fan jersey from his favorite team that he bought when he was living. He leisurely looked around his room for a ball and none was present. Then he broadened his search and as he shuffled from sporting goods store to sporting goods store, he sadly found no ball that was inflated enough to use. As he stood under what looked like a flickering spotlight in an otherwise pitch black store that was in the last store in the city, his shoulders rounded forward and his posture sank. Then, remembering his head had been knocked off last week he removed it... He knew this could work. Next, to locate a hoop.
His perseverance was rewarded and on the eve of the 8th year of searching city courts the regulation court was in front of him to behold. If only he could feel awe he would have certainly felt it in that moment. He sauntered towards the hoop with his head in hand and he lackadaisically drew nearer and nearer. He lunged because it was the only other walking movement he knew and as a result of speeding up, while being 96% less coordinated as a result of not being alive, he took one big stomp and then a bigger stomp. The biggest stomp was the third and the fourth stomp got him airborne. With no cameras flashing or crowds cheering this zombie now soars towards the hoop of regulation height...
I love zombies. The world loves zombies. The biggest influence on my feelings towards the undead was George Romero. The films Dawn Of The Dead and Day Of The Dead were the two film I remember most fondly. The striking visuals in each film respectively had me repeatedly impressed. Day Of The Dead was a film I watched over and over on VHS. The effects were so magical to me I remember pausing and scrubbing the gorier portions in slow motion to see if I could figure out how they did it. Subsequent to those films and years later I played and loved Resident Evil on the Playstation when it came out and the zombie's place in my mind was solidified. Since then I have put the likes of zombies with my favorite types of monsters.
This is one I mostly had fun with. I illustrated it for 13 days straight. I initially drew it at almost 5 feet high by 4 feet wide at 300ppi in photoshop. It took me on a 117 hour artistic journey of highs and lows, it had me researching anatomy, and thinking about marrying realistic decomposition with aspects of fantasy, not-too-graphic decomposition. It was an enormous learning experience- as an example the black line work for the left shoe by itself took me 7 hours and sketch then complete. And now I know I can draw a pretty nice basketball show. It taught me a lot about perspective too, which has always been a huge challenge for me.
The pose bears an obvious resemblance to a famous silhouette that I loved from my past in the 90's and I had some reservations about illustrating it because copying something is never what I want to do. I was however continually so amused by the thought of a zombie dunking its own head instead of a basketball that I pressed on and the result is something I believe is different enough from the original to stand mostly on its own although the foundation of the silhouette are loosely present. At this point though none of the limbs are in the same place, the organs are exiting the body, and the head is in place of the ball. If that isn't different enough from an image that was once a simple black silhouette I will remove it from the site, please let me know what you think because I would like to hear it.
It was me! https://clothingonhumans.com/pages/me-jeff, this is one I wanted to illustrate myself and I am very glad I took on the challenge.
My Favorite Aspect Of The Art—
The organs' motion and color. There is an amount of wetness that I rendered on them that I really enjoy looking at. I love the socks as well. And the left thumb's design. My most appreciated element of this art is completing it!
About The Shirt–
100% Organic Cotton Made By Groceries Apparel and in their words– We manufacture in our own Los Angeles, CA factory to ensure our standards are fully executed. Vertically-integrated, local, and traceable production maximizes quality, efficiency, and employee pay, and minimizes redundancy, waste and our carbon footprint.
DTG printing by T-Shirt Storm in Orange County with water-based inks.
I am wearing a size MEDIUM in the pictures!
The shirt pictured is a prototype. I get antsy and revise the designs on occasion and the shirt you get may be slightly different than the one that's shown here. If it is different it is all for the better in my opinion!
The Shipping Box And What's In It–
Packing supplies by EcoEnclose and all printing by greenerprinter. Packed by me, and shipped by USPS Priority.
It is my goal to ship shirts as soon after they get ordered as I can. Since these are more uncertain times for business as well as individuals I am estimating anywhere between 1 to 3 weeks. I think the shirt is worth the wait and if you don't, then for now, hold off on ordering. Maybe sign up for the mailing list to get updates.