Capture the mood of a horror film
Graham Humphreys reveals the thinking behind his soundtrack cover art for the film Zombie Flesh Eaters
Graham Humphreys on his soundtrack cover art for Zombie Flesh Eaters.
he Death Waltz Recording Company commissioned this artwork for its launch release. Rather than reuse known campaigns or posters for its catalogue of film soundtracks, the concept is to create new art by a variety of illustrators, with no specific instruction apart from that it should conform to a square format for the 12-inch sleeves.
The film Zombie Flesh Eaters remains a firm fan favourite and features one of the most bizarre zombie moments ever filmed: a zombie shark attack. My intention beyond capturing the imagery itself is about creating an atmosphere through colour and texture – something
Tfetid and uncomfortable. I want it to feel humid and rotten. There’s almost a hint of the Spaghetti Western about the film, and the stylised sun is a nod to the films of Sergio Leone.
I begin the process by taking screen grabs from a DVD, to collate a library of reference and inspire the layouts. I present nine sketched options; the choices prove more enticing than I expected and thus two illustrations are commissioned: one for the cover and one for a fold-out insert poster. This is going to be the cover art. I enlarge my selected sketch via a printout on a couple of A3 sheets and trace it on to the watercolour paper. I’m now ready to bring the idea to life.