Cap­ture the mood of a hor­ror film

Gra­ham Humphreys re­veals the think­ing be­hind his sound­track cover art for the film Zom­bie Flesh Eaters

ImagineFX - - Studio Profile - Gra­ham Humphreys Coun­try: Eng­land Gra­ham made a name for him­self by paint­ing the poster art for films such as The Evil Dead and Bas­ket Case.

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.

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