Monday, November 21, 2011

Rob Sacchetto - an Artist who Has Found his Place in the World of Zombies

I've heard of portrait artists, landscape artists, still life artists, floral artists, nature artists.......but Zombie Artists? If this is a new one for you, then its time for you to meet Rob Sacchetto.

Rob was born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario and is a lifelong artist and is for the most part, self taught. When it comes down to it, I cannot really imagine Rob graduating from an art college with a specialist degree in drawing and painting Zombies.

Rob says that he came to Zombieism, through the regular art route; production work, portraiture, commissioned work and eventually - he found himself working on several versions of his own comic book. (which is going into production next year).  Rob is single and he laughingly says that his default setting for life is to draw, draw, draw - and while doing so, figure out other ways to make a living with pencils.

Rob writes that he started an  online service in 2006,in which he handed paint people as the living dead, called Zombie Portraits. People would send him a J-peg of themselves or a loved one and he would illustrate them as zombies using traditional means with no computer photo-shopping involved.

The customer  then received a high res J-peg and has the original mailed to them.

Get this - he has so far, zombified over 2000 people all over the world!

As if that wasn't enough, it led to him  starting the  Zombie Daily, a blog where he posts a new original zombie drawing or painting every day! This site was started in 2008 and so far there are over 900 posts and counting. Not just that, Rob updates it with new content on a daily basis.

The formation of Zombie Daily led the publishing company Ulysses press to offer Rob two book deals, one for, "The Zombie Handbook:How to Identify the Living Dead and Survive the Coming Zombie Apocalypse", and for his next book, "Zombiewood:The Celebrity Dead Exposed".

Not only that, but his  Zombie Portrait service also caught the attention of noted zombie author Jonathan Maberry, which led him to include me as a named character in his book "Rot and Ruin".

Rob also created the chase card illustrations for that book and his follow-up "Dust and Decay",and he is featured in the documentary "Zombiemania" and provided the morphing zombie portrait drawings for himself and the other noted zombie experts who were interviewed, including George Romero, Tom Savini, Max Brooks and Greg Nicotero.

And talk about an expanding business. Get this.  His zombie art has been licensed for use on everything from puzzles to skateboard decks and many other products.

Rob invites readers to peruse his and websites and be prepared to face your fears!

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