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10:06 PM on 09.10.2010 // ceark
Dressed to re-Kill, Conrad Zimmerman in Dead Rising, work in progress

Along time ago, I made photography contest on DTOID. The rules were to simply make a photo comic of yourself in your favorite game of the time. The winners, would get a painting of them in that game.

Rio McCarthy, being the only female entrant, won the girl's contest by default with this entry (Persona 3):


and maybe like 9 months of procrastination later, I painted this for her (Rio as a prototype anti shadow weapon, pre Aigis if you will):

You can see the larger image on my side bar.

The guys category had several more entrants. The winner ended up being Conrad Zimmerman (who wasn't an editor at the time). Here's his entry (Dead Rising):


Now keep in mind, this contest was in February of '08. That means I've procrastinated for OVER 2 and half years now. I really suck.

I had a really difficult time deciding what to paint. I started over many times. Eventually I settled on the idea of Conrad getting dressed in a mall shop, weapons lying about, zombies pressed up against the windows (thus fitting the original consumer-zombie commentary that a lot of zombie lore rose from). One of my favorite parts of dead rising after all, was just changing clothes since it was so humorous that you would bother to do so while thousands of zombies wandered about.

I started blocking out this painting probably about a year ago, and then things got really busy at work. When you work all day doing artisticy things its hard to find motivation to do it when you get home. Terrible excuse I know, but I somehow just completely forgot about this again, for like the 5th or 6th time.

Anyway, I recently rebuild my computer and was copying over files to my new machine. While sifting through the folder, I found the work in progress of conrad's painting. The painting itself is only like 20% done (it's still in blocking stage). I used a photo of a shoe store I found for reference in the basic lay out of the store. It's missing alot of elements and fine details (weapons, clothes, blood, more zombies, clutter, etc.) since it's only in blocking stage.


Conrad's face has been roughly blocked out as well. It's not quiet "conrad" yet but its in the ballpark.


One of these days, I WILL finish this painting.
one of these days....
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