Monday, March 19, 2012
Saturday, March 3, 2012
The reigning best-selling sticker at Creative Oddities Studios happens to be the little beauty on the left there. It is called "Dead Girls Don't Say 'No'", a concept that was inspired by a t-shirt promoting the band "Cradle of Filth". I actually created 2 versions, one nude and one wearing a black bikini. I expected the clothed version to sell better than the nude (most people are squeamish about displays of nudity in pop-art), but the nude sticker is the only sticker that has actually sold. It seems most popular to buyers in the UK.
I couldn't even begin to tell you why it is so popular. I look at it now and all I see are problems I wish to correct, a common malady of all artists, or so I've been told. Given that I have been in a zombie-drawing streak, I'll probably release and updated version in the near future. My girlfriend asked what it is about zombie-girls that I find appealing.
Honestly, I'm not certain.
My first response is that the concept is simply humorous in a titillating fashion. There's the juxtaposition of corrupted beauty (scars, bite marks), sexual appeal (nudity, femininity), and danger (zombies eat the flesh/brains of the living). Humor, I have heard, is mostly about surprise. Sexually attractive rotting killing machines is an unusual combination.
My first encounter with a female zombie in fiction was the film Return of the Living Dead 3. My drawing of the zombie-girl from that film can be found in my "Beloved Dead" post in this blog. The zombie in Return of the Living Dead 3 was extremely sexually appealing as well as at times violent. I believe that some probably find that mixture appealing. There is also an aspect of tragic-love in the mix; despite this seemingly indomitable handicap (your lover is dead and likes to eat living brains) you manage to stay by her side and care for her. It's like Romeo and Juliet with a twist.