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Header Picture Project: Featuring Erin Zingré!


Did ya’ll notice the awe­some new header at the top of the page? For the month of April, I’m so pleased to intro­duce Erin Zingré’s awe­some trashy hor­ror movie illus­tra­tion as part of the Header Pic­ture Project. Each month, I ask a new and tal­ented cre­ative to craft an image that revolves around the brown paper bag.


I absolutely love Erin’s work! As always, it’s avail­able in a full image as a petite 4″ x 6″ pic­ture print. Check it out in the Header Pic­ture Project store, where you can also pur­chase work by Perrin.

Below is a short inter­view I did with Erin. She pro­vided me with some in progress shots, which is always a treat to see.

Name: Erin Zin­gré
Loca­tion: Dal­las, TX
Web­site: www.erinzingre.com
What was your dream job when you were 7 years old? When I was 7, my dream job was a total toss up; I always waf­fled between want­ing to be a car­toon­ist and an archae­ol­o­gist. On the one hand, I loved to spend evenings draw­ing car­toons of this weird crea­ture named George Elk. On the other hand, I loved learn­ing about ancient Greece and Egypt, and even spent a few weeks build­ing a life-sized paper replica of King Tut’s death mask with my dad. To an extent both of those inter­ests have def­i­nitely shaped where I ended up today. I still love mak­ing silly, car­toon­ish images, and fos­ter­ing knowl­edge about ancient civ­i­liza­tions and their mytholo­gies have def­i­nitely informed the char­ac­ter design I do today.
Your pro­fes­sion now: Cur­rently I’m a graphic designer at the best design firm evar, Trac­tor­beam. It’s such a fun place to work; has really diverse, chal­leng­ing projects; and the peo­ple there are so great. We also have an office Razor scooter circa 1997 on which we all have races around the office. So, ya know, can’t beat that.


What’s your favorite thing to draw? I def­i­nitely love draw­ing silly crea­tures the most. I tend to be pretty OCD is most facets of my life, so I find it really cathar­tic and excit­ing to lose myself draw­ing what­ever mon­sters spring forth as I’m sketch­ing and then imag­in­ing a nar­ra­tive around that par­tic­u­lar crea­ture.
What was the inspi­ra­tion for this piece? The inspi­ra­tion for this piece actu­ally came as I was doing the dishes a cou­ple weeks ago. As I was clean­ing the kitchen, I found a half-eaten bagged lunch that had been sit­ting on my counter for over a week… suf­fice to say, the half-eaten sand­wich had turned pretty gnarly. When you gave me the illus­tra­tion prompt “…And It Came from Inside of the Bag” the visual of that gross, half-eaten sand­wich imme­di­ately popped into my head. I started to imag­ine the sand­wich being the vil­lain in a trashy, B-horror movie.


How did you cre­ate your illus­tra­tion? Was it any dif­fer­ent than your reg­u­lar process? I started this illus­tra­tion by research­ing a lot of vin­tage, campy hor­ror movie posters. I wanted the illus­tra­tion to feel gritty and the col­ors to be really obnox­ious and abra­sive. I did a lot of ink sketches of gross sand­wich mon­sters (which was a total delight!) before land­ing at one that felt appro­pri­ately scary and a lil’ derpy. After scan­ning in my ink draw­ings, I start com­posit­ing and col­or­ing every­thing in Pho­to­shop. This process dif­fered slightly than some of my other illus­tra­tions, which start out as vec­tor illus­tra­tions that I then fine-tune in Photoshop.


The moldy sand­wich is great. How do you think he became pos­sessed? Haha thank you! I like to imag­ine that the hor­mones and preser­v­a­tives injected in the turkey meat fes­tered, caus­ing the sand­wich to become radioac­tive, mutat­ing into a sen­tient beast. Enraged and feel­ing aban­doned that he was the only food stuff not eaten for lunch, he seeks vengeance upon the per­son who left him to mold. Only when he is eaten will the sand­wich be at peace.
Do you enjoy watch­ing campy hor­ror films? If so, what’s your favorite? Yeah, I def­i­nitely enjoy a good campy hor­ror film. Rocky Hor­ror Pic­ture Show will prob­a­bly always be my favorite. As a young’n, I also really liked the movie The Man with Two Brains. “Get that cat out of here!”

Thanks Erin! Now, go buy her print!

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