Header Picture Project: Featuring Erin Zingré!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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