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WWZ - The Great Panic by AustenMengler WWZ - The Great Panic by AustenMengler
Finally finished!

You can see the ENTIRE Photoshop time lapse here on youtube:…

Here's an illustration based on World War Z that I did for my last Conceptual Illustration project for university. I handed it in a while ago but have been chipping away at it slowly to get it to where I wanted. I added colour, more details and changed a few bits around.

I tried elements of photo-manipulation in the piece as well as digital painting, it didn't really pay off how I wanted, but was an interesting learning experience.

I actually listened to the WWZ audio book on youtube as I painted it (the night before it was due haha). It's a really awesome piece of zombie fiction and the audiobook is done really well by a variety of actors. Check it out:…

This was all painted completely in Photoshop CS5, but I used a LOT of photo references for this one and tried to get the zombies looking realistic and not too cartoony. I used a picture of my car as reference for the one in the foreground and a photograph that I took in the US for the sky. Heres the list of online references I used (the first one contains nudity):

Zombie headshot:…
Hoodie zombie:…
Running businessmen zombie:…
Crawling zombie:…
Zombie cheerleader:…
Skull zombie:…
Crouching zombie:…
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joseph-sweet Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
If you're interested, The Deviant Nightmares Anthology is still looking for Zombie based art and fiction until the end of April for its 2nd annual publication. Checkout the rules here [link] Any other needed info, just note me or email
Nice work BTW
Enrico1946 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The Great Panic, from above a dirigible spots the mayhem on the highway when the civilians were chased down by the the flesh eating zombies... that chapter creeps me out
avdsouza Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Very cool.
Legion1a Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Very cool image
411thr0n3 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
More like the Great Picnic. Nice work man.
Kaipyro67 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This reminds me of the panic in New York in the story, zombies in the streets, people shooting randomly, Death, despair, ya-da-yada... Nicely done! (Thumbs up)
Coughx Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude. Ive listened to the Audio Book More Times than i can count... Its Amazing.
zigglern Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
very cool, would you able to me to draw me one similar to this?
May-Woods23 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Aah, now that's what my characters see when they look through the barrier seperating them from the battlefield. Great visual work for inspiration :D
FairGwenevre Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
The hooded zombie reminds me of hunters from L4D2 lol.
kantabriga Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
leo729 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
ScrawnyJohnny Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student General Artist
best book ever
Cursed-Dead Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
mine of the man who shoots - priceless XD
I dare to if he would be missed a shoot, or if he ran out of ammunition <3
Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Fecking Wicked!!! Love It!!!
mjranum-stock Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
AprilMcGuire Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011   Digital Artist
freakin' fantastic!! :iconoriginalclapplz: :heart:
Moving this deviation from our regular folders over to #GotZombie's feature folder. :love:

:peace: :heart: & :zombie:,
Bobbishe Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
OblivionJunkey94 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Bloody outstanding work of art hope that dudes got a lot of bullets or he's gonna have to join the undead hoards great work again ;]
klauskaos Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
good working perspective!!!!
well done lord!!!!!!!!
MarcoDelMarco Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I freakn' LOVE this!
It should be a DD.
swombomb Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
zombieinfect10 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible. Max Brooks should definitely see this. :)
militarynut2010 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
yeah, this is how illl picture it, but i can definitely sya there will be hundreds of thousands of people that will be ready.
AndrewZheng Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Student General Artist
This artwork has demonstrated a rather precise capture of what it'll be like at a zombie outbreak.

I personally admire this deeply. I wish I could draw something as fantastic as this.

A high accomplishment.
AndrewZheng Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Student General Artist
Horrific. Terrifying in a sense in how I've imagine. Gory. Animated.

Best of all, a precise concept of how scary it is dealing a horde of zombies at its dawn of World War Z.

AustenMengler Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional
Thanks :)
cheadonovan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I got to enjoy me some zombie paintings. Nice work
zombierojo Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Student General Artist
awesome work
zombierojo Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Student General Artist
amazing work
i love it :cookie:
shortsista Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I love the details in this!
....that dude is a goner... :l
shoggard3 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Professional Photographer
I love this picture. I wanted to use it for a banner, and to let you know how it looks, and to show you I provided proper credits, here are the links:

World of the Undead

Picture Credits

If you want me to remove it, please let me know and I will. You're welcome to join if you're interested!
AustenMengler Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional
Okay thanks for letting me know. Yeah as long as the credit there it should be ok :)
AustenMengler Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional
And thanks for using it too! :)
xX-uncontrolable-Xx Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
ooooooohh :meow:
twistedmentality Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
love it. nice composition, great coloring. wicked job. instant fav.
hiponinja Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeaaa!!! Zombies coming...
Kryptic66 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The first time I picked up WWZ, I fell in love with it. Once it was in my possession I couldn't stop reading it. The book actually had one illustration of one of the pivotal events, the Battle of Yonkers. The rest of the events were left up to the readers imagination. I like the fact that you illustrated the Great Panic. Excellent work.
AustenMengler Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional
Thanks :) Yeah it was a great story and presented in such an interesting way, can't wait for the film :)
Kryptic66 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, :nod: I agree, Max accomplished this by writing the novel through first person accounts of WWZ. It was disturbing, well written, and thought provoking. I didn't know they were going to make film adaption, do you know what the release date is?
AustenMengler Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Professional
I only know what it says on Wikipedia here: [link] :)
Kryptic66 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Huh, :shrug: so it IS true. Funny that Brad Pitt is part of the cast.
Vapireboy Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Student Writer
Melanie-J-Howle Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
very good work i really think its something special
TWISTEDPYRO8 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
jeez this is gorgeous...insta fav haha probably my fav piece on this site :D
AustenMengler Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional
Wow thanks! :ahoy:
loulaubye Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is beautiful =') I really liked how you used your references and brought them all together in one huge zombie crowd! =D
TamvakisPhoto Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
awesome work man!
Mongoose9634 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love that book and i love this!
NHuval-stock Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
This is freaking awesome!:eager: I am delighted you could my stock as a reference:blowkiss:
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