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Night of the Living Dead: Karen Cooper by AzrielMordecai Night of the Living Dead: Karen Cooper by AzrielMordecai
The iconic Karen Cooper zombie portrayed by the ever-beautiful Kyra Schon. Rendered in #2 and 4H pencil.

This is an iconic image that has certainly been reproduced by many artists already. I argued with myself whether I wanted to do this after it had already been done, but in the end, one fact won out: I LOVE NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, and this image, the little girl zombie, was one of the main things that I remember most about seeing this film for the first time when I was 8. Also, to have some knowledge of what a nice person Kyra Schon is in real life makes this more of an homage to both a movie and a wonderful person.
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grassa48 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is a really nice rendition of the famous still. I enjoy how you have captured the essence of both the actress and her character.
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AzrielMordecai Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
Many thanks! I dislike drawing images that have been done many times (like this one), because it's just been done in every conceivable way. I didn't do this one because I thought I could do it any better than some of the amazing versions I've seen, but simply because of how much I love the movie and how much of an impact it had on me. I think this one image alone captures the things that struck me about the original, and I did my best to convey it. I am glad that you enjoyed this piece. :)
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BokoBokoBoo Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Fuuuuuck... T_T she looks really reaaaaaaallyyyy creepy! T_T Nice work! X3
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AzrielMordecai Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :)
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andhikaichsan Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
really got the atmosphere... :stare:
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AzrielMordecai Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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johnfboslet2001 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic...I love that movie too...why did zombie movies get so moronic and silly after that...But "The Walking Dead"changed all that, because it was inspired by a real movie, "Night of the Living Dead". It is sad how that dude gets killed in the end by the police/town people.
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AzrielMordecai Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very true on all counts. Night was fantastic and Dwayne Jones' fate at the end was something that haunted me as a youth. It was the first movie I'd ever seen without a happy ending, and I think it's still one of the most effective "downer" endings ever done. I've been a huge fan of The Walking Dead since I picked up issue #7 at a comics shop expecting the worst and finding the best. The show has managed to be faithful to the comic's heart and is amazingly well cast.
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johnfboslet2001 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah that's what I love about the show...the relatinships of the people, that's what it's about...

my fave ever horror films...

The Shining
The Exorcist

ones I don't have on DVD and want to get

Night of the Living Dead
Nosferatu
Haxan (silent movie, 1922, made i think in Sweden...it's so dark..man, you gotta see it..look it up on youtube...there are various incarnations of it, but try to find one that just shows the bulk of the movie..it's amazing)
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AzrielMordecai Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
I've seen all of these ;)
Haxan is available in one of the most complete cuts I've found on Archive.org as a free download from their public domain films collection (along with Night of the Living Dead, which has a dispute over it's public domain status, and Nosferatu). The Exorcist and Shining are both great films. I'd also recommend the original Day of the Dead directed by George Romero. One guilty pleasure film of mine is an 80s film called CHUD. A great film with a great commentary track that will have you laughing for days. :)
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AzrielMordecai Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I was nervous how to approach the hair at first because it can really kill a good piece if it's done wrong. I think it kind of draws you into her gaze :)
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Eliandkla Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AMAZING!!!
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AzrielMordecai Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much!
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Violin23 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey,that looks cool! :D I drew the same as you did,only mine is much older. ^_^
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AzrielMordecai Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
:)
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Somnolent-Droid Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Excellent work again, the detail is great. I think it's very noble of you not to offer this as a print.
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AzrielMordecai Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank again, as always, it is much appreciated. Kyra and the other folks who worked on this movie have seen very little come from their work except the admiration and love of folks like me/us. Since I had the ability to send her a copy of this piece, I chose to do so and see what happens. I only hope she likes it and that others do as well. It is one of my personal favorites among my pieces,though, as simple as it is...
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Somnolent-Droid Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
I think that's an excellent idea and a wonderful gesture. Your piece is simple and striking.
I must admit I haven't seen the movie myself, for all I have a great interest in horror it's mostly of the macabre gothic and Victorian sort. Nothing too scary! Zombies have always creeped me out more than I like. Reading Lovecraft and watching Shawn of the Dead is about my limit!

Might have to be brave and check it out though :)
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AzrielMordecai Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
It is 100% worth it. Not as gory as you'd expect. It's tame by today's standards, but it was revolutionary and it scared the crap out of me as a kid. I watch it at least once every couple months... I'd recommend, if you go the DVD route, to find one of the authorized versions but AVOID the 30th Anniversary version at all costs. You can find it free on Youtube or for download at Archive.org if you prefer to watch at the PC.
For what it's worth, it's the FIRST zombie film that features the zombies we all know and love ;)
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Somnolent-Droid Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Ah, I will have to check it out. I do have a soft spot for old classics films, although I tried to watch Nosferatu this Halloween and...well maybe that one is a little too old! One of my old favourites has to be Dr. Strangelove. I thought that was an amazing film. I will definitely have to get some popcorn and watch Night of the Living Dead.
It's always nice to read the book or watch the film that shaped a genre. :)
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Franz-Josef73 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
NIce work! I found yours right after I posted my version. Great texture on the hair!
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AzrielMordecai Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much! I wasn't sure what technique I wanted to use to render the hair (decisions, decisions), but I think it came out pretty good. I was very happy with it. Great job on yours as well. Loved Bub and the Flannel zombie from Dawn too! Great work! Thanks for stopping by!
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clayjase69 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Amazing work
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AzrielMordecai Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much!
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