This is How Your Zombie Book Cover Gets Made

Search and Destroy, the newest novel in Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga’s The Walking Dead zombie series arrives on October 18 from Thomas Dunne Books and its cover involves…real people?

It’s trickier than it looks to capture the “in-between” style of the novels, melding the illustrations of the comic book with the photorealism of the TV show. Check out cover photographer Blake Morrow’s video below to learn how models, make-up, practical effects, and photo manipulation become a zombie book cover!

The video, filmed by Dillon Taylor, features photography and digital art by Blake Morrow, make-up FX by Aaron and Melanie Knox, and clothing by Stuart Farndell.

The three zombie models, Samy Osman, Aniela Kurylo, and Andrew Meikle, are the hyper-stylized walkers you see on the final cover of The Walking Dead: Search and Destroy! Cover design by Lisa Pompilio.

Walking Dead Search and Destroy cover

 

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