Zombies and pop culture collide in artist’s work
When you hear British artist Piers Hazell talk about his life-long experiences with drawing, you might get the idea that he’s a whimsical cartoonist whose works have included the likes of Winnie the Pooh and a host of Disney characters.
“I’ve always been able to pick up a pencil and draw,” he said. “Art is fantastic. You are basically God. You can create anything you want Nothing is impossible with a piece of good paper and some luck.”
But Hazell’s artistic vision is tinged with a darker side. His passion for pop culture is mixed with an equal measure of zombie enthusiasm. His collection of zombie drawings has grown to more than 500 over the years and shows no signs of stopping.
“I can’t get enough of the undead guys,” he said. “They are just unstoppable. They never get tired. They could be your friend or your family or your loved ones and all they want to do in their single-minded purpose is to eat you.”
Hazell said the inspiration for the first drawing came when he had a thought to turn characters from his childhood into undead killers.
“The ﬁrst one I did was of Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story films, then like a plague the idea just grew and grew,” he said.
This article appears in its entirety in Zombie Apocalypse Monthly Issue 4. It can be downloaded for free here: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/437984