In reality - we didn't have the moola this year to dispense on Halloween *cry*, so I had to go the easy route. All we did was buy a suit at the thrift store and killed it! Added some makeup and we had an extremely cohesive zombification. Apparently, his co-workers were so scared of him that they made a rule of "announce yourself before you approach me." Hahah.
Proud points: New shredding technique and he was grey and bloody from head to toe. Love it!
Downers: He didn't want to wear contacts to work, nor have gross hands because...he had to work. haha.
Step 1: Tools of the Trade
A serrated kitchen knife/steak knife.
Fearlessness to wield that knife in scary and destructive ways.
Dark eyeshadow, liquid latex, toilet paper, fake blood.
Optional: Airbrush (I actually used cake decorating supplies LOL) to dirty the suit.
Step 2: Becoming a Zombie
Before you get into makeup, though, you need to dirty up that suit!!
Here is the link! <----- Makeup
Step 3: In Ruins
So, back to what I was saying...it turned out - no I didn't need the sand paper, no I didn't need a pair of scissors...I just needed that awesome knife. It really simplified everything!
My number one technique for this is the following::::::::
Take a pucker of fabric and shave the serrated knife down the pucker as if you were .. skinning a potato. By doing this, you are making lots of speckles of ruined fabric. In order to even out the distribution, just pucker the fabric in other directions. The more you shave it with the knife, the deeper the texture. THIS IS A GREAT technique and I will never forget it. It's my own implementation and I'm proud to share this destruction with you.
In other ways, just take the knife to the suit and make rips and tears and shreds, you're telling the story of how your zombie became a zombie. This is shown through the physical struggle that you are illustrating here. :)
Tip: Just keep it clean, not overdone, give it some balance, and don't cut up the butt or crotch, or too high up the legs because the zombie still has to be professional...duh. ;)
Step 4: Finishing Touches
For the blood, I took him into the backyard and flicked it onto him. Close range and long distance make different patterns, and you can read more about that on my blood spatter instructable! :) Just make sure to have your zombie close their eyes before you splash blood on their face.
To dirty the shirt, the front-facing area, I used some dollar-store makeup - foundation. I put it on my hands and smeared it onto him. You can do the same with some blood to make it look like his fresh victims tried to escape him.
Once he is perfectly disgusting, your colors are cohesive and you can take a step back and say..."DAMN, YOU LOOK DISGUSTING"...then you know your work is done! :D