I made this artwork for a few collectors. They wanted to get a range of 1:6 dioramas from the Walking Dead TV series showing cult characters and/or scenes. Second work of this range named “the walkers”, I offered them the chilhood topic with three important zombified characters in the show :
- the little girl Rick shoots in the first season, the “Teddy Girl”
- Sophia, the lost Carol’s daughter in season 2
- Penny, the Governor’s daughter in season 3
A mouthwatering diorama
Six dioramas and a single Teddy girl will be made. The project was to make a removable base in three parts. Each one of them featured an element of the scenery where the “walker”… is walking :
- a road with an old newspaper, a canister and an Atlanta sign for the teddy girl
- an earthy, grassy and straw ground next to a smashed zombie head for Sophia
- a carpet with a guts bucket and a family picture for Penny
beuaarrghh… Rrfghht rrrrhââPenny
The main difficulty was to make the diorama with not too much gore. The childhood innocence had to be seen under the undead. A huge challenge because every little girl had to look exactly like the series character. That’s what we call “the likeness” in sculpting.
Each character has been made independently with supersulpey in several parts to facilitate the moulding made by my friend Cinémodèles créations.
Small flower, huge painting time
Once the copies received, I removed the grease coat, assembled them and then sprayed a primer coat beofre really painting them. Several paint pots were made for each color to maintain a unity between every copy of the character.
The paint job was very long because of the small flowers of the Teddy’s pyjama and the rainbow on Sophia T-shirt.
Your garden is your friend
Once the paint job done, I had to make the three parts oval base. Solution ? Jigsaw and router (definitely NOT a Petersteven nick name in weird backrooms).
- The teddy girl’s asphalt base is amde from grey sandpaper, perfect for this scale. A few drybrushed tire marks, an aerograph burst through a stencil for the ground markings, an old cannister and a crumpled newspaper and that’s it.
- The earthy ground in front of Hershel’s barn is made from real earth sprinckled directly on the glued base.
- Penny’s base is made from the print of an old carpet image found ont he net.
The decor elements are not attached so everyone can display his diorama as he wants.