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OK, OK, so maybe I'm jumping on a bandwagon here but you know what? This image rocks! Back during the elections several people asked if I would do a zombie Obama, McCain, Palin etc. No I wouldn't.
Reason #1 - Doing something like that at that period would be seen as political in nature and that's not what Dead White & Blue is all about. It's about patriotism not politics.
Reason #2 - Dead White & Blue is also based on iconic American images. At the time none of those people could be considered iconic. Not yet.
But now I think we've seen that this style is iconic, Obama will be iconic regardless of his successes or failures. And I needed a new piece for the show in Nashville this weekend and nothing I have in the works is near completion.
I searched the web for a tutorial on how to do this effect and they all relied heavily on vectors, which I know almost nothing about but I thought I'd give it a whirl. Before I got to the vector stage which is where the edges get cleaned up I really liked the rough and dirty look. It matched the image perfectly so I stopped there.
This turned out way better than I had hoped. Maybe next election Zombie Sam could be a write in candidate?

P.S. Original Zombie Sam can be seen here:
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:iconazridjokoloro:
azridjokoloro Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lovely man!
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:iconbillytackett:
billytackett Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you
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:iconmiss-k-kalamity:
Miss-K-Kalamity Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Man, I'd love to have that hanging on my wall. :D
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:iconspermatozeo:
spermatozeo Featured By Owner May 3, 2009   Digital Artist
Compz!!...it's a great job!!
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:iconbillytackett:
billytackett Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks
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:iconspermatozeo:
spermatozeo Featured By Owner May 4, 2009   Digital Artist
...you re welcome MASTER!
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dsantiag Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
Awesome, Billy! And just so you know, I viewed this work with my 3D glasses (leftover from Parasite) and Zombie Sam's hand and head pop out just a little! Cool!
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:iconbillytackett:
billytackett Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Really?? That's unintentionally cool! That may be something to pursue
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:iconkyt5000:
kyt5000 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
Fan-freaking-tastic! When are the shirts going to be available?
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:iconbillytackett:
billytackett Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. Not sure yet. I sold out of most of my stock over the weekend so now I have to restock. Once I've caught back up I'll be having it done. I'll let you know
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twistedrib Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
God Damn I love this.
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:iconbillytackett:
billytackett Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks
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:icontwistedmentality:
twistedmentality Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
that kicks ass dude. now you should have it printed on weathered paper !
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:iconbillytackett:
billytackett Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. I've been considering it but by looking at the number of faves I figure if it ain't broke don't fix it
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twistedmentality Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
good point !
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kenshin-naoki Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
lol how cool
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:iconbillytackett:
billytackett Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks
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:iconkenshin-naoki:
kenshin-naoki Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
WELCOME :D
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:iconmr-mordacious:
Mr-Mordacious Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
That looks great Billy!
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:iconbillytackett:
billytackett Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks
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xXNECROTISEDHATEXx Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
i like this better than the original. nice job!
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:iconbillytackett:
billytackett Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Wha?? That's blasphemy!!! Just kidding. Thanks
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xXNECROTISEDHATEXx Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
nah really. i dig this one more than the other! lol. good job mang.
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FIENDISH-ART Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome dude
i love the look of this:skull:
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:iconbillytackett:
billytackett Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks
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:iconpuppy64:
Puppy64 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
thats cool, somthing tell me that other ppl might think of this is offensive thought o.o", i dont think so but just warning ya :P( i also live in tn)
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:iconbillytackett:
billytackett Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. When I first started this series I thought it would offend a lot of people but I didn't give the general populace enough credit because most people actually get it. I offend someone occasionally but you can't please everyone. And there's no such thing as bad publicity!
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Puppy64 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
oh :o
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