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Return of the Living Dead by BryanBaugh Return of the Living Dead by BryanBaugh
On my list of favorite movies, "Return of the Living Dead" by Dan O'Bannon, is way, way, way up there at the top. This film came out in 1985. I was in the seventh grade and saw it at the theater. I went in with average expectations. Based on the TV commercials, it looked like it should be a decent zombie movie. Instead, what I got was a horror paradise.

Its incredible mix of genuine freaky scares, genuine good humor, exaggerated comic book style zombies, punk rockers, gory violence, shameless abundance of female nudity, great characters, memorable dialogue, excellent special effects, and true Midwestern American goofiness really, really hit me and charged my imagination into overdrive.

Since then I have seen it many, many times and over the years my love for this movie has only increased. I have often wondered if it might just be my number one favorite horror movie of all time. I hate to say any one horror film is my definite #1 favorite cause there are so many I love so much. But this film is certainly in my top three.

But one thing I am 100% positive about, without any doubt in my mind, is that The Tarman, (the star monster of Return of the Living Dead) is far and away my number one, all time favorite zombie in a movie ever.

So here is my drawing of him in action.

This illustration was done as a commission assignment for a guy who has bought a lot of my original artwork. He asked me to do an original illustration of The Tarman for him. Now that I've done this image I find myself wanting to do more illustrations of different scenes from the film. I will probably have to eventually...
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:iconmelski83:
Melski83 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: amazing work! :clap:
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Willlb Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015
In my top ten !! Great work !
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Scorching-Whirlwind Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
BRAINS!
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OCDraw Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I love this 
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mikedevilsfan Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Dude, I saw this in the documentary about the film. Did you know your art was in that?
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Well yeah of course I knew. They have to get your permission before they can just use your art.

They also used my other Tarman illustration.
I wrote about the experience in the text section of this image: bryanbaugh.deviantart.com/art/…
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mikedevilsfan Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Student General Artist
ahhh, I didn't see that one's text. Well congrats man, they are both very cool! 
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!!
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TheGurch Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
LOVE, love, love so much ooh  i just want to kiss my computer screen!
One of my fave films too, when i watched it for the first time on VHS I was expecting just another zombie flick but when they spoke I fell of my settee, literally fell on the floor in shock it was the first talking zombie Id ever seen ...not only that they ran!!!
When that half corpse explain that eating brain stops the pain and another calls for more paramedic ..i was shocked to the core, they reasoned and they had a reason for eating our brain...not people but brains!
All these revelations hocked me for a long long time..in fact I think the mental impact still shows in my art work..

Ab..so..lutly...AMAZING movie and great art,  you somehow managed to capture their likeness with just a few marks. Not far how easily you managed that..making me feel jealous. :( 
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww thanks man. Yeah my love and affection for this movie knows no bounds!!
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TheGurch Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Ditto
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AnneMarie1986 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love that how you drew Tina's face and hair.Good work,sir!=)
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Just trying to be "movie accurate"! Thanks!
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demonlovers Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
love it 
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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StevenBeltzer-art Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Your artwork is so much fun. I'd love to get a portfolio book of it for my coffee table someday. You have such a  unique style and you have work from just about every horror movie, very exciting. Return of the Living Dead was a great movie and twist to the zombie movie genre and this piece is a great tribute to the film :o)
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! Actually I do have a few art books in print. 
You can order them from the Store Page at my official website. 
Here is the link: www.cryptlogic.net/store/
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StevenBeltzer-art Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013

Awesome thanks for the link. Just wondering, do you only do work from things that have been in film or do you think you could draw something after reading about it in a book? I talk with a lot of authors through Goodreads and HorrorWorld and well I know a few that might be interested in the work you do here. If you can get on to Goodreads.com, try to connect with either Evans or Adam Light. They are brothers that write some fun horror stuff. Also, it would be cool to see what you might come up with after reading something by either J.A.Konrath, Blake Crouch, or Jeff Strand. Their book they all worked on together called Draculas is one I highly recommend and think you style would be perfect for doing a graphic novel of.

  Again thanks for the link. I will check it out :o)

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AussieShelia Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
best movie eva!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree!
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Dylanio21 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, great job on this one.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Dylanio21 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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dmcglu82 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the Half-woman scene or when the skeleton is coming out of the ground right as Party time plays.
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NickMaster64 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
the people who made this film had alot of BRAINS!!!!
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SonicFan1155 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Tarman- One of the best zombies in all of horror movie history! (I especially love the part where he says, "More brains!")

I honestly have to say that Return of the Living Dead is one of my favorite zombie movies. It blends horror and humor very well. I find myself faceplaming and laughing during the "send more paramedics" scene!
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grievousorvenom Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Student Photographer
how is it possible to make a zombie that both scares the fing hell out of me but also makes me love him ?_? ULTRA MEGA CONFUSION!!!
btw this is great ^_^
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, thanks!
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Tirann0 Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
Dear lord Tarman scares the hell out of me. Just seeing him will make my night sleepless.
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x-Ink-Black-Heart-x Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Student General Artist
it's not a horror movie. it's one of those "it's only funny cause you can tell how cheeseballed it is" like the gates of hell. ever seen that one??? how about the worms??? those are ones that are so bad you laugh.

like is that guy at the top of the stairs the one who knocks the zombies head clean off with a baseball bat and tottal exposes the fact that it's some kind of animatronic dummy??? :XD:
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death2zombies Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
I love that movie!!!!
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Dman9106 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
best line ever by any zombie (save for the one in creepshow) "MORE BRAINS!"
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha!
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Gojira012 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
BRAINS. MORE BRAINS
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Dman9106 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
the one in creepshow is no.1 "I got my cake!" i loled when i first saw that, and then i couldnt sleep because i saw it when I was 3 :D
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MyWolf8888 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
Tarman still one of the best zombies ever made with no CGI !! The makeup was fantastic I wish I could remember The actor's name that played him to be able to move like that still gives me the creeps!!
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Terriculum Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
You should do more Tarman pictures, hes my favorite zombie next to Bub, Jack and Fido.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Stay tuned...
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MetalLearner Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
I DEFINITELY have to thank James Rolfe for his "Monster Madness" last year as I learnt of this film a long while back in October & couldn't find it in ANY HMV shop :(

so I practically gave up but upon returning home from college I thought I'd look in an old market centre which had been rebuilt after a fire & LO & BEHOLD! There was "The Return of The Living Dead" for around 4.00 :jawdrop: I couldn't believe my eyes & I jumped at the chance & purchased this gem of a comedy/horror film :D

I noted many contrasts with "ROTLD" & "Day of The Dead" (the 1985 Version by George A. Romero) one of which was in its characters:

*Day of the Dead's characters were rather cold, distant, isolated & rather sociopathic (Captain Rhodes is MOST notorious due to his unhinged mentality with the undead dominating MOST of the :flagus:) & their zombies were (for me) rather cliche but a lot of people prefer those types of zombies

*Return of The Living Dead however was a MASSIVE contrast to the former; the characters were ALL likeable (Burt being my personal favourite as even though he's a bit corrupt with keeping his company in business after the 'accidental' release of 245 Trioxin; he soon realises what's happened & tries his damndest to at least keep everyone alive which is a refreshing chance with that ype of character)

& oh yeah! It has lightning bruiser zombies!??!?! Brain Eating, virtually unkillable, highly smart undead.... SEND MORE PARAMEDICS.. & oh yeah! Tarman :w00t:
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Interesting thoughts! I am glad you enjoyed this movie! I love both ROTLD and Day of the Dead.
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MetalLearner Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
Personally... I'm NOT a big fan of the Zombie sub-genre as (in my opinion) it's all too often used & not that many monster films have been released :(
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm a sucker for all monsters. I love zombies.
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MetalLearner Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
Me? I like big creature features
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Madweazle Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
Hey cool pic you did a very well job =)
and yeah the movie is top
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JudeDeluca Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
Oh my God there's Trash in the background.
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xXGreenZebraGoreXx Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is really awsome! ^.^ Tarman is my fav zombie too. He is by far the most well done.
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rotmouth13 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
Tarman is one of the all time greats when it comes to zombies!!!(Bub runs at a close second place.)But when it comes to big boobies,gore and one hell of a goo covered
brain muncher R.O.T.L.D has it all!!!Kick-ass artwork man!!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I love ROTLD! Thanks for your comments!
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Buzz-ARt Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
my fav movie of all time!
Amazing work! ^^
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