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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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OCDraw Featured By Owner 4 days ago  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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