Zombie fans, if your not familiar with Rob Sacchetto let me introduce you! He has been an artist for over 2 decades, and is highly renowned for creating incredible original zombie portraits and artwork. But there’s more! He’s also been an inspiration for Bram Stoker award winner Jonathan Maberry, who modeled a character after him in Rot & Ruin. He also helped create the artwork for Rot & Ruin and Dust & Decay. (Soon to be released. See our offer below)
Recently, I have had the great pleasure of corresponding with him and hope in the future to possibly offer his work for sale on our site!
Below is his impressive bio. Please read on then check out his website in our links section.
Rob Sacchetto has been a freelance artist for almost 25 years. In late November, 06, he launched the very first online service, www.zombieportraits.com. Through some relatively simple online marketing, the business literally exploded. Since it began, over 1000 portraits have been sold to a worldwide market. Because Rob is an illustrator/painter, all pieces are original hand painted portraits of people as zombies… no computer manipulation is used, just old fashioned watercolour and ink.
About a year later, Rob started an online sketchbook/art blog, with a new illustration or painting posted daily. The blog site www.zombiedaily.com also includes podcasts and tutorials for zombie illustrations. The site now features over 850 original drawings.
Rob was both featured in and interviewed for the documentary ‘Zombiemania’ (Canada, US wide release) and used his skills to zombify the prominent horror industry celebrities for a morphing sequence for each interview. ‘Zombiemania’ is available on DVD.
The www.zombiedaily.com site attracted an acquisitions editor from Ulysses press of Berkeley California. Rob was approached and offered the opportunity to both write and illustrate “The Zombie Handbook: How to Identify the Living Dead and Survive the Coming Zombie Apocalypse”, which features over 200 illustrations.
Since its release in July 2009, the book has sold thousands of copies throughout North America through Borders, and Barnes and Noble, in the U.S., and Chapters and Indigo in Canada along with other smaller book chains and comic book stores throughout the continent. In late 2010, the book was picked up for Spanish translation, under the name “Apocalipsis Zombi”.
With the success of The Zombie Handbook, Rob secured a second book deal through Ulysses Press for “Zombiewood: The Celebrity Dead Exposed”. Focussing on Rob’s Zombie Portraiture, he tackles Hollywood’s heroes and villains in this latest, magazine-style work. It is currently available all over North America and the U.K.
Beyond the world of books, Rob has also 300 tattoo flash designs selling through Tattoofinder.com as well as a line of zombie products being developed and sold through Andrews + Blaine, a manufacturing company based out of Florida. The products are retailing through Books-a-Million and Barnes and Noble.
Rob’s work has also been featured in three of Bram Stoker Award winning author Jonathan Maberry’s books. Also, Jonathan’s new title, “Rot and Ruin”, (Simon & Schuster) included an ‘erosion artist, Rob Sacchetto’ in the novel. Jonathan was so impressed with Rob’s portrait work that with his consent created a character specifically based on him. Rob has also done character designs to be included in the endpapers of the book, and its forthcoming follow-up “Dust and Decay.”