Zoe, the vampire zombie 

This is a collaboration project from me and Tom Wilson at Curio Studio

I created Zoe based on a vampire-zombie girl illustration I made some years ago, then I went on to develop her during my character design programme at Pictoplasma Academy . 🧛🏻‍♀️ 🖤

Character design, toy design and painting: Fabi Santiago

Woodwork: Tom Wilson at Curio Studio

I like it that Zoe's head is detachable, so she can fall apart a little like a real zombie! 🧟‍♀️

Once I decided I wanted to have a go at designing a toy, I knew it would have to be a wooden toy. Not only because it's eco friendly, tactile and super cool - but because I happen to be friends and neighbour with Tom, who's an incredibly talented toy maker. 

While Tom did most of the actual hard work (thank you, Tom!), I learned a lot. The biggest challenge was simplifying my illustration and translating it into shapes that could be made out of wood, but still keeping the essence of the original character. 

Painting the toy was another challenge, because I simply couldn't afford to make a mistake! Thankfully I had a few scraps of wood to practise on. Aside from designing the character, the toy and doing the paint work, I also had fun making the felt bow and the little clay eyeball, which I think is a nice spooky touch! 🎃🦇🧟‍♀️

Below are some making of snaps so you can see how Zoe came to life:

(images on top row taken at Tom' workshop, the remaining ones show my painting process). 

Zoe will be on display at the Neurotitan Gallery in Berlin during the Pictoplasma Festival, that runs from 8th to 12th May. 🖤

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