Fabi Santiago - Childrens book author, illustrator and artist ✎♥︎

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 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: it's eco friendly, tactile and super cool. Luckily I happen to be friends and neighbour with Tom from Curio Studio, who's an incredibly talented toy maker. He did  most of the actual hard work - thanks, Tom!

The biggest challenge for me 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. I couldn't afford to make a mistake, but thankfully I had a few scraps of wood to practise on. 

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). 

I also made the felt bow and the little clay eyeball, which I think is a nice spooky touch! 🦇🧟‍♀️🖤

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