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Zombie/Walking Dead Ukulele Custom Illustration

I talked in a post ages back about my desire to draw on a ukulele. Well I’ve finally done it, here’s the zombie ukulele I’ve been working on whenever I’ve had a free moment…

zombie ukulele illustration

I used a sharpie (or several sharpies) on an Octopus soprano. The guys at Octopus got in touch when they found out I was looking to do some artwork on a ukulele. The Octopus is a great fit for a number of reasons: firstly they’re available in white, they’re cheap and having played one before I know that they’re sound pretty good too.

custom ukulele illustration zombie

Why Zombies?

I’ve seen a lot of custom illustration projects on ukuleles but a lot of them tend to be random doodles which isn’s what I wanted. As a big fan of zombie movies (and also The Walking Dead) I figured it could look pretty cool with a zombie theme. Also zombies are pretty forgiving things, you can be pretty rough with your pen work which is a bonus.

zombie ukulele art

A difficult task

Drawing on a ukulele proved to be one of the hardest things I’ve ever tried to draw on. The sharpie has a nasty habit of smudging and just wiping off if your hand touches the ink. Add to this the fact that the ink seems to stay wet for days and days and it’s really tough going. Most of the time I had to draw with my hand not resting on the uke at all which was a real challenge.

zombie ukulele

At the moment I haven’t sealed the ink so I doubt it would stand up to being played. I think the heat from a hand and the constant brushing against it would turn it into a bit inky mess in no time at all. I’ve thought about using a clear acrylic spray to seal the ink but it’s not something I’ve done before so I’m not sure. Again, if anyone has any hints on sealing the ink I’d really appreciate it.

zombie ukulele

I had planned on making a short video showcasing this ukulele but as it’s been raining pretty much non stop for 2 days now I’ve had to put that one on the back burner. I’ll definitely be doing it at some point though as I learned to play the theme tune from The Walking Dead (thanks to David Lawson) for the soundtrack.

zombie ukulele closeup sharpie

In hindsight I probably should have strung it with some Aquila Lava strings. Black probably would have looked a lot cooler than white but I didn’t have any kicking about.

That’s about it. I hope you like it – I’m not really sure what to do with the ukulele now. Maybe it will go on a wall somewhere, I really don’t know.

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7 thoughts on “Zombie/Walking Dead Ukulele Custom Illustration

  1. This is outstanding work! Hearing the theme tune on it would be great! No clue for a sealant, but I hope you’ll post an update when you figure it out. My husband is an artist and I’d like for him to put some art on my ukulele, but we’re also not sure about a sealant. We’re considering lacquer.

  2. P.S. The barbed wire is a nice touch. Reminds me of an upcoming character on the show I kind of dread seeing. I’m really glad I found your blog via Pinterest tonight. A lot of great reading!

    1. Hi Leslie, I’m glad you like it. There’s an acrylic spray sealant that I’m going to try but it’s always out of stock when I go in the local art supply shop. I’ll let you know if it works out.

    1. Hi Donna,

      Actually I haven’t – I went in the shop a few times but they never had any in stock. After a while I just gave up. It’s still on my list of things to get sorted!

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