As a writer with no real visual artistic abilities, I find myself constantly amazed by artists who can put pen to paper and create something so lifelike it seems to crawl off the page. Such is the case with Steve McGinnis, a native of Ontario, Canada whose artwork has been capturing the attention of genre fans around the world.
Working in a variety of mediums, McGinnis creates surprising depth in each individual image. Take for instance, this print of Pennywise, everyone’s favorite evil clown.
Stare at the image long enough and it seems to come alive. His bright orange hair floats in a phantom breeze and his eye seems to twinkle as he stares back at you.
There’s an almost uneasy feeling that he might burst from the canvas in the same way he emerged from the slideshow the Losers watched in the big screen adaptation.
Then there are the images from McGinnis’s graphic novel Rise of the Harvester. The colors are stark with an almost lifelike quality reminiscent of A Scanner Darkly.
And then there are the artist’s signature prints in black, white, and red. He grew up on the Hammer Horror films of the 60s and 70s and they influenced his style, but also his choice of heroes with actors like Christopher Lee and Vincent Price in the foreground.
He brought that same classic sensibility to his favorite slasher, Leatherface, and created an image almost too beautiful to fit the dark, gritty nature of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Still, it works, and it’s an amazing homage to the larger than life villain.
It’s this amazing homage print to Friday the 13th that really stood out to me. There are so many things going on in this image and every time I look, there’s something I didn’t notice before.
To see more of this amazing artist’s work, be sure to follow him on Instagram @stevehorrorart, and keep your eyes peeled. I have it on good authority that he has a couple of projects on the way that are going to blow your horror-loving minds!