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More Watercolor Horror Movie Posters to Melt Your Mind

How hyperbolic is that headline? Not very!

One of the first articles I ever wrote here on Bloody Disgusting (just about one year ago) was a piece on Wisconsin-based artist Christopher Shy, whose unique takes on fan-favorite horror films like The Thing, Alien and The Fog totally blew my mind. And I was’t alone. The response to that piece was incredible, and I’m pretty sure many new Shy fans were created as a result of it.

As I explained last May, Shy specializes in fantasy and sci-fi artwork that is quite unlike the output of any other artist. Shy, who founded Studio Ronin in 1994, has worked for companies like Marvel, Dark Horse Comics, and Lionsgate, illustrating countless books and graphic novels, and he gained cred here in the horror community when he whipped up the concept art for Marcus Nispel’s Friday the 13th remake. It’s not hard to see why Nispel chose him to help redesign Jason Voorhees, because Shy has a knack for giving bold new life to horror favorites.

In the past year, Shy has created a handful of new pieces, so I wanted to shine the spotlight on him again today. Check out new art for everything from “Stranger Things” to RoboCop below!

Oh and head over to Art of Ronin to pick up select prints!



  • Christopher Shy is great, but these aren’t watercolor. They’re digital.

    • Tiger Quinn

      And this is where we have that tired old discussion about whether the medium really matters anymore when it’s all pixels on a screen. I paint digitally all the time, and there’s no difference than when I use actual oils.

      • Larousse

        Yea but when you’re writing an article about an artist, or when you’re posting your stuff online, you’re supposed to give the correct informations.

        I’m drawing/painting too (no digital), and of course the medium matters. Painting have a texture, same for watercolor or graphit. It contains pigments, and the contact between paint and paper/canvas/etc. have a physical effect that always look fake when it’s done digitally.
        But of course, if you it’s not the point of your work to play with the textures, then i guess it doesn’t matter. It depends on what you do, but you definetly can’t say it doesn’t matter.

        And no, it doesn’t look the same on a screen because of pixels. But of course you can’t have the real thing on a screen.

      • I’m not out here banner-waving for traditional media. I would have corrected them if they had mislabeled oils as watercolors. I just wanted his work represented accurately.

  • Poster art has become a dying art. Not for lack of talent but because studios want names and headshots. Also because unfortunately posters don’t sell the movies anymore. That being said I love this guy’s work. I love the They Live poster. Just wonderful stuff.

  • Dennis Chenier

    These are gorgeous.

  • Scott Roberson

    That “The Thing” poster could be released today without a trailer or any marketing and people would go see it today like it wasn’t over 30 years old. It’s just frickin AWESOME.

  • Scott Roberson

    However, is that a ghostbuster mashed in there on top, lol. Still, EPIC

  • Dr. Acula

    I dont know everyones obsession with Strnager Things, the show Primevals did it better, instead of watching 100 episodes to see 1 CGI creature, you got 100

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