Steve Weatherbie is an artist who goes by the name ‘Crossworm’. Interestingly, he likes to share every stage of his creative process with his fans on social media. He explains:
“I took a hiatus from art from 2002 – 2010, and when I started to draw again I had somehow gotten better than when I quit. I realized how gratifying each new piece is for me and decided to get back into this full force.
In 2013 I created a company called Legacy Creative Industries, and began to offer outsourced record label services such as mixing, mastering (I am a certified Audio Engineer) and of course….album cover illustration and design. Most of what I have done in the past 5 years has been commissioned work for recording artists. On October 19th, 2014 I created Fright-House to showcase my own ideas and designs. I chose to name the portfolio after the first piece I completed for it.
What makes me unique is not only my style, but the way I show my fans each piece as it is being completed from start to finish. This is mostly done via social media.” [Fright-house.com]
We are thrilled that Steve has chosen to reveal his finished piece on Popcorn Horror. It’s listed below, along with his documentation of the creative process. You can also check out his official website for more information.
“Each piece is sketched and hand drawn traditionally on paper with pencil. I use mechanical pencils. Usually 3 different lead types.”
“Then the piece is outlined, and hard shadowed with ink. additional detail is added. Usually I use 2 different pens. …0.3 mm ball point pen for ultra fine detailing, a standard Pilot ball point gel pen, and a sharpie for filling in hard shadows.”
“After the piece is inked I go back and soft shade, typically with a softer mechanical pencil lead.”
“Then I scan the piece at 600 dpi, and the image is brought into Corel PhotoPaint.”
“I color the piece digitally. Typically with 100 to 250 layers depending on the detail in the piece”
“I shadow, highlight, and brush the piece further after coloration.”
The image below is the final finished piece, and it’s awesome!
Crossworm also released a video describing his artistic process, which you can watch below.