Category Archives: illustration

Live Art Event in Prague

KPMG

Last month, I was invited to provide live art for KPMG’s annual executive breakfast, here in the Czech Republic.
Over the weekend prior to the event, I sketched out a number of concepts based around the managing partner’s speech which were to be hand-inked during his presentation on the day.1962697_10153197446237977_7130754928872410739_n

Using wide-nib calligraphy markers and Sharpie paint pens, I had two hours to complete four posters mounted on A1 boards placed strategically around the conference room.

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Working as a freelance artist can get real lonely at times so it’s nice to un-cap the old nib in public every once in a while.

Thanks to everyone at KPMG Prague for their support and encouraging commentary during the show.

 

New BRUTE! bottle openers unleashed.

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We here at BRUTE! Propaganda are always on the look-out for quality merchandise with which to adorn our images so it’s a pleasure to team up with a company that specialises in robust paraphernalia. Over at barproducts.com, they’ve produced a stunning series of BRUTE! bottle openers that will be the talking point of any BBQ, wake or parents-teachers meeting.

 

Buy them separately or as a set at their web site now!

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Traxbox CD boxed set artwork.

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I was asked by old friend and rare dance music enthusiast, Ian Dewhirst, to create the cover artwork for their CD collection of dance classics from Chicago’s legendary Trax Records back catalogue.   I agreed and spent the next week roughing out several concepts before settling on the one above.

 

When plotting out a character’s lines, I want to make as much impact from the lighting as possible and so, to ensure maximum flexibility, I built the DJ first in 3D so I could experiment with multiple set-ups.

 

On finding the right angle, I printed out the 3D face and then inked it in by hand before scanning it back into Illustrator for the final vector re-drawing.

Logos and lettering also by yours truly.

 

To order a box, go here

KMFDM 2013 promo poster

KMFDM TOUR POSTER (War Bus)

As part of their promotional campaign for their upcoming tour, industrial group KMFDM commissioned me to come up with something appropriate.

Inspired by WW1 armoured mini tanks and modern anti-riot vehicles, I set about creating a hybrid more suited to the band’s image than the traditional tour bus. After creating a collage of elements in Photoshop, I then warped and re-shaped the chassis before re-drawing the finished product in ink. Final artwork layers composed in Illustrator.

‘Kunst’,

In support of the Femen/Pussy Riot protestors, I created a suitably forceful chainsaw-wielding amazon for the front cover of the new KMFDM album, ‘Kunst’.

Since their incarceration for various anti-Putin stunts and protests, international support for the women of the movement has grown exponentially, mostly due to their bare-chested style of defiance.

(see Femen cross-felling video here: femen-cross-pussy-riot-930

Facebook have removed the image the band’s page.

Le Accelerator – movie poster

With this recent commission for the forthcoming Le Accelerator, I got to realise one of my earliest creative dreams – to design a kung-fu movie poster. As opposed to aping those bold and furious designs used by the Chinese film industry in the 70s, I instead applied a minimalist technique to create a cleaner and more noir-ish effect, emphasising the impact of a kick through dynamic use of shadows, creases and perspective.

Stay tuned for movie news and release dates release dates.

Early concept design
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