Category Archives: BRUTE!

Milan Fras (Laibach) portrait

I have recently been commissioned by a client to embark on a series of portraits of his favourite musicians, the second of which is this handsome portrait of Laibach front man, Milan Fras.
Anyone interested in posters or prints of this epic illustration, please message me here or contact me at bruteprop@gmail.com for ordering details.

KMFDM – PARADISE: Sketches and final art.

Final artwork. Inked by hand and colored in Adobe Illustrator

For the their new album, Paradise, KMFDM supremo, Sasha Konietsko, wanted an artwork that would inspire hope in a world torn apart by tribal rivalries and hatred. As both of us are family men, it seemed appropriate to create an image that would illustrate our state of mind concerning the future of our children and immediately this post-apocalyptic scene popped into my head. Hold them close, teach them well and maybe their generation can accomplish that which we did not.

Sketch one based on an idea by Sascha Konietsko. I originally saw it as a Mad Max-meets-Social Realism propaganda piece but, as the backstory to the scenario grew in my mind, I could see it becoming something more meaningful.
Secondary sketch. Still with the message of hope I wished to create fresh in my mind, I replaced the corny heroism for a quieter dynamic and tried to capture the relationship between father and daughter.
Third sketch. I decided to use a reverse symmetrical angle of the father and daughter to indicate the connection between this scenario and my earlier artwork for KMFDM’s Salvation album in which a young warrior rescues an unconscious woman from the ruins of a destroyed city.
In this initial pencil sketch, the main character had a bow, a knife and a pistol. These were all subsequently removed when Sascha and I agreed that they should be entering the future without weapons.
One of a series of alternative colour and background combinations. The sky in this version was considered too busy and replaced in the final illustration by a huge sun.
This image from the album, Salvation, ties in with the one from the Paradise cover in that the woman the young warrior rescues from the ruined city is the mother of his daughter in the new illustration

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 shop now!

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BRUTE! RIOT! tile posters

Celebrate chaos whilst decorating your home with BRUTE!’s new tileable Riot posters. Successive prints can be hung end-to-end to produce the effect (if you so desire) of countless rioters hemmed in by an unlimited line of riot cops or, alternatively, hang the mob and their nemesis individually – the choice is yours!

Each poster tile is printed on 25 x 25” (63.5 x 63.5cms) 250gm. matt photo stock and signed by the artist.

For limited edition/numbered canvas prints, please contact bruteprop@gmail.com for details on ordering these spectacular posters.

Jeremy Lin poster

I was asked by several people why I hadn’t yet created a portrait of basketball wunderkind, Jeremy Lin, so I illustrated this portrait of him while his star was still in the ascendancy. While I originally planned to draw the sportsman in a Chinese Communist propaganda style, the resulting sketches didn’t quite capture his down-to-earth personality nor the messianic zeal with which so many of his fans across the world regard him.

I hope I have done him justice.

The poster is available from the blog shop in either canvas or photo stock.

For delivery charges outside Europe, please contact bruteprop@gmail.com for details.

Scarface (Tony Montana) poster

It’s been almost 20 years since I last created a portrait of Tony Montana (Scarface), surely one of the most iconic characters ever to have blasted their way out of a movie screen.

Since its less-than prestigious reception in 1983, Brian De Palma’s blazing gangster epic has become even more famous than its illustrious genre forebear, The Godfather, and remains one of the most influential (and oft-quoted) films of all-time.

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New BRUTE! illustration for KMFDM’s KRANK

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For KMFDM‘s 2011 US tour, I was commissioned to create my own interpretation of Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’, using band front man and industrial legend, Sascha Konietsko, as inspiration for the main figure.

The illustration was subsequently used on a range of merchandise currently accompanying the band across the U.S. of A.

Media: Sharpie, Japanese calligraphic brush pen, Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator.