Category Archives: illustration

The Pentel Brush Pen

The magnificent Pentel Brush Pen changed the way I worked back in 1981 (when I discovered them by accident in a Chinese store in Amsterdam) and I have been using them (or Berols) ever since.

Initially, I’d use them for a particular stroke but then moved into doing a spiked shading with them, similar to that used by Frans Masereel in his wood-cuts.

Combined with a hard-tipped outlining pen, they far outstrip the peformance of paint brushes and can adapt to detailed work as easily as they do to bolder strokes and calligraphy.

The first publication I used them in was The Claim in 1982 and then used them regularly with rapidographs for the BRUTE series before dispensing with the tech nibs completely in 1984.

The difference is: with the Rotrings, art becomes like surgery. With the brush pens, its more like foreplay.

Draw the BRUTE! way today:

ZPC: BRUTE! PC game on Amazon

I made this computer game back in 1996 for Zombie Games in Seattle, Washington.

It has become available on Amazon for a few bucks.
Check it out while they last at:

and see cut clips and animations from the game here:


Every once in a while, it’s refreshing just to draw a pic for the hell of it. Here are two hell-blazing vixens from back when I was working in Seattle in 1996. I think it was the first thing I’d ever coloured in Photoshop and took me a couple of days. I offered it to a few bands at the time but no-one seemed interested so I am selling it as a poster instead