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: http://www.dickblick.com/products/pentel-brush-pens/#photos
After a few months of prevarication, I finally came up with a short list of posters and opened the BRUTE! shop from which to sell them. Check them out at:
Photo of the Creation installation in Barga, Tuscany by Rory Wilmer
Sean Harter came up with the brilliant idea of creating a super hero and then convincing a bunch of artists to give him their unique perspective on his klutzy character. Check out his site:http://nobody-the-idiot.deviantart.com/ and keep an eye out for the first issue, due out in March 2009.
A quick study of a redhead I found on the web.
Photoshop cutout filter then traced in Illustrator before adding detailing.
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 http://www.bruteprop.com/v3/shop_poster_girlz.html.
This bitch was always too stuck-up to sit for me so I just went ahead and did her anyway. Great hair and cheekbones make my life so much easier.