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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.

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Early concept design

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Mike – Breaking Bad

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To commemorate the passing of one of the greatest hit men ever to grace the screen, I created this vector illustration of steely ex-cop turned meth dealer muscle, Mike Ehrmantraut, again represssing the urge to blow Walter White’s scheming brains out. He shall be sorely missed. Prints of the Breaking Bad character are available from the […]

David Beckham Sportrait

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For the second of my sportrait series for online gambling site Buddybet, we decided to run a poll on Facebook to find the world’s most popular footballer. Despite heavy competition, David Beckham came out a clear winner and it is in his honor than I created this illustration depicting the moment before he scored that […]

Sportrait: New Orleans Saints Marques Colston

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As part of my recent sportraits series, I was commissioned to tackle New Orleans Saints’ receiver Marques Colston in the traditional BRUTE! style. Keep checking the blog for new sportraits in the coming months.

BRUTE! RIOT! tile posters

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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 […]

Jeremy Lin poster

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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 […]

Scarface (Tony Montana) poster

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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 […]

RIP Pete Moriarty 1966-2011

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Today, I received the tragic news that my old friend Pete Moriarty, animator and artist, has died following a massive heart attack. I met Pete when he was assigned to me as lead 2D animator on the KMFDM animation, ‘A Drug Against War’. As soon as I met the guy, I was struck by this […]

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.