Category Archives: art

David Beckham Sportrait

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 legendary last minute free-kick against Greece that booked England a place at the 2002 World Cup finals.

To convey the moment of calm before impact, I have created several kinetic thrusts: the rush of the player, the downward swoop of his leg and the imaginary arc of the ball as it blasts its way past the wall and into the back of the net. To further intensify the velocity of the scene, I have drawn Becks as a figurative lightening bolt, poised at the moment of striking its way to earth.

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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.

RIP Pete Moriarty 1966-2011

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 gentle giant’s loving approach to his art and those around him. Working tirelessly over the an arduous three-month schedule, Pete produced hundreds of beautifully-rendered pencils and final ink animation cells for the video within the raucous ambience of our sweaty, ink-stained cavern. It was a glorious time of belly laughs, high-fives and  Chicago’s finest pool halls and Pete’s contribution to the camaderie was as big as the man himself.

So, when the call came several years later to do another animation for the band, Pete’s name was my first recommendation.

Budgets being what they were in those days, Pete stayed at my house in Seattle during the production and became one of the family over the following months. Every morning after walking the kids to school, Pete and I would work our way through a pot of almost-black java and a couple of Cuban cigars on the back porch of our house in Queen Anne,  kicking ideas around and absorbing the view over the Puget Sound.

I remember we once bet him he wouldn’t swallow a spoonful of incendiary horseradish sauce someone had given us (but we’d been too pussy to taste). As I watched the children’s awestruck faces as his head turned a violent shade of purple, I knew we had made a true friend.

The last time I saw and worked with Pete was on the PC/Mac game, ZPC: No Flesh Shall Be Spared for which he and fellow Behemoth John Schnepp animated several sequences, some of which can be seen here.

His sister discovered Pete  in the early hours of 23rd September. He had died as he had lived – at his desk.

Farewell, big buddy. Today, I will toast your leaving with the traditional Jameson’s poured into the River Vltava.

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.

Samuel Beckett- 30-minute portrait

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As part of my 30-minute Portrait series I decided, once again, to draw a man of senior years and created this vector sketch of Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet Samuel Beckett.

Beckett is widely regarded as among the most influential writers of the 20th century. Strongly influenced by James Joyce, he is considered one of the last modernists. As an inspiration to many later writers, he is also sometimes considered one of the first postmodernists. He is one of the key writers in what Martin Esslin called the “Theatre of the Absurd”. His work became increasingly minimalist in his later career.

Keep a look out for a special edition print run of this illustration in the BRUTE! shop.

RED DARE poster – now on sale.

RED DARE – click to enlarge

Inspired by Frank Hampson’s Dan Dare comics and the Rev. W. Awdry Thomas the Tank Engine book series, this retro-futurist hover train comes hot off the BRUTE! presses this week.

Printed on 200gm. photo stock in blazing scarlet, this gorgeous poster will set your wall on fire (not really).

From a special limited edition of 250, each poster is signed and numbered by the artist.

Also available in glazed and framed canvas.

Don’t miss that train!  Order today from the BRUTE! blog shop.