I was commissioned to come up with a suitably dynamic image for this year’s High Jump freestyle diving competition here in the Czech Republic. Much of the artwork I’d seen for similar events had been from photographic sources that focused mostly on side shots so I wanted instead to use an improbable POV to heighten the drama of the dive. Using under-lighting, I was able to bring out an urgency to the face and hands and utilised the natural cliff shapes in the background to force speed and perspective. For the text, I created a style that merged both techno and retro themes, mimicking those racy pulp cover titles of the 50’s. The weight of the title grounds what would be a top heavy composition without it.
The new print of this poster is now available. minus text, from the print section of the BRUTE! blog shop.
Over the last few months, I have been able to amass dozens of rare original ink illustrations dating from the early 90s to the present day and I am pleased to announce their sale here on the blog.
Included in the sale are rare and unseen KMFDM concept art, original draft illustrations, animation storyboards and frames plus original BRUTE! pulp covers and vintage advertising artworks. Ranging in price from 50 to 500 euros, each one is a collector’s item, signed by Aidan Hughes.
To explore the current collection, please refer to the ‘Inks’ section of our Products page.
Due to considerable interest following the BRUTE! Republik opening in Prague last week, BRUTE! Propaganda are pleased to offer stickers from the show. Printed on glossy, self-adhesive vinyl by Twisted Sticker and measuring 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ these limited edition stickers are all-weather durable for 5 years and come in packs of 12.
Back when I was working as an art director and writer for Zombie Games in Seattle, I came up with a, for then, revolutionary game concept called Messiah.
To play, you set out as a child and worked your way through eight quests, each one leading you further onward to eventually become a wise elder who unites and frees the enslaved populace.
As there were no weapons involved, the player had to use their wits, charm, stealth and cunning to get to the top. Unfortunately, it was such a revolutionary concept in 1998 that it was unable to be made into a game.
Maybe next time…In those days, my usual way of presenting an idea was in the style of a graphic novel which normally took me between a week and ten days to flesh out. The above illustration was hand-drawn in ink on A3 paper and represents a few of the levels contained in the game which would later be expanded on by the level designers.
I presented this concept to GT Interactive and Zombie shortly before I left the company to go freelance.
This original artwork is available for purchase. Offers to: email@example.com
Back in the early 90s, I was commissioned to illustrate Warner Music’s catalogue. I was pretty much burned out doing these film noir gumshoes so I hesitated at first but eventually capitulated when writer Ian Dewhirst added more characters.
Despite some negative reactions from the suits at Warner’s, it went on to win a D&AD advertising award for Best Corporate Campaign.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, I wanted to choose an iconic female that would speak volumes about the women in my life and their best qualities: their concern and resolve, their nobility and beauty.
PS. I used the lovely Tina Louise (Ginger in Gilligan’s Island) as the basis for BIG RED.
The image is available form the Products shop as either a canvas or art stock paper print.
Here at BRUTE! Propaganda, we encourage a healthy dialogue between communities and law enforcement officers. With this in mind, we’ve unleashed our Limited Edition, 100% cotton T-shirt for those keen to foster a special relationship with their local constabulary. These vintage shirts were originally intended for the Notting Hill Carnival back in 1992 but were printed without the accompanying text.
Order your COPS! T-shirt today while stocks last. See products for details.
Every once in a while, I get the opportunity to re-render one of my old illustrations.
A Drug Against War was one of my first sleeves for KMFDM and when I asked the band for a high-res copy of the sleeve, they were only able to supply me with a heavily-pixellated version. So, using Illustrator, I painstakingly reproduced the artwork with clean and minimalist vectors, keeping as close as possible to the original.
I am offering this beautiful A0 canvas print for the special price of 560 euros.