Tag Archives: illustration

Day for Night: Jack the Ripper cover

Of  all the Illustrator artwork I’ve done over the years, this cover for new band Night Surgeon proved to be so intense and complicated that I had to go out and buy a new PC (each brick in the left wall has between 3-6 different layers and the RoBoHo took almost a week to complete). While the story concerns the antics of Britain’s most famous serial killer, Jack the Ripper’s shadow is the only evidence of his presence in the scene.

I was heavily influenced by my research into the crimes of Jack the Ripper and spent hours poring over some of the lurid lithographs of the period, trying to somehow convey the flickering effect of old gas lamps on foreground and background shadows. In addition to the lithographic research, I sourced early Kasimir Malevitch‘s paintings of farm workers etc. to convey the stiffness in the coats and uniforms worn by policemen of the period.

Of all the work I’ve done so far with Illustrator, this piece has had the steepest learning curve of the lot and the compunction to continue layering was hard to resist. In recent years, I’ve endeavored to minimalise my style to such an extent that I’d forgotten the power of detailing in telling a story. These new skills, plus the power of the new PC, will enable me to generate a more in-depth dimension to my work in the future.

More information about the new release and the band here

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.

Giant FIST stickers roll off the press

Courtesy of  Twisted Sticker in Toronto, BRUTE! are proud to unleash our latest monster onto the marketplace.

At a pugilistic 52 inches across, this empowering emblem will stun the neighbours into oblivion when they see it emblazoned across your SUV or dirtbike.

Made from weather-resistant vinyl and delivered in custom BRUTE! packing tubes, the FIST sticker is going to smack the living daylights out of your, er… day.

Please check the products shop for details on how to order.

MESSIAH – game concept art

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: bruteprop@gmail.com

BIG RED – Women’s Day

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.

Vectorised ‘A Drug Against War’ artwork

adaw [Converted] click to enlarge

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.

(see in the Products shop for details)