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
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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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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Another portrait for a KPMG staffer’s private commission.
Portraits cost 500 euros. Please contact email@example.com for details.
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I seem to be working towards becoming the in-house artist for financial giants KPMG these days, with several of my commissions originating from their Prague office.
As their top man celebrated his 60th birthday recently, I decided to render a quick artwork which was presented to him this week.
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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)
‘Homeland’ artwork click to enlarge
In April of this year, I was contacted by a client with an interesting proposition: to create a piece that accurately described his philosophy of the defence of freedom.
Conceptual roughs for ‘Homeland’.
Over the ensuing weeks and months, and guided by his specific and intricate instructions, I condensed the dynamics of our conversations into a series of roughs. The more successful of these roughs were compiled into the final image which represents the defense of the weak from the predatory aspects of human nature.
This was a complex and challenging commission and one that I’m proud to have completed to the client’s satisfaction.
To commission your own BRUTE! illustration, please contact us with your ideas at: firstname.lastname@example.org
To purchase the ink original, please also contact the above email address.