Category Archives: illustration

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.

Copenhagen Climax: XXX movie poster

Editor of Film Rage magazine, movie producer and fellow film buff, Thomas Eikrem, commissioned me to create a suitably sexy poster for Hans Fredrick von Liljewahl’s upcoming B-movie, Copenhagen Climax. As the production had yet to have a proper script at that stage, I had little to work on other than a brief outline concerning two lovely girls up to hi-jinx in the aforementioned Danish city so I roughed out a series of  minimalist ideas based on the theme.

At first, my unorthodox take on the idea (the movie is shot in the style of a 70s porno) were thought to be unrepresentative of the period but, after discussiosn with the other producers and director, the poster was deemed satisfactory.

Check this page for updates and news of Copenhagen Climax’s release dates.

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Peter Steele Poster.

To commemorate a year since the death of legendary bassist, Peter Steele, I was asked by several fans to illustrate a portrait of the great man in action.

Printed on 200gm photo-art paper and signed by the artist, these dynamic posters capture the intensity of the performer as he will be forever remembered.

Petrus T. Ratajczyk (January 4, 1962 – April 14, 2010)

Special Limited Edition of 250.

Size A3 (16”x 22”)

Also available in green

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Larger sizes in canvas can also be ordered by contacting bruteprop@gmail.com

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