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.
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.
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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.
I was recently asked by bar owner and entrepreneur, Glenn Spicker, to come up with a series of posters for his new bar/cafe. Situated in central Prague, Glenn’s bar boasts a museums-worth of cultural gems and artefacts culled from decades tracking down propaganda from the era of Communism. Called Propaganda, the new bar is the home of my new World Leaders series. Featuring the movers and shakers behind the political and cultural revolutions of the 80′s, the posters took me just over ten days to produce and will be showcased on the walls of the main room.
Keep posted for details of the bar’s opening.
Canvas posters will be available from the club/bar shop or from the online BRUTE! Products page.
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‘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.
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.
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Pictured is my latest portrait, entitled ‘Night Witch’, with Martina, the model who sat for it.
Price: 400 euros plus 60 euros for the printing, framing and glazing (postage extra).
In order that as many people as possible understand what is going on, propaganda must be disseminated in all quarters of the media. Starting from the street.
During my long-postponed visit to the UK this month, I came across a number of original artworks.
Stored in air-tight folders and packed into a steel chest, items from the early to late 90′s (including a number of animation frames and storyboards from the two animations I did for KMFDM) came to light as well as a treasure trove of ink originals, sketch books, silkscreens and graphic porn – all in perfect condition.
I will be auctioning many of these rare items on eBay in a month or so, so please keep watching this space.
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Driving Man, a pic of mine from back in the 80′s, has just received a makeover and the poster of the new design is now available from BRUTE! Propaganda either on glazed canvas or 250 gram photo stock.
It comes in three sizes: A1, A2 and A3.
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I decided, after several requests, to stage an exhibition of my work at a small bar gallery in Prague’s famous Mala Strana district.
The owners of Mad Bar (Plaska 5, Praha 5), keen promoters of modern art, suggested I use their restaurant to display my Popaganda-themed work. Instead of using the more intense images for which I’ve become known, I instead chose a selection of more colourful creations.
This is also the first time I’ve employed the digital print-to-canvas system and I was very impressed with the results (although it didn’t work so well with the black-heavy prints).
The gallery organiser turned out to be useless so Zuzana, my Czech girlfriend and PA, stepped in to organise the prints and help with the installation while I sent out eVites and set up Facebook events to promote the show.
Installation was pretty quick and glitch-free thanks to a fluid hanging system employed by the architects to protect the heritage building.
A last minute problem with the burning of the showreel led to me missing Gilbert Shelton and Robert Crumb’s talk at the Lanterna across the bridge from the exhibition but there was a healthy turn-out for the event with several skate decks and canvases sold.
Show ends July 13th
An album cover design I did for the celebrated MC5 guitarist, Wayne Kramer.
I was living in London’s Notting Hill area and his record company was at the bottom of my street. Somehow, I managed to wangle my portfolio into their offices and this is the ensuing art.
Hand-drawn with brush-pen and rapidograph, this 5”x7” illustration was the definitive final version before I traced it in Illustrator and coloured it.
I am now proud to present it for sale, price 275 euros (incudes shipping and handling). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
(If unsold in three weeks, I will then put it up for auction on eBay).
Another assortment of original ink sketches, roughs and composites for various art projects completed in 2008.
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A fan recently sent me two frames from the KMFDM animation ‘Drug Against War’ which I worked on with H-Gun Studios in Chicago, circa 1993. The top one is a three cel composite (additional inking by Pete Moriarty) while the one below is the basic illustration which was later coloured in Photoshop and animated in Director.
Special thanks to the Bert Bosman collection.
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After my earlier illustration was deemed ‘too morbid’ by KPMG execs, I decided to do a friendlier version. These composites were used to create the pic and I am offering the original inks for sale.
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I‘ve been spending a lot of time in the cafes of Prague, penciling and inking the Ribbon of Souls tattoo design for friend and client, Chris Lefler.
The pic features about 2/3rds of the eventual design and will be coloured once the inkwork has been completed in a couple of weeks.
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To see the earlier sketches, click here: http://bruteprop.blogspot.com/2009/02/brute-new-sleeve-tattoo-ribbon-of-souls.html
The image will be part of a wrap-around design intended for one of his calves and will also feature the legendary Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi.
Keep checking back to see the finished image.
I met him and his buddy Marcus when I was living on Merseyside, UK.
One autumn, we went to a small cottage in Anglesey, North Wales, and recorded low-flying jets from the local air base all weekend.
Great days, great guys…
I scanned the doodle into Pshop, coloured it; ran the black and colour layers through Cutout and then dropped in a Creation background.
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The first graphic I did for the Creation Project, whose philosophy of graphic architecture matches my own. Their idea is to include art at the planning stage, thereby eradicating the urban scribble of graffiti whilst retaining its graphic texture.
This A2 print is now available for a short period from BRUTE! Propaganda. Contact us by leaving a comment below.
BRUTE!/PIG prints are available for 50 euros (includes shipping and handling).
Poster format A2. Signed by the artist.
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