BRUTE! Propaganda (in association with fulfillmentmerch.com) are proud to announce the launch of our new web shop from which we’ll be selling high-quality graphic clothing featuring designs created exclusively for the store by artist, Aidan Hughes.
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We here at BRUTE! Propaganda are always on the look-out for quality merchandise with which to adorn our images so it’s a pleasure to team up with a company that specialises in robust paraphernalia. Over at barproducts.com, they’ve produced a stunning series of BRUTE! bottle openers that will be the talking point of any BBQ, wake or parents-teachers meeting.
Buy them separately or as a set at their web site now!
KMFDM TOUR POSTER (War Bus)
As part of their promotional campaign for their upcoming tour, industrial group KMFDM commissioned me to come up with something appropriate.
Inspired by WW1 armoured mini tanks and modern anti-riot vehicles, I set about creating a hybrid more suited to the band’s image than the traditional tour bus. After creating a collage of elements in Photoshop, I then warped and re-shaped the chassis before re-drawing the finished product in ink. Final artwork layers composed in Illustrator.
In support of the Femen/Pussy Riot protestors, I created a suitably forceful chainsaw-wielding amazon for the front cover of the new KMFDM album, ‘Kunst’.
Since their incarceration for various anti-Putin stunts and protests, international support for the women of the movement has grown exponentially, mostly due to their bare-chested style of defiance.
(see Femen cross-felling video here: femen-cross-pussy-riot-930
Facebook have removed the image the band’s page.
A detail of singer Lucia Cifarelli from KMFDM’s band artwork from a few years back and now available from the BRUTE! blog shop as either a 240gm. photo stock or framed canvas print.
To commemorate the passing of one of the greatest hit men ever to grace the screen, I created this vector illustration of steely ex-cop turned meth dealer muscle, Mike Ehrmantraut, again represssing the urge to blow Walter White’s scheming brains out.
He shall be sorely missed.
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.
As part of my recent sportraits series, I was commissioned to tackle New Orleans Saints’ receiver Marques Colston in the traditional BRUTE! style.
I was asked by several people why I hadn’t yet created a portrait of basketball wunderkind, Jeremy Lin, so I illustrated this portrait of him while his star was still in the ascendancy. While I originally planned to draw the sportsman in a Chinese Communist propaganda style, the resulting sketches didn’t quite capture his down-to-earth personality nor the messianic zeal with which so many of his fans across the world regard him.
I hope I have done him justice.
The poster is available from the blog shop in either canvas or photo stock.
It’s been almost 20 years since I last created a portrait of Tony Montana (Scarface), surely one of the most iconic characters ever to have blasted their way out of a movie screen.
Since its less-than prestigious reception in 1983, Brian De Palma’s blazing gangster epic has become even more famous than its illustrious genre forebear, The Godfather, and remains one of the most influential (and oft-quoted) films of all-time.
For KMFDM‘s 2011 US tour, I was commissioned to create my own interpretation of Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’, using band front man and industrial legend, Sascha Konietsko, as inspiration for the main figure.
The illustration was subsequently used on a range of merchandise currently accompanying the band across the U.S. of A.
Media: Sharpie, Japanese calligraphic brush pen, Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator.
Should be available from the band’s site soon or you can buy one on their latest tour.
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.
To celebrate the start of Season 4 of the excellent US TV series Breaking Bad, I thought I would mark the event by creating my own Walter White/Heisenberg portrait.
I’ve been working for clothing company Atomic Hard Wear for most of this year, designing logos and animations for their web site and merchandising line. Ray, the owner, wanted an atomic symbol as the main graphic so we spent a few weeks toying with various versions before deciding on this industrial-looking, bolted girder effect.
Get on their Facebook group for all the pre-launch news and samples of the merchandise.
Obsessive fan and collector Tim Lawler walks us through his astounding collection of KMFDM merchandising. Good work, Tim!
Available as T-shirts from their site soon.
Look out for upcoming album and tour dates at their web site here.
Stay tuned for more images from this project.
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
the blog shop.
Larger sizes in canvas can also be ordered by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
I was asked by Sascha Konietsko of KMFDM to come up with a band illustration for their new album, Krank. Using several photos of the band onstage from their last tour, I spent a couple of weeks sketching the various members before building the scene in 3D and lighting it accordingly.
I then inked the individual characters before scanning them in and finishing off in Illustrator.
Details of the new album here
An old friend contacted me recently telling me she’d discovered some old photos of myself and fellow BRUTE! author, Malcolm Bennett, taken when we were publicising our unique range of T-shirts. Photographed by Dick Jude (of Forbidden Planet/Titan Publishing) in the then Cafe Munchen in London’s West End circa 1986-7, it shows the youthful literary duo cavorting with two suitably-attired lovelies.
Thanks to Gaye Scrivener (the cute one in the leather skirt) for this trip down memory lane.
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.
Due to an unprecedented workload, my only Stateside appearance this year will be as part of a group show entitled ‘Protest vs. Propaganda’ at the Sacred Gallery in New York. Appearing alongside your humble narrator will be works by such luminaries of the graphic art world as Adam Hays, Max Grundy and Shepard Fairey amongst others. For dates and information, please click on this link to the gallery’s web site.
Please come along and support the work.
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.