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‘Homeland’ illustration.

Print ‘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.

chasm riot shield 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.

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Doodle from 1993


Way back in 1993, I was in Chicago, art directing the KMFDM animation ‘Drug Against War‘ at C-Pop studios. In one room, the techies slogged (doing the animation tweening and compositing) and, in another, much sweatier room, I worked night and day with the cel animation team or ‘inkies’, as we called ourselves.
To keep spirits and morale up, the team and I engaged in Art Wars: denigratory and derogatory cartoons aimed at humiliating the other animators. Pretty soon, we had a huge wall covered with these gems and I am proud to present, courtesy of ace draughtsman, Peter Moriarty (who also worked with me on ‘Sonofagun’ and the ZPC: No Flesh Shall Be Spared game for Zombie Interactive), one of the best.
In between our punishing 36-hour shifts, the team shared a love of pool which we indulged in in bars such as McNeill’s and Hoilday in the city’s Wicker Park area.
Here is one of the crowing cartoons I posted one day after a typical trouncing on the green baize.


KMFDM rough art from Tohuvabohu


Tohuvabohu Swordgirl rough 01


Tohuvabohu album cover concept rough sheet


Tohuvabohu swordgirl figure concept sheet

I‘m often asked how much preparatory work goes into each album cover I do and this series of rough conceptual work goes some way in illustrating how the final design comes about.
3 months before the final artwork was completed, I started outlining the various ideas I had for the sleeve and a slew of pictures emerged from the process which Sascha and I discussed before I began to build the final image.
Now, I am able to present these images for sale. Anyone interested, please leave your contact details in the comments box below or contact me via our Gmail account bruteprop@gmail.com and I’ll provide prices and size details.
All the above are rendered in black indian ink and signed.

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Monster Head


I‘ve never been known for producing fantasy images but here’s one I’m working on for a client’s tattoo.

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.


BOSS 01 – 02


Office manager and gang boss from the same doodle.

Art direction: Mark BBDO






Some of the concepts and storyboards I came up with while working for Mark BBDO in Prague. These are for a projected Douwe Egberts coffee campaign.


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Rough Art






This is part of a series of rough artworks created for a client that changed his mind.


New KMFDM CD – conceptual art

I asked my media student group to come up with a range of ideas for the new KMFDM CD sleeve. Here are some of their concepts.