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BRUTE! https://blog.bruteprop.co.uk Art and Ideas by Aidan Hughes Wed, 21 Oct 2020 09:29:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.17 The Complete BRUTE! hardback – now on Amazon! https://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=2033 https://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=2033#respond Thu, 01 Oct 2020 09:46:40 +0000 http://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=2033 Continue reading The Complete BRUTE! hardback – now on Amazon! ]]> After 35 years and countless attempts to get it published (OK, six), I am proud to be able to finally offer this iconic slab of pulp fiction to the public.
Originally, we hoped to publish it with Titan Books but, due to a disagreement about the content, they passed on the proposal and co-author and -creator, Malcolm Bennet, sadly died while we were still in negotiations. After another year of stalled plans, we were finally approached by Eyewear Press who promised us complete artistic control and final edit (thanks, guys!) and the result is now available online.
Please, share the link to get BRUTE! recognised as the cultural landmark it is.
Buy it!

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The BRUTE! classified pulp nasties collection is here! https://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=1986 https://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=1986#respond Fri, 24 Jan 2020 20:54:11 +0000 http://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=1986 Continue reading The BRUTE! classified pulp nasties collection is here! ]]> Over the last few decades since the publication of the Sphere paperback, we have attempted to find a new publisher to reprint the stories from my BRUTE! magazine into one volume. After being turned down by several companies, we have secured the services of Eyewear Press and I’m proud to announce that the book will be on the shelves in May 2020. Featuring all the stories from the seven BRUTE! pulp magazines and the paperback plus the short stories from Blitz and BIKE magazines, this is a comprehensive collection that includes several never before published yarns and illustrations.

To pre-order your copy, please click the link HERE:

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Omicron illustrated album https://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=1888 https://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=1888#respond Sun, 13 Oct 2019 17:04:33 +0000 http://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=1888 A couple of years ago, I was asked by Nowhere Nation to produce a number of illustrations to compliment the music in their latest album, Omicron and now the album has finally been released.
Check out the animated vector art and album here.

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BRUTE! artwork for the Massive Attack/Mad Professor remix album https://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=1965 https://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=1965#respond Mon, 23 Sep 2019 11:39:34 +0000 http://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=1965 Continue reading BRUTE! artwork for the Massive Attack/Mad Professor remix album ]]> My illustration for the band has been gestating since I first signed on for the project over 5 years ago in which time several obstacles had to be overcome before its release. However, the band re-contacted me to renew communication after they invited me to see their show in Prague last year and the artwork proper began in earnest.
I suggested in my initial briefing with the band’s Robert Del Naja that a Jack Kirby-style cover would suit the nature of the release and I came up with a number of concepts before the idea of a super-powered Mad Professor blasting away at a horde of giant insects (referencing the Colorado beetle cover on the cover of their 1998 Mezzanine album) struck a chord and was completed in a couple of weeks.

Album available here: https://massiveattack.lnk.to/MadProfVinyl

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Milan Fras (Laibach) portrait https://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=1958 https://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=1958#respond Sun, 04 Aug 2019 10:48:02 +0000 http://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=1958 I have recently been commissioned by a client to embark on a series of portraits of his favourite musicians, the second of which is this handsome portrait of Laibach front man, Milan Fras.
Anyone interested in posters or prints of this epic illustration, please message me here or contact me at bruteprop@gmail.com for ordering details.

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KMFDM – PARADISE: Sketches and final art. https://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=1937 https://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=1937#respond Wed, 10 Jul 2019 18:45:08 +0000 http://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=1937 Continue reading KMFDM – PARADISE: Sketches and final art. ]]>
Final artwork. Inked by hand and colored in Adobe Illustrator

For the their new album, Paradise, KMFDM supremo, Sasha Konietsko, wanted an artwork that would inspire hope in a world torn apart by tribal rivalries and hatred. As both of us are family men, it seemed appropriate to create an image that would illustrate our state of mind concerning the future of our children and immediately this post-apocalyptic scene popped into my head. Hold them close, teach them well and maybe their generation can accomplish that which we did not.

Sketch one based on an idea by Sascha Konietsko. I originally saw it as a Mad Max-meets-Social Realism propaganda piece but, as the backstory to the scenario grew in my mind, I could see it becoming something more meaningful.
Secondary sketch. Still with the message of hope I wished to create fresh in my mind, I replaced the corny heroism for a quieter dynamic and tried to capture the relationship between father and daughter.
Third sketch. I decided to use a reverse symmetrical angle of the father and daughter to indicate the connection between this scenario and my earlier artwork for KMFDM’s Salvation album in which a young warrior rescues an unconscious woman from the ruins of a destroyed city.
In this initial pencil sketch, the main character had a bow, a knife and a pistol. These were all subsequently removed when Sascha and I agreed that they should be entering the future without weapons.
One of a series of alternative colour and background combinations. The sky in this version was considered too busy and replaced in the final illustration by a huge sun.
This image from the album, Salvation, ties in with the one from the Paradise cover in that the woman the young warrior rescues from the ruined city is the mother of his daughter in the new illustration
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Custom BRUTE! portraits now available. https://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=1826 https://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=1826#respond Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:10:54 +0000 http://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=1826 Continue reading Custom BRUTE! portraits now available. ]]>  

There are a number of positive aspects to my work as a portrait artist. One, I don’t have to come up with a narrative or conceptual roughs for the illustration. Two, I work from an available media source (the photos). Three, there’s no management committee putting their ten-pennorth in and extending the job schedule with endless re-edits and Four, I get to reach an audience who might normally never get to own one of my works.

 

Prices for portraits start at 450 euros (497.00USD) per face. Final file is in vector format for maximum scaling.

For details on how to commission your own portrait, please contact me at bruteprop@gmail.com

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KMFDM at the BRUTAL ASSAULT festival, Czech Republic, 2017. https://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=1821 https://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=1821#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:26:22 +0000 http://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=1821 I was hoping to be able to catch the band at least once this year but it was not to be, unfortunately. However, I was behind them all the way.

photo by Carl Mullen.
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NEW!! KMFDM album, Hell Yeah!, drops. https://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=1807 https://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=1807#comments Sat, 01 Jul 2017 11:40:52 +0000 http://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=1807 Continue reading NEW!! KMFDM album, Hell Yeah!, drops. ]]>

There’s a back story to the image I created for KMFDM’s latest album, Hell Yeah!
Back in 1994, I’d just moved into a new house in West London, renting a studio nearby as a workshop. No sooner had I acquired the keys when I got a call from KMFDM supremo, Sascha Konietsko, who informed me that he had to have the artwork for the band’s new album, asap. I barely had time to assemble my desk before starting the process of creating the image.
Unleashing the hack within me, I copied my face and hand reflected in a shaving mirror, adding the buildings behind almost as an afterthought. Despite the amount of fine detailing, I finished the picture well within my deadline.

Rather than mail it ahead of time, I decided to dwell a while on what I’d drawn, subsequently realising how powerful yet negative the image was. So, using another layer, I drew a cable within reach of the falling man’s hand, offering him a way out (if he chose to take it).

Over the years, it has become one of the images I’ve become most known for. I’ve been approached by people and told that the illustration made them stop and contemplate their lives  before attempting suicide. Somehow, I’d accidentally created a piece of art that spoke to people in a way I’d never consciously considered during its creation.

Fast forward to 2016 and the news that KMFDM, once again, required a new BRUTE! cover.  As I’d just launched the Tweak app, my time had been spent spent absorbing related articles and videos while how our lives are being shaped by smart phone technology was a recurring topic.  During a phone call to Sascha, the idea of updating the Glory cover to address the  concept occurred to me and, over the next few days, I embellished the initial idea into a story of sorts.

I think it’s one of my best.

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My new game-changing app and how it will affect the Future of Work https://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=1757 https://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=1757#respond Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:07:22 +0000 http://blog.bruteprop.co.uk/?p=1757 https://medium.com/@Tweakapp/how-the-alarming-number-of-graphic-designers-without-work-unleashed-in-me-the-desire-to-transform-aad27d3de04b#.7ghbqkpui

 

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