Spirit Machine update

With all the work for the Roadburn festival done I’ve continued my work on the poster for Timothy Plain’s short movie “The Spirit Machine”.

Here’s a little sneak preview of a detail of the painting.


Upcoming: Vinyl cover for a 10″ release for Doomentia records. More about this one later

Roadburn 2014

Seeing my work in series and in large formats never gets old.


A row of banners in front of the Tilburg (NL) strain station featuring the logo I did for this year’s edition of the Roadburn Festival.
Like every year I also took on the hefty task of designing the festival booklet (44 pages, this year!) in only a few evenings. It came out nicely. Phew!

Even though I, due to time pressure, had to cancel the stage visuals I had planned for Candlemass I did manage to finish some paintings for my annual Roadburn backdrop series.




Napalm Death vinyl cover news

A special vinyl release of Napalm death with my coverart is about to surface.


Here’s the press release:

NAPALM DEATH are pleased to announce the release of a limited and exclusive vinyl 12″ EP entitled “Our Pain Is Their Power” to commemorate their very special Roadburn Festival appearance on April 10th. Here is the press release from Roadburn Festival about it:The Roadburn only vinyl releases have become a tradition over the last few years. Proceedings started in 2012 with the Voivod – Live At Roadburn 2011 LP and the Ulver Roadburn EP, followed last year by Dread Sovereign’s ‘Pray To The Devil In Man’ EP and the Godflesh live Streetcleaner set. This year is no exception, and we once more present a special release for you: In conjunction with the special live set concentrating on the slower, painful, dirgy elements of NAPALM DEATH at this year’s festival, we will release NAPALM DEATH’s “Our Pain Is Their Power” EP to commemorate their appearance at Roadburn 2014 on Thursday, April 10th.NAPALM DEATH’s “Our Pain Is Their Power” EP collects those slower tracks that drip with sonic anguish from the last few albums onto one EP in a one-time run of 500 copies, to be sold at the Roadburn Festival 2014.
More details can be found here: Roadburn napalm death release

NAPALM DEATH vocalist Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway checked in as follows about the release: “I think it’s fair to say that live and on album NAPALM DEATH has always had more of an emphasis on a bare bones approach – just hit the ‘go button’ and it should all just about stay on the rails. However, there are other layers to the band and recently we’ve been in situations with more potential to pluck those from our repertoire. So, this EP gives you a significant flavour of that – as will the live performance. Although the music isn’t entirely identical, I feel the moroseness and sheer desperate bludgeon of early Swans is a big factor for us in creating this different type of mood. Hopefully we can emulate that kind of power.”


Roadburn 2014

I’m in full Roadburn mode. Everything else is on hold until after the festival.

Got the festival booklet, backdrops and the Candlemass visuals to finish in a race against time…..

I’m in the painting stage of the Spirit Machine poster, and that will be the first project I’ll finish after Roadburn.

Upcoming: “Solutions” vinyl re-issue cover for Doomentia records. More about this project soon.

The Spirit Machine

I’m working hard on my first ever movieposter.
I’ve worked in a vintage movieposter style before and because they weren’t for existing films I had all freedom to make up imagery. It’s very interesting and very different to now work on one for a real film with a storyline. It’s a short, adventurous, film.

The short, written and directed  by Timothy Plain, is called “the Spirit Machine”.
“The Spirit Machine” was the top funded short film on Kickstarter in 2012.

The poster is in the sketch-stage now
More about this soon.

Here’s a teaser




Have a great 2014

I wish everyone a healthy, successful and alltogether great 2014.


I’m counting on great things to happen this year.


Let’s start with the last painting of 2013


Boris Karloff, a small (13 x 18 cm) watercolour portrait.

And the first one of this year is also a Karloff painting.


This one, an older Karloff, I painted in watercolour measuring 21 x 30 cm.

Napalm Death on Roadburn

I just made a flyer/poster design for a very special Napalm Death show at next year’s Roadburn Festival.

Here’s the flyer and be sure to read the press statement underneath.


Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway: ”The common currency of Napalm Death is clearly the fast and the furious, but as Roadburn likes to peel away the layers to find the quirks in its performers, we have decided to attempt bringing to the fore the slow, painful, dirgy elements of Napalm that sometimes get partially obscured by the …speed factor.

We have a number of songs, you could say, from the ‘no-wave’ stable heavily dripping in the sounds of Swans / Coil / My Bloody Valentine et al and will yank those out of the archives to try and construct something resembling a set.

Then, just as the audience are about to jump off the nearest building amidst the abject despair, we’ll probably machine-gun it all with a few bursts of dependable speed. Job done.”

For more information go to Roadburn.com

I did the artwork in a small size (21 x 30 cm) in watercolour and gouache.

Here is the initial pencil drawing



…..and the final painting.


More of the Master

One more illustration that I made for Master’s Paul Speckmann’s Underground Survivor picture book.

A look behind the scenes


Is a poster design always based on the first idea that comes to mind?

In most cases it works out that way for me, but not every single time. Sometimes I sketch more than one idea until a final choice is made.

It’s a deadline-driven process so decisions have to be made quick. Sometimes I have sketches lying around that could have become pretty cool posters, or simply would have been great fun to paint. I thought it might be interesting to give a little peak into the Robotmonster kitchen and show a recent one that got filed away.

It’s the first sketch I did for the 2013 Acid King European tour poster.

I wonder how the finished poster would have turned out. It sure would have been a fun painting to do!

In the previous post you’ll find the winning idea and the final poster.

New posters! Acid King and Mondo Generator


Here’s the final design of the poster for Acid King’s 2013 European tour, featuring the painting that I showed in my previous post.


Next up here’s the poster for Mondo Generator’s European tour this year.

This one features a variant of the poster and art that I made in 2011. This time the art is used in the original colours.