Chapman’s Beverages

January 23, 2015By Ben BrushAll, Article, Other 10 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I did some digging into the historic Truro beverage brand, Hub Beverages. While doing some of that research, a few people mentioned that Chapman’s Beverages was another local soda company from the same era. I managed to track down a bottle at a local antique store ( thanks Babbling Brook! … Read More

HUB Beverages

January 13, 2015By Ben BrushUncategorized 3 Comments

I draw a lot of inspiration from vintage design. There is a lot to be learned from design created in an era of forced simplicity. Before the advent, and eventual popularization of computers, design decisions had to be weighed more carefully. Because design effects were drawn, rather than applied with the click of a button, they … Read More

Create a Vintage Linocut Logo Effect

October 10, 2013By Ben BrushAll, Tutorial 4 Comments

This tutorial will cover how to create a linocut effect in illustrator. Linocut is a printmaking technique where a block of linoleum is carved with chisels and then the block is inked and pressed onto paper or fabric.    Start with an image you want to base your linocut design off of. I chose this photo … Read More

Art Battle Truro

April 10, 2013By Ben BrushUncategorized

I took part in this amazing event last Sunday. It was one of the most fun filled, energetic events I have seen in Truro. There was a ton of talented artists who produced some amazing works of art in 20 minutes.   Have a look at some more photos from the event here.

Roll Up the Rim Book Tour

March 16, 2013By Ben BrushUncategorized

“Roll Up the Rim” is out now and I have been joining Leo McKay and Scott Nicks on a book launch “tour” around Nova Scotia. Last night  we were in  New Glasgow for the launch event there. Each event includes music by songwriter Scott Nicks, readings from the book by Leo McKay Jr. and my artwork that … Read More

Art Battle Truro

March 12, 2013By Ben BrushUncategorized

I have been chosen to compete in “Art Battle.” It’s a live painting competition taking place at the Split Crow in Truro. “Painters create the best work they can in 20 minutes. As they work, patrons move around the easels, closely watching the creative process. The medium is acrylic paint and the tools allowed are … Read More

Books are here

February 15, 2013By Ben BrushUncategorized No Comments

Roll Up the Rim, the novel I designed the cover for is now printed. The hard copies of the book will be available for purchase as soon as this week, at book launch events across Nova Scotia and soon after that in book stores. I will also be at the book launch events selling artwork … Read More

Leo McKay’s Roll Up the Rim

February 11, 2013By Ben BrushAll, Article No Comments

Leo first contacted me over a year ago about this project. At the time he had just started thinking about self publishing the novel. Working with him on it since then has been a long and very rewarding experience. This is an incredible novel. Everybody should read it. This is the artwork I designed for … Read More