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The Rocketeer

My homage to the "Rocketeer" created by the legendary Dave Stevens. Here Cliff Secord, aka The Rocketeer, is facing off against bad guys as they speed away in their Heinkel over the Hollywood Hills.

Keywords: Graphic, Stylized, Vector, Action, Adventure, Comic Book, Sci-Fi, Vintage / Retro

© Erik Chipchase

Gee Bee R2 interceptor

Granville Gee Bee R-2 racer taken from storage & re-purposed for interceptor work in the days after the Japanese conflict.

Keywords: Graphic, Stylized, Technical, Vector, Humor, Adventure, Industrial, Technology, Transportation

© Erik Chipchase

Batgirl

The bright moon keeps our brave & bold Batgirl company.

Keywords: Cartoon, Design, Graphic, Silhouette, Stylized, Action, Adventure, Comic Book, Posters, Feminine

© Erik Chipchase

Death-Ray Charles

Death-Ray Charles is a Sci-Fi take of an American Icon inspired by the name of a now defunct Oakland band. Ray Charles now has a Death-Ray!

Keywords: Caricature, Design, Graphic, Vector, Humor, Celebrities, Sci-Fi

© Erik Chipchase

Russian Navy Recruit

Cold, drunk & bored? Why not get paid for it? Enlist in the Imperial russian Navy!

Keywords: Graphic, Vector, Humor, Historical, Political, Posters

© Erik Chipchase

Frida Nagel

Portrait of Frida Khalo rendered in the style of Patrick Nagel.

Keywords: Graphic, Stylized, Vector, Humor, Celebrities, Portrait, Posters, Feminine

© Erik Chipchase

BAD SPOCK

Bad Spock! The sinister portrait of Spock was inspired by the classic Star Trek episode "Mirror, Mirror".

Keywords: Graphic, Film/Entertainment, Vector, Humor, Celebrities, Portrait, Posters, Sci-Fi

© Erik Chipchase

Victory Goggles 1984

Double Plus Good! Don't be without BB, and his protective gaze, EVER! Now with VICTORY GOGGLES, you can take and be Big Brother wherever you go! Get your own at any Party Approved Commissariat!

Keywords: Lettering, Stylized, Concept Art, Vector, Humor, Political, Posters, Sci-Fi, Technology

© Erik Chipchase

Klaus, B Squad Leader

Klaus Daimler. Calm. Collected. German.

Keywords: Digital, Graphic, Line with Color, Silhouette, Stylized, Humor, Celebrities, Comic Book, Portrait, Posters

© Erik Chipchase

Oaklandia!

Our homage to Oakland the brave, the iconic Tribune Tower, and the Doggy Diner heads.

Keywords: Abstract, Conceptual, Stylized, Vector, Humor, Architecture, Posters

© Erik Chipchase

Wreath of Khan

They're still running with shields down. Of course! We are one big happy fleet! Ah, Kirk, my old friend, do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us fruitcake is a dish best served at room temperature? (pause) It is room temperature in the kitchen!

Keywords: Graphic, Realism, Vector, Humor, Celebrities, Holidays, Portrait, Posters, Sci-Fi

© Erik Chipchase

Little Girl Lost

Album cover.

Keywords: Graphic, Realism, Technical, Vector, Music, Posters

© Erik Chipchase

National Park Ranger

US Park rangers, protectors of our national heritage.

Keywords: Figurative, Graphic, Silhouette, Vector, Historical, People, Lifestyle, Vintage / Retro, Feminine

© Erik Chipchase

Willie Mays

Willie Mays, the quintessential San Francisco Giant.

Keywords: Graphic, Vector, Celebrities, Portrait, Sports

© Erik Chipchase

Madison Baumgarner

Pitcher and three time World Series Winner for the San Francisco Giants.

Keywords: Figurative, Stylized, Technical, Vector, Celebrities, People, Sports

© Erik Chipchase

Timothy Leroy Lincecum

Timothy Leroy Lincecum, pitcher.

Keywords: Graphic, Silhouette, Vector, Celebrities, Posters, Sports

© Erik Chipchase

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens portrait commemorating the 200th anniversary of his birth.

Keywords: Graphic, Vector, Celebrities, Historical, Portrait, Vintage / Retro

© Erik Chipchase

Alfa Romeo Giulietta

The 1959 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint & Spider are iconic Italian cars hand built by both Pininfarina and Bertone that continue to inspire new car design to this day.

Keywords: Design, Graphic, Technical, Motion, Vector, Industrial, Posters, Technology, Transportation, Vintage / Retro

© Erik Chipchase

Batmobile Art Deco

The Batman roars into action behind the wheel of the Batmobile.

Keywords: Cartoon, Digital, Graphic, Stylized, Vector, Comic Book, Fantasy, Posters, Transportation, Vintage / Retro

© Erik Chipchase

1964 Mini Cooper

Alec Issigonis’s tiny Mini sedan can lay claim to being one of the most significant automobile design of the 20th Century.

Keywords: Graphic, Realism, Technical, Vector, Industrial, Posters, Transportation, Vintage / Retro

© Erik Chipchase

1950 Ford Coupe

Popularly called the "Shoebox Ford" for its slab-sided design, the 1950 Ford is credited both with saving Ford and ushering in modern streamlined c

Keywords: Graphic, Realism, Technical, Vector, Industrial, Posters, Transportation, Vintage / Retro

© Erik Chipchase

55 Packard Clipper

1955 Packard Clipper - The Packard Clipper name was reintroduced and applied to the company's entry-level models, previously known as the Packard 200, beginning in 1953. For 1955, Packard became a marque in the newly formed Studebaker-Packard Corporation.

Keywords: Graphic, Realism, Vector, Industrial, Posters, Technology, Transportation

© Erik Chipchase

Amphibicar 770

“It’s not a good car and it’s not a good boat, but it does just fine” largely because of modest performance in and out of water. Another added, “We like to think of it as the fastest car on the water and fastest boat on the road.” Time’s Dan Neil called it “a vehicle that promised to revolutionize drowning.”

Keywords: Digital, Graphic, Line with Color, Realism, Technical, 3-D Rendering, Industrial, Technology, Travel, Vintage / Retro

© Erik Chipchase

1965 GTO

GTO built by Pontiac (General Motors) from 1964 to 1974. and is the first generation of American muscle cars.

Keywords: Graphic, Realism, Technical, Vector, Industrial, Posters, Technology, Transportation, Vintage / Retro

© Erik Chipchase

Citroen Traction Avant

In Diva, Jean-Jacques Beineix's cult 1981 film, Gorodish drives a Traction Avant, a car used both by the police and by gangsters.

Keywords: Graphic, Realism, Technical, Vector, Industrial, Posters, Technology, Transportation

© Erik Chipchase

Citroen 2CV

Citroen 2CV - Noted British automotive author L. J. K. Setright described the 2CV as "the most intelligent application of minimalism ever to succeed as a car", and calling it a car of "remorseless rationality".

Keywords: Realism, Technical, Vector, Historical, Posters, Product, Technology, Transportation

© Erik Chipchase

MB 300SL Hover

Mercedes-Benz 300SL Hovercraft - Mercedes Benz have unveiled their first successful production HOVER-AUTO. They also took the opportunity to combine the styling with the classic lines of the 300 SL body, modeled here with the lovely Ann Francis.

Keywords: Graphic, Realism, Technical, Vector, Humor, Industrial, Posters, Sci-Fi, Technology, Transportation

© Erik Chipchase

JFK Does Dallas

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination.

Keywords: Caricature, Graphic, Realism, Stylized, Vector, Celebrities, Historical, People, Political, Edgy

© Erik Chipchase

Type-F Shuttlecraft Split Window

An adaptation of a VW Kombi body and the F Class Shuttlecraft. During the mid-2260s Class-F shuttles were based at Starbases and aboard Constitution Class Starships.

Keywords: Graphic, Realism, Technical, Vector, Humor, Futuristic, Posters, Sci-Fi, Technology, Transportation

© Erik Chipchase

Lufthansa Travel Poster aviation art

Lufthansa poster, featuring the Heinkel He 70 "Blitz".

Keywords: Graphic, Realism, Technical, Vector, Historical, Science, Technology, Transportation

© Erik Chipchase

Die Fliegertruppen Taube aviation art

The Etrich Taube, also known by the names of the various later manufacturers who build versions of the type, such as the Rumpler Taube, was a pre-World War I monoplane aircraft.

Keywords: Graphic, Technical, Vector, Historical, Posters, Technology, Travel, Vintage / Retro

© Erik Chipchase

Doolittle Raid aviation art

70th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid. The Raid was a total secret to all involved and the members of the raid were chosen by volunteering for a "dangerous secret mission". 16 B-25 twin engine bombers were to take off from the deck of the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet and bomb Japan mainland.

Keywords: Graphic, Technical, Vector, Historical, Posters, Technology, Transportation, Vintage / Retro

© Erik Chipchase

Zeppelin L4 aviation art

Zeppelin L4, a piece marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Great War.

Keywords: Design, Graphic, Realism, Technical, Vector, Historical, Posters, Technology, Transportation

© Erik Chipchase

USS Olympia

The USS OLYMPIA was the flagship of the Asiatic Squadron. It is the only naval vessel from the American Spanish-American War fleet still in existence.

Keywords: Graphic, Realism, Technical, Vector, Historical, Industrial, Posters, Transportation, Vintage / Retro

© Erik Chipchase

12th Dragoon 1914

A French Dragoon as he would appear in 1914, during the battle of the frontiers.

Keywords: Figurative, Graphic, Vector, Historical, Political, Technology, Vintage / Retro

© Erik Chipchase

Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Armoured Car Mk I

British armoured car used during the First World War.

Keywords: Digital, Graphic, Realism, Technical, Vector, Historical, Posters, Technology, Transportation, Vintage / Retro

© Erik Chipchase

Sahara, Humphrey Bogart

Poster of the film Sahara, staring Humphrey Bogart (1943).

Keywords: Graphic, Stylized, Technical, Film/Entertainment, CGI, Action, Historical, Posters, Transportation, Vintage / Retro

© Erik Chipchase

Char B1 bis

Char B bis in service with the French Army May 1940.

Keywords: Graphic, Realism, Technical, Vector, Historical, Posters, Transportation, Vintage / Retro

© Erik Chipchase

M24 Chaffee Gojira

Defend Against the Monster Menace! Inspired by the original 1954 Gojira.

Keywords: Graphic, Realism, Technical, Vector, Humor, Historical, Sci-Fi, Transportation

© Erik Chipchase

Type 89 Yi Go

Imperial Japanese Army medium tank Type 89.

Keywords: Graphic, Realism, Technical, Vector, Historical, Vintage / Retro

© Erik Chipchase

MercenaryGraphics

Biography

MercenaryGraphics is the vision of illustrator and graphic designer Erik Chipchase, and is the best kept secret of the international design world. Sources such as history, geography, technology, modernism, socio-realism, and pop-culture are evident in his use of bold lines and evocative typography. Deftly balancing the juxtaposition of real and surreal, Erik weaves color and technique for subtle and effective results.

Style/Techniques

Abstract, Caricature, Cartoon, Conceptual, Design, Digital, Figurative, Graphic, Lettering, Line with Color, Realism, Silhouette, Stylized, Technical, 3-D Rendering, Concept Art, Film/Entertainment, CGI, Motion, Vector

Subject/Specialties

Humor, Action, Adventure, Architecture, Celebrities, Comic Book, Fantasy, Futuristic, Historical, Holidays, Industrial, Music, People, Political, Portrait, Posters, Product, Science, Sci-Fi, Sports, Technology, Transportation, Travel, Lifestyle, Vintage / Retro, Feminine, Edgy