Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving: The Cravings

Happy Thanksgiving from :D

Now, please pass the pumpkin pie!


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Stormwatch: New 52, from DC Comics

I have really enjoyed the first three issues of current re-launch of Stormwatch in the DC Universe and have been itching to try scribbling some of the characters.  Well, this is about as far as I got:

Honestly, I need to stick to my daily work and quit trying to be half as amazing as Cully Hamner.  Make sure to keep up with updates from and join the fans on Facebook.

Thank You,


Astrology/Zodiac Sign Leo: Tribal Men's T-shirt

T-Shirts Available at

My goal for the Zodiac Leo was to present a wild independent lion spirit.  I had a lot of fun refining the shapes to form his fiery mane.  I also remember tweaking his face until he had a direct and confident expression. Leo is sharply watching you.

-Brett Schmidt

T-Shirts Available at

Friday, October 28, 2011

Illustration Friday: scary


New colors for Halloween 2011, deep red scary :)

-Brett Schmidt

Art Files: Wild Tribal Creatures

These are from 2002 and earlier, but I'm really trying to take streamlined versions of these designs into my current animation projects.  I think they are going to update just fine :)

-Brett Schmidt

Art Files: Tribal Wolf

This is probably the origin of the Demon Pack style and approach to apparel.  This was the first time I really took a tribal approach to an animal and then really sat in Illustrator and created a vector for the sketch.  The current version is available printed on white tank top here:

Art Files: Apollo Astronaut

I entered a space art contest in 1999 (I think) and created a stack of sketches to collage in Photoshop.  I found the stack today and felt this image was worth sharing.  

-Brett Schmidt

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

13 lil' Demons Sale at

Enjoy savings thanks to some lil' Demon price shredding.  Each lil' Demon makes an appearance on every item page so please click around.  Theres also a FREE shirt available in M and L in case you want help spread the word :) Check em' out HERE

Thank You,

Brett Schmidt

Friday, October 14, 2011

Illustration Friday: scattered

The scattered horror zombie.

Boo! Grr! Blehhhhh! :)

Happy Halloween!

-Brett Schmidt

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tribal Kingdom 2: A Tribal Dance Mix by Gerard Mattera

Today I am celebrating some great beats from Gerard Mattera and working through a long list of projects for the week.  I think its the incoming of Halloween madness. I hope everyone is getting ready to spook up some fun for the little ones at the end of the month :) 

-Brett Schmidt

Don't Forget! Support some of my favorite tracks from this set:

Dirty Secretz - "Copa" Buy on Beatport
Spartaque - "Global Access" Buy on Beatport

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Illustration Friday: ferocious


the ferocious lion beast.

-Brett Schmidt

Demon Pack Animation VJ Loop Animation

I've been re-working through my animation for Demon Pack VJ Loops on Pond5.

Here are some animated LOOP previews with clips from awesome music artists (The Boomerz, DeadBots, and Dirty Secretz):

Go support some great music:

Thank You,

Brett Schmidt

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Eagle NYC Art: Playing for Life

Getting sporty with my continued work for the Eagle NYC.  This image is for their Playing for Life event.

-Brett Schmidt

Monday, August 29, 2011

Crakens: Fan Art

I have the deepest respect for artists who put those ideas in their heads to paper and begin to build a complete world.  Thats what Martin Hsu is doing as he continues to grow his CRAKENS.  Please look beyond my sketch-e-ness and join the CRAKENS on Facebook.

-Brett Schmidt

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Surfer Demon: Visual Color Remix

Adding some extra color to my Surfer Demon design.  There are limits in screen printing and its fun to stretch from those limitations sometimes.  Enjoy and thank you for the awesome support!

-Brett Schmidt

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Illustration Friday: influence

A couple strong influences have crossed my art table recently...

I was trying to warm-up one day and drew some influence from tofusquirrel with this lil kitty :)

Also, I currently have the Caged Warrior in production and I really felt the Keith Haring influence emerge out after I vectorized the original drawing.  Very pleased with the high contrast in the final image.

Thank You,

Brett Schmidt

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Arena New York: A Current Mix with a Classic Touch

I just finished the cover to Gerard Mattera's latest podcast, check out the updated Arena beats below:

Here is how Gerard describes it: "I Did this Set as the Evolution of Arena, and my painted vision of what it would feel like today. There are a mixture of Arena Classics "Touch" France Jolie, "Every Hour on The Hour", Brutal Bill's "Destiny", and Rodger S. "Walking on the moon" to name a Few... Enjoy it and ENTER THE ARENA!!!"


Brett Schmidt

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Robyn - "Call Your Girlfriend" (Kaskade Club Mix) Demon Pack Animated Video

I was an instant fan when Kaskade took Robyn's song for "Call Your Girlfriend" and transformed it into a big energetic colorful dance floor sound.  I took pieces of Max Vitali's directed video to keep the lyrics + Robyn at the heart ... my addition ... the custom animation for Kaskade's beats for a heightened club feel.  I had to satisfy the images flashing in my head whenever I'd listen to his mix.  

Thank You For Watching,

Brett Schmidt

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Illustration Friday: gesture (MJ's Banana Ride)

My favorite monkey in his banana ride :)

-Brett Schmidt


Topic from Daily Sketch Group at I only used the Wacom on this one.  Its not nearly as easy as dropping my pencil on the paper, but it really makes me think color on the fly.

Thanks for viewing :)

-Brett Schmidt

Muscle Line Art, Pencil Drawings by Brett Schmidt

The pencils, working out some men of steel.

-Brett Schmidt

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Eagle Bar NYC Ad Black and White Illustrations by Brett Schmidt

 I've been doing for a run of ads for The Eagle Bar NYC printed in Next Mag through the summer.  Here are some select black and white illustrations:

I really appreciate the awesome feedback and support.  Enjoy :)

-Brett Schmidt

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tattoo Muscle Brute Chain Link Fence T-Shirt

Click here to check out a new signature t-shirt design:

Tattoo Muscle Brute Chain Link Fence tee by DemonPack. Available from

Here is the penciled line art for the t-shirt:

Thank You,

Brett Schmidt
Royalty-Free Stock Video at Pond5

Thursday, May 19, 2011

DJ Marketing and Branding

Gerard Mattera's Logo

Demon Pack just finished creating some branding for New York DJ Gerard Mattera and its time to spread the good monkey beats.   The project started in my sketchbook and I began drawing from his energy and presence. Taking the time to sketch really brought on the idea of giving his first name the monkey tale effect. The "M" was originally going to be very 3D to match Gerard's live dimensional mixing of tracks, but it over powered the monkey. The extra line on the name was the best solution and still mimics how Gerard can match multiple beats on the fly.

Refinement came from looking at existing DJ logos and seeing how Roger Sanchez branded himself across his social channels online.  We loved the way the "S" of his last name detached from the full name logo to create a portable square logo that he often drops into smaller spaces.  It also doesn't hurt that we both think Roger Sanchez is a true leader in the music industry.  So we followed his lead by creating the "M" piece to be used in similar fashion.

It does not stop here.  The new branding appears on all new media and his audience already identifies the current image.  We can also shift gears and Demon Pack Animation can step in and apply these materials to viral animation and live show branding in the future.

Please enjoy some animation using a mix from Gerard Mattera:

Demon Pack Animation Demo Reel from Brett Schmidt on Vimeo.

Play FULL Mix Here:

-Brett Schmidt

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Acceptance: Shadow at the Edge of Day and Night By Andrew Souza

I was approached by the author Andrew Souza if I could illustrate some of the interior image for his book.  Here is the overview for his new book Acceptance:

While serving, Andrew witnessed many interesting places and things, some of which had to be written down. This particular mystery-thriller takes place in Brommer County, Missouri. Where two lawless riders were responsible for all the mayhem and carnage dealt to the nearby communities; their foul actions were done solely out of spite and greed, but unbeknownst to them, their deeds would eventually catch up with them.
Many years later, four young adults headed to a concert they believed would be the best one yet. On their way to the show, they noticed some things weren’t quite right. The young group initially thought they were lost, but soon found that was not the case at all. Not much later, it was revealed to them the reason behind their misfortune. While signs to turn back were being boldly displayed, their egos were too big to notice.

Now for a glimpse of my contributions to the book:

The book is now available in Hardcover and Softcover from AuthorHouse here.

-Brett Schmidt

Check out the Acceptance Website.