Jon Burgerman. http://www.jonburgerman.com http://www.helloduudle.com http://www.biro-web.com Jon Burgerman. After we administered the Candy Flavoured Travel Vaccine™ we headed off to parts unknown, hoping for tropical and exotic, to interview another in a line of Illustration Gods! http://www.jonburgerman.com http://www.helloduudle.com Imagine my horror when I removed my blindfold to reveal I was in http://www.biro-web.com Nottingham! But this town, once saved by a band of men in green leotards being merry, has a new hero... the World’s Greatest Kung-Fu Cake-Eating Viking illustrator - Jon Burgerman! Previous page. 300% illustration. This page. Trexi chase figure . Various illustrations on reused card & paper. BrenB: I probably shouldn’t say this but there is a rumour going round BB: Your work appears to be very popular at the moment, you must BB: Hmmm, so apart from your (somewhat suspicious) delight in all that you actually use…sorry if this is out of line but…pen and paper at be very busy. But have you done any work you are actually proud of? things confectionary, have you any recent work that you'd care to some stage in your work! Would you care to take this public JB: There’s work I was pleased and excited to do but I’m not sure mention perhaps a particularly good client that highlights why this opportunity to address this accusation? Maybe you could describe the about being proud about it. It’s all too easy to look back upon most of way of life can be so bloody good? digital process involved in making your work look hand-drawn? what I’ve done and only see where it could have been better, I’m JB: On the one hand all clients (that pay up!) are good because they Jon Burgerman: Ha-ha – yes, very good. You shouldn’t believe often disappointed in myself, I am a let down and must try harder. It’s help fuel the not-going-to-work-and-doing-a-proper-job life I happily anything you hear, best to carry a mild distrust of most sources of probably a healthy attitude to have, it doesn’t seem right to be patting part-take in. Highlights for me are the cool projects where I've been information. My process of working is not intelligent design (stupid yourself on the back because you drew a few pictures. I achieve the trusted (probably against some upper management's better judgment) term and idea) but one of slow, painful evolution. Pretty much greatest sense of pride when tapping on the back of a baking tin and to just have a go and run with an idea. Of particular note is the everything starts out as a basic pen drawing in my sketchbook. It’s a seeing (and smelling) a warm, fresh cake, all in one piece, slide WipEout Pure job I did with SONY last year. They got me to create a cliché but it’s true – if the piece doesn’t work on paper then it smoothly out on to the cooling rack. new level as part of their downloadable bonus content packs for the probably won’t work out on anything else. Once I’ve got the drawings game. (Anyone with a Pal copy of the game can download the track I down and I’m as happy as I’m going to be with them they are designed for free.) It was a crazy brief as, really, there wasn't much of scanned in. Then they get cleaned, tweaked, coloured, and maybe one, which is strange for a job of that profile. So over the course of a vectorised to suit whatever they’re needed for. It’s a very simple few months, working with the 3D computer boffins at SONY HQ in process, and when you look at my work you can probably see how it’s Liverpool, I made all manner of odd track side features and creatures. put together and that it has come from hand dawn pieces, which isn’t It was great fun, like winning a special competition or getting your necessarily a bad thing at all. letter chosen on Jim'll Fix! It’s not like having to do work. Future employers and commissioners take note - I only want to do cool stuff like that now, so buck up your ideas a bit, eh? I'd be lucky to work on something as exciting so freely again (though they did cut a trackside building with an impaled hamster on its roof). Top. Various character illustrations. >> Illustrations for SL magazine. Bottom. South Africa. Left. 'Chump + Chumpette' artwork, Pencil and felt on paper, 2006. Right row. Doodlebot. Babybabybaby Magazine spread (Mexico). Paintings on card. This page. Jazz illustration. 'I Am Bad' Mobile phone wallpaper. Character design. No store Poster (http://www.nostore.org/index.htm). Candy SweetTalk6 ‘I Love Candy’ special giveaway poster. This page. Various penand marker drawings. Bottom right. 'Stop Your Messing Around' Tiny Showcase print. BB: What do you do if you get a spare moment? When you were BB: Okay, a conspiracy of silence, I get it, it’s a closed shop. But was BB: Is the internet a vital tool for younger did you ever envisage a time where doing nothing except designing Toys something you sought out, or did an offer appear one a. creating a global system where atrocities can be reported instantly, work would make you happy? day in your inbox? people held to account and injustices expressed, or JB: If I have spare time I like to sleep, that’s where I can be a Viking. JB: It started with the inbox footsies but gestated and grew a little into b. purchasing really cool toys, t-shirts and books, When I was younger I wanted to be an artist, pottering around in a meetings and phone calls. I've been very lucky that I was in a position and could you give an example of when you have used it for either or shed and playing with paints all day long. I think this is because at where a few opportunities where given to me and I had to choose the both of these options? school I found the art classes really frustrating. The teachers would ones I thought were best. Designing toys takes a long time, the whole JB: I think it’s great that people can buy stuff from all around the talk for half the lesson and then we’d be really restricted over what process is fraught with lots of back and forths and tweaking but it's a world, stuff they wouldn’t normally have access to. The internet is a paints and materials we could use. Now I can paint, scribble and labour of love - it's something I really wanted to do and I am really cool medium for information sharing and making the world seem that doodle all day long without anyone stopping me! So who’s laughing pleased to be working with Flying Cat on some cool projects, which little bit smaller. I’m glad to be doing what I do in the internet age, now Mrs. Thompson? …ahem should finally raise their heads above the precipice soon! where it doesn’t really matter where I live because I can be in touch with anyone anywhere anytime. BB: There are too many great illustrators and designers about at the BB: When you are under pressure to deliver an illustration and/or a moment, are there any that you don’t envy too much that you can still flash animation to a really cool ‘must impress’ client do you ever lose BB: What are the weather, club scene, graffiti, rent, speed-dating admire them? focus and find your mind wandering? Or are you so totally in the zone nights and second-hand Book/Record Stores like in Nottingham? JB: I admire a lot of them, you’re right! There are a lot of talented that you never crack? JB: When I first moved here I was most impressed by Nottingham’s people working in doodles and illustration today. A lot of them can be JB: The zone? I wish I was in the zone! I’m always in a state of collection of three Selectadisc stores all in a row on one street (with a found on the links page of my website http://www.jonburgerman.com cracking. I panic and sweat, toil and stress. I get really worried they’ve couple of comic book stores sandwiched in between). Now there’s a (that’ll get me out of listing anyone here). confused me with someone else and are expecting something cool giant Fopp too. Nottingham used to have a lot of pound stores, which that I can’t possibly deliver and they’ll be really disappointed with me. again, pleased me greatly when I first arrived as a student. BB: The Urban Vinyl Toy scene is so hot at the moment. You must Doodling can be a tough job sometimes, it’s not for the faint hearted. The weather is your standard midlands weather, you can have it in have some wicked gossip, who’s not talking to who, who is the biggest any colour as long as it’s grey. Nottingham is actually a good little city bitch, etc? The Public demands to know the truth behind the all in all, if it wasn’t I guess I would of left by now. I know nothing apparently amicable front! about speed or dating (do those two mix?) JB: Everyone I know and have ever met has been wonderful. >> This page. Plush Zeebzeebs protoypes (Flying Cat). Dinkton and Yimmi vinyl pre-production samples (Flying Cat). Sketchel limited edition bag. This page. ‘Hello Duudle - The Duudleville tales book’, collaboration with Sune Ehlers (http://www.helloduudle.com). Wipeout Pure PSP Print ad / Section from the first HD book (bottom right). This page. Screenshots and renders from 'Burgertown', a WipEout Pure track design for the PSP. BB: Have you any treasures in your studio that you couldn’t work ...and an added bonus question... without? Do you collect anything? Would you insist on playing yourself in a Crimewatch reconstruction if your studio had been burgled for BB: Tea & Biscuits or Pint & a Fag? these items but you had bravely chased the criminal or criminals away? Tea and Biscuits without a doubt (no pink wafers mind). JB: I love my computer but if it got stolen it wouldn’t be the end of BB: Bearded Ladies or Siamese Twins? the world. The only important things are the work, so the data on it is Bearded ladies, because you could always shave them more valuable than the computer itself. I’d be upset if someone stole BB: Pretty in Pink or Dirty Dancing? all my back up DVD’s and old sketchbooks, as they’d be worthless to Pretty in Pink, much more macho and manly than Dirty Dancing, them but irreplaceable to me. It could be fun playing myself on even though, of course, I’ve never seen either. Crimewatch. I could lie about how I fought off six of the criminals with BB: Luck or Destiny? just my kung-fu skills and an array of Posca pens. Both, I don’t believe in either but don’t want to tempt ‘em just in case they do exist. BB: How much do you love drawing? Have you ever dreamed of BB: Monty Python or The Goodies? losing your drawing hand in, say a boating accident, just so you could Python, funnier all the way. give up and try something else or do you think you would train BB: Richard Whitely or Des Lynam? yourself to draw with your surviving hand? Neither, I like the clock ‘boong’ sound best. JB: I think I’ll avoid boats from now on. I do, however, have a BB: Have a wooden leg but also a parrot that can talk or possess a contingency plan if something terrible happens – I will open an pair of healthy legs but never own a parrot never mind hear it talk? international school of doodling, inviting top students from around the Got to go for the non-parrot option, it’d only try and peck my eyes out globe to come and learn how to draw like me. Then I will send them and crap all over my shoulder. back to their respective countries and take a healthy percentage of their profits and live off that. Maybe with all the money I could invest in a robotic arm replacement like Darth Vader has and get back on with the doodling myself (whilst expanding the Empire and choking people with my dark side powers). You’ve always got to have a plan B. This page. Various illustrations and stupid doodles!