Off the Shelf : Pens Are My Friends by Jon Burgerman
March 23, 2017
An occasional peek at what's on my bookcase and why...first up, Jon Burgerman's Pens Are My Friends.
You probably already know who Jon Burgerman is, and if you don't then you'll almost certainly have seen his work. It's been on everything from wallpaper to drinks cans to vinyl toys and stickers. If it can be doodled on then Jon probably has at some point.
I first came across his work in about 2006 in an issue of Computer Arts that focussed on character design. What I like about his work is that not only does it have a very distinctive look, but it also has a huge amount of charm.
It also showed me that you can make money from being a doodler ;) While many artists at that time where pouring hours into creating pixel-perfect illustrations, Jon was doodling on stuff with Posca pens (if you haven't tried these, you really should). It made me realise that you have to try to be true to what you enjoy. It's not always easy (I've been trying for years ;P), but it's something I keep coming back to.