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Jon with the artwork for his monograph, Pen's Are My Friend

Design heroes: Jon Burgerman

Artist Jon Burgerman makes a living out of doodles.

His colourful, cartoon-like work... described by BBC Nottingham presenter Frances Finn as 'Pokemon crossed with South Park' have brought him international success.

Jon's commissions, many from international corporations such as Sony, Levis and Coca Cola, have allowed him to explore his own art without the stress and pressure of making money.

Burgertown heroes by Jon Burgerman

Jon's Burgertown Heroes

"I've been very, very lucky. My work just happens to lend itself to various commercial things... it'd be foolish not to take advantage," he says. But Jon adds:

"I think it is really important as an artist that you are pursuing your own interests and creating your own projects, not just being led by commercial propositions."

His art has appeared on t-shirts, trainers, as plastic figurines, on office walls, on hoardings, skateboards and even a sick bag.

Jon Burgerman at work

Jon doodling up a wall

Having overcome his fear of flying he's been exhibiting all over the world since 2001.

"Occasionally, I'll do live painting. A lot of my work is in a continuous line. People find that as kind of fascinating, seeing me doodle and draw and scrawl in this way. A bit like Tony Hart, RIP.

"For me, I can't understand the interest... it's a bit like watching paint dry."

Jon studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University. After graduation he stayed on in the city and now resides in St Ann's.

Charles Webster album cover by Jon Burgerman

Charles Webster cover by Jon

His first commission was an album cover for Nottingham-based house DJ Charles Webster.

The release was well received globally and Jon has had regular work ever since.

Jon's art can be found in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum and The Science Museum in London and he's also been a guest on BBC children's TV show Blue Peter.

Bid to be World Design Capital

Nottingham bid to become the World Design Capital in 2012. The city council, the Arts Council and Nottingham Trent University are behind the application to the International Design Alliance (IDA). Jon supported the application along with Nottingham-born designer Paul Smith.

You can hear more 'design heroes' every Tuesday with Frances Finn, 09:00 to 12:00 on BBC Radio Nottingham (95.5 & 103.8FM, DAB and online).

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