[Carmen:] Youâ€™ve doodled on so many things: canvases, murals, sculptures, toysâ€¦ How did you get into illustration?
[Jon:] I studied fine art so it was a bit of an accident. A design studio knew I painted, so just after graduating they asked me if I wanted to have a go at making some art for an LP cover. I said yes, I made a painting, it became the cover, and that was my first â€œillustrationâ€ job.
[C:] Where does your inspiration come from? Is there a design process?
[J:] Doodle, tea, worry, day dream, fiddle about online, doodle, nap.
[C:] Youâ€™ve got an instantly recognisable style. Is there anything youâ€™d like people to know about it?
[J:] Nah, just enjoy it and have fun with it!
[C:] What tools and materials do you normally work with?
[J:] Generally a black pen on white paper, then a cheap $50 scanner into Photoshop CS3 if itâ€™s for digital things. Otherwise, I try and use the computer as little as possible.
[C:] Weâ€™re curious to know if thereâ€™s anything youâ€™re working on at the moment. Any projects you care to share?
[J:] Iâ€™ve just made some iMessage stickers for your newly updated iPhone devices: 20 funny, colourful and cute character stickers to liven up your conversations.
[C:] What caught your eye about Joto?
[J:] I love getting a robot to doodle, thereâ€™s something nice about not having to look at a screen. Iâ€™d like to do a collaborative live drawing with a Joto, that would be fun: Jonoto!