Jon Burgerman

How Artist Jon Burgerman Brings Creative Creatures to Life

To see more of Jon’s doodles, follow @jonburgerman on Instagram.

Jon Burgerman (@jonburgerman) has never not been doodling. “I doodled all the way through school, often getting in trouble for drawing with the condensation on steamed-up windows,” says the artist, who grew up in the UK and now lives in New York City. “Even from an early age, I was obsessed with drawing on everything. You could say art was a way for me to retreat into a fantasy world of my own making.”

These days, Jon paints, draws, animates and even writes as a full-time job — and also unleashes his creativity on Instagram Stories, adding googly-eyed creatures into the regular world and creating them out of inanimate objects with tools like markers and eraser brushes. “I’ve unlocked a part of my brain that allows me to anthropomorphize everything,” he says. “If there’s anything I’d like people to take from my work, it’s that it’s fun to be creative. Everyone should have a go at making things and not worry about them being ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ Just playing and seeing is the main part of the fun.”

5 Easy Ways to Jump-Start Your Creativity

From @jonburgerman​’s new book It’s Great to Create

1. Sound Shapes

What are your favorite sounds? Mine include the ping of a microwave, popcorn being made, crunching snow under my boots, and the noise the computer makes when I empty the desktop trash can.

When I draw, I’m always thinking of the sounds the lines and colors are making (in my head). Can you visually describe your favorite sounds without using any letter forms? Just use shapes, colors, and lines and see if you can make a cacophony on the page. Can anyone guess what your sounds are?

2. Blindfolded Self-Portrait

You probably know what you look like, right? Draw a self-portrait, or something very familiar, but with your eyes closed. Blindfold yourself if you’re tempted to cheat.

How do the lines in your mind match up with what’s on the paper? Is creation an act that only exists as you witness it physically happening, or is it something that can happen as you simply think about it?

3. Shut It

Try having a conversation using only drawings to communicate.

(I’ve had to do this a few times on my travels when I didn’t speak the local language and the locals didn’t speak mine. Funnily enough, I’ve also had to do this in the United States, where my English accent has occasionally proved too strange for some people to understand.)

4. Just Add Eyes

This is as easy as pie and just as satisfying.

Add eyes to existing objects and see how they anthropomorphize into something with a personality.

5. Go Big

Drawing large scale is quite different from when you’re scribbling in your intimate little sketchbook.

Instead of taking your pen for a walk with your wrist on a normal-size piece of paper, you have to stretch out with the pen, moving both your elbow and your shoulder. Your whole body is suddenly involved. Making art is a physical as well as mental activity.

It’s good to practice these movements and see how upping the scale changes how you draw and what you draw. If you don’t have a large roll of paper on hand, try flattening out something like a cereal box, taping it to a wall, and then drawing on it.

Book: It’s Great to Create


When did you discover your knack for doodle art?

I discovered my interest in doodle art around May 2012 I was a “newbie” back then. However drawing has been my hobby ever since I was a child.

Where do you get your ideas when working on a piece?

I got my ideas from experiences, emotions and people-especially the ones I love. I channel these thoughts and feelings into art. I have been influence also by foreign artists and other doodle artists.

How often do you work on a doodle art? 

It depends on my mood, I can doodle for 10 straight hours when I’m fully inspired or dedicated on a certain doodle (esp. when there’s a tight deadline on a client haha) .When I’m bored during class I just grab my pen and notebook and start to doodle.

I personally am impressed with how detailed your pieces are. What tools are you using?

When I’m doodling I first make a draft or sketch on how the elements and characters of that doodle would look like, using Mongol #2 or 4h Faber Castell pencils. On the outlines I use sign pens from Dong-a, M&G, Titus Pens, Unipins. But any pens will do the job as long as you can squeeze it to its potential and for finer details smaller tips pens from Unipins. On colored doodles I use different kinds of coloring pens, pencils and markers. The Faber Castell and Lil hand’s brand are my most used, for it gives wide array of bright beautiful colors and it blends in easily.

Aside from doodling, are there other crafts or things you wanna try or you wanna start practicing right now? 

Hmm, I want to pursue my interest in watercolour painting and calligraphy.

Your best/most favorite doodle artwork. 

There are a LOT of doodle artists in tumblr back in the days. Now, we only get to see a few of them and their artworks. Do you think doodle art is dead?

No. I have a lot of doodle artist friends in tumblr and I could say that doodle art is not dead . We could see only a few of them and their artworks because we are only choosing to prioritize a certain aspect of our lives, and in my case is to finish studying.

Your dream doodle art concept.

My dream doodle art concept is a 3D doodle art around

5X5 ft where in the characters and designs will be all about cookies and galaxies and the parts and characters will all pop out of the frame . HAHA ! A little weird though, but why not combine the 2 things you love the most.

Artists you look up to and why?

Jon Burgerman, Tokwa Peñaflorida , Mas Shafreen , Agnes Cecile and Lei Melendres . I really look up to these artists for they have a distinct style on their works wherein you could always identify their works from other artists for their uniqueness.

5 things we don’t know about you.

1.  I’m an only child

2.  I love to buy art materials but I just hoard them instead of using them

3.  I’m afraid of pregnant women.

4.  I appreciate the little things that people do for me.

5.  I’m a crybaby

Words you live by.

Art is not what you make people see, it’s what you make them feel. It enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same. Art is the gateway of our souls to the world. So grab your pens and paper, draw, express, create and inspire.


Angelo is a 20-year old BS Electronics and Communications Engineering student at the Technological Institute of the Philippines. Aside from doodling, this talented lad loves photography, sketching, and working on watercolour paintings.