Creative Lives — From Nottingham to New York: Meet artist, illustrator and professional doodler Jon Burgerman

Posted 22 August 2017 Interview by Marianne Hanoun

Life as seen through the lens of Jon Burgerman is a fantastically frenzied affair. If you’re one of his 83,000 Instagram followers, you’ll already be acquainted with the professional doodler’s growing universe of characters – everything from pink levitating hot dogs to googly-eyed garbage cans. Ever experimenting with new mediums, his work possesses a wacky logic and restlessness that is particularly infectious. Sketchbooks, walls and skateparks, jewellery, clothes and wrapping paper are just some of the surfaces that play host to his stream of cartoony consciousness. In the past year he’s published four books, had his Instagram stories exhibited at the Tate Modern and was recently profiled by the New York Times. We met to talk first jobs, early inspirations, and why he decided to move 3,388 miles away from his hometown of Nottingham to Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

To read this article and more, log in to Lecture in Progress or create an account

Sign Up
scroll to top arrow-up

Sign up now for full access

For a wealth of behind-the-scenes advice and insight into the creative industries and exclusive benefits, become a Lecture in Progress member.



Lecture in Progress is currently available to current full-time and part-time students free of charge. If you're not currently in education but looking to get into the creative industry, please also select this option.

  • Unlimited access to editorial content and archive
  • An ever-expanding directory of essential resources
  • Student offers and promotions
  • Two weekly newsletters


£35/per year

Professional membership is currently £35 per year, sign up for a 14 day free trial below and get 25% off your first year with the discount code LAUNCH25

  • Unlimited access to editorial content and archive
  • An ever-expanding directory of essential resources
  • Professional offers and promotions
  • Two weekly newsletters
  • The biannual Lecture in Progress newspaper, delivered to your door
  • Insight reports into creative education and industry

Lecture in Progress is made possible with the support of the following brand patrons