Homeless Cop | Questions - Design Bureau

Homeless Cop | Questions

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Design Bureau caught up with Jason Fennell, a.k.a. illustrator Homeless Cop, to talk about his process and inspirations. See more at HomelessCop.com and see his Bumps for Adult Swim.

You’ve taken your artwork and turned it into a show for Adult Swim. Has it been difficult to translate your paintings into moving, talking animations?
It’s been easy because they are two totally different things, and while I paint like I draw, I am creating a whole new world of cartoons and characters that would never be anything like my paintings at all. Apples and oranges.

Who are your artist/illustrator heroes? How do they influence your style?
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Matt Groening, Seth MacFarlane, Parra, Matt Leines, Skinner, Neckface, Richard Colman, Jim Houser. All of these people are amazing and inspirational, but I’d say I’m more influenced by listening to music while I work—and by people like Larry David and Hunter S. Thompson.

Favorite animated show of all time?
Easy! The Simpsons!

If you could paint a mural anywhere in the world, where and what would it be?
I’d buy Kurt Cobain’s old house and paint one in the basement. I get the chills just thinking about it.

When you’re not sleeping, eating, or drawing, what do you do?
Listening to Nirvana, watching Curb Your Enthusiasm, various self-improvement projects.

Describe the process of making a painting in five easy steps.
1. Plan out the entire painting
2. Draw the outline in pencil
3. Go over outline in acrylic paint (the black lines)
4. Layer lots of acrylic paint on it until it looks really nice
5. Carefully go over all black lines again, and make it extra crispy with lots of time 
and effort

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