Our friends at Slow Culture Gallery sat down with artist Jay Howell who helped develop all the characters for Bob’s Burgers. They will be hosting an art show with all new original works this week! Check out the interview below:
1. How did you come up with the idea for the book page drawings?
I saw the book titles in a thrift store and they were like the same ones I would come up with in my head. I love funny titles, titling things,naming things and I really like naming Dogs.
2. What was your inspiration for your cartoon Sanjay & Craig?
I made a zine called Sanji and Craig like 10 years ago. My partner Jim and I thought it was a funny idea and we changed it to a kids show. Weird!
3. From sculptures, illustration, watercolors, and cartoons, your art is spread across many different mediums. Do you have a favorite one to work with?
I like that I can change it up so often. It’s so fun to go from one thing to the next and stack up all kinds of freaky shit.
4. Did you do a lot of burger research in developing Bob’s Burgers? And do you have a favorite burger joint?
The creator Loren Bouchard really knew what he wanted. He was awesome to work with. I did like a million different drawings of the characters, it was fun. I love seeing them on TV.!
My favorite burger place is Umami Burger. I like my burger rare.
5. You seem to keep very busy between your show and producing so much artwork, have any upcoming projects you’d like to talk about?
I like this art show on October 25th at Slow Culture. i’m focused on that. I like all the drawings for it and I made a wood sculpture thing too for the first time. Thats tight.
About the artist:
Jay Howell is an all around kind dude that lives in Los Angeles with a dog named Street Dog. When he’s not illustrating for Vans, drawing skateboards or making zines he can be seen on the streets fuckin’ around and sayin’ classic shit. Jay designed the characters for Fox’s hit show, “Bob’s Burgers”. He is currently working as an Executive Producer, Co-Creator and Art Director on “Sanjay and Craig” an animated children’s show for Nickelodeon.
REVIEW: THE AMERICAN HAM BY THE OINKSTER X NICK OFFERMAN
The American Ham. Nick Offerman for Oinkster.
I drew a picture of masculinity. Here it is:
That’s a lie I didn’t draw it, I stole it off of SuperMachoMao’s flickr page, but the rest is true. That drawing is of Nick Offerman, and he is masculinity personified. When Nick is not making canoes with his hands, or shaving and growing a new mustache every 6 hours as he likes to do, you might find him collaborating with his favorite local restaurant, The Oinkster, on the ultimate mascu-meal: the burger.
The “American Ham” as curated by Mr. Manliness himself is constructed as follows: 6-oz. ground chuck patty topped with shaved ham, two layers of gruyere cheese, hot sweet mustard, mayo, and house-made bread and butter pickles on a sourdough bun. If a Cuban sandwich bore a child fathered by a monster truck that runs on fireworks, you would have this burger. My bench press max went up 40 lbs after the first bite. All that cheese and warm smokey-sweet ham were meant to be together, and atop a meaty burger the match is truly heavenly. The healthy mound of house-made pickles aren’t terribly sugary and are brined with thin sliced onions, making for a little crunch and tartness that ties it all together. A sourdough bun trumps all other choices because if you don’t like it you’re obviously a vortex of testosterone. It’s a lot of meat. And cheese. And bread. And it’s fucking AWESOME. Awesome like “God Bless America” sang by a chorus of 50 bald eagles with perfect pitch as lead by Bruce Springsteen. It’s heavy and delicious and you’re going to love it because you’re a MAN (or at least you like to eat like one).
All good things must come to an end and The American Ham is no exception. This triumph of nationalist cuisine is only available for the month of October, so if you hope to ever really be an American, get to Oinkster stat. While the burger itself will not be with us for long, mourn not, the chest hair you grow as a result of eating it will be with you forever. One nation, under this burger. God Bless Nick Offerman.