If you hadn’t already guessed from the name of the website, my pseudonym is Jason Whatever; I am a cartoonist, illustrator and designer.
I was born in Nottingham, England, in 1970 and have lived in the East Midlands all my life.
My first memory of drawing is copying photographs of Motorbikes from a catalogue. I also recall creating a new cartoon poster city scene based on a Demolition Derby scene from a Berol Tubed Poster set.
I have always had a good imagination and often described as being a daydreamer.
For most of my school years, Art was never a path I saw my life going in until a teacher saw potential in my 5th year.
Art college in the late 80s set the foundations before I specialised in graphics. As computers were not yet in colleges for creating graphics, we had to photocopy fonts out of a Letraset catalogue, increasing in steps the copier up until the desired size reached. Colour meant painting or inking the traced letters. This way of creating stayed with me, and now when it comes to graphics, I start my designs with fonts and white space expanding up from that (although using a computer helps this process).
At the same time as college, I was getting paid for drawing cartoons each Saturday for cartoon slides for a business training company. This time was my learning curve into cartoons, illustrations and my fun with puns.
After leaving college, I worked for the Training Company full-time for about four years then on and off as a freelancer for the next 15 years.
I hit a patch of lousy luck and joined two Graphic Design companies both going into liquidation within a year.
I solely freelanced for a couple of years following before having to take up full-time warehouse or driving work from 1996 till about 2003.
I don’t regret not having a creative job during these years as it gave me life experience, and I continued creating part-time anyway.
I can thank the cartoonist Simon Bond (101 uses of a Dead Cat) for my pseudonym Jason Whatever. I used to use the name Jason W, and after going through the flood of rejection letters, like every cartoonist will have been through, I asked Simon Bond (the then editor of a short-lived magazine called Squib) for advice. Apart from the usual ‘keep at it’ he commented on my pseudonym – he wrote ‘drop the W and use… er… Whatever or something’ and so Jason Whatever was created.
I returned to full-time design in 2003 and fully freelance in 2005
I have been designing cartoons, graphics and illustrations for over 30 years for a vast range of subjects from environmental issues to picture framing.
Majority of my work has been for Commercial use from Councils to National Companies backed up with published cartoons in magazines and newspapers.
You can see a selection of work in my Portfolio.
I hope to create new clients’ designs on a wide range of topics. Also as I turn 50 I am starting to think about my archive.
For over 30 years I have large collection of sketched out part ideas, developed a few more further and some are just a single graphic or a page of scribbled text.
Rather than create even more new idea concepts, I have decided to spend the next 10 years bringing these archived ideas to life.
I am calling this Project Whatever and will be using #projectwhatever whenever one of these projects comes to life. I am really excited about returning to my archive of ideas and I look forward to you seeing them.