John Kenn

John Kenn is a creator for Children’s TV programming in Denmark. In his very rare bits of spare time he draws monsters on post-it notes. He calls them “Little windows into a different world, made on office supplies.”

Alice from My Modern Met caught up with Kenn and conducted a great interview. Below is an excerpt. You may see her 15 selects and view the entire article here.

Alice: Can you give me a brief background about you and your work? Particularly which television shows you write and direct?
Kenn: I have a Bachelors degree in Character Animation from the Animation Workshop in Denmark. I graduated in 2007 and have been working at Copenhagen Bombay for about 3 years. Right now, I am working on two different TV-shows: I am directing Carsten & Gitte’s Funky-Tonky Treehouse 2nd season (we are filming this and next week) which is a puppet show. The other one I am both writing and directing is a sitcom for kids with three monkeys who run their own restaurant. It is called Restaurangotang. (It only has a Danish title at the moment). Other than monkeys, it has a ninja, an elf and a grumpy man with newspaper.

Alice: Why did you start this project?
Kenn: So I wouldn’t die. (I know it is a silly answer, but I just HAVE to draw and I HAVE to tell stories and I have to do it fast, and by doing it this way on post-it notes I can get it all out fast, so that I won’t stress myself (or bore myself) to death.)

Alice: Are you a professionally trained artist?
Kenn: I am a professionally trained character animator. Drawing is just something I have been doing all my life from the very start. I am not a professionally trained writer or storyteller, but I guess that is also something I have been doing for as long as I remember.

Alice: What has the response been like to your post-it note art?
Kenn: It has been very good. I didn’t expect there to be any response, but a lot of people seem to be enjoying them.

Alice: How do you come up with your stories?
Kenn: I have no idea… sorry. And I try not to think about it that much, but I use whatever pops into my head and then just throw away what doesn’t work.

Alice: What are they based on (and/or what are you inspired by)?
Kenn: Some on childhood nightmares but mostly I am very inspired by literature and folklore. Stephen King is without a doubt the biggest inspiration, both his work-methods and his stories. The other big one is, of course, H.P. Lovecraft.

Alice: We noticed a Tim Burtonesque feeling to your art. Are you inspired by him?
Kenn: A tiny bit, especially his early works: Frankenweenie, Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands. I think I am inspired by the same things as he was inspired by as a young artist, and from what I know we both suffered the same kind of childhood in the suburbs.

Alice: What do you hope others will get out of your art?
Kenn: It warms my heart when I am able to scare people or just give them the sense of having experienced a small adventure from something so simple as a drawing on a post-it note.

Alice: Thanks for the interview, John. Love your ghoulishly great pieces.

You may view many more illustrations on John Kenn’s blog.

(via Alice @ My Modern Met)