jon birch [creative journal]

January 31, 2007

love those bunnies!

Filed under: Uncategorized — jonbirch @ 12:00 am


thanks to stateside friends karen and robin for this link. is a great flash cartoon site.

it features cartoon bunnies doing 30 second renditions of well know movies… from casablanca to reservoir dogs… brilliant!
all the good stuff with none of the dull padding in between… a lesson in tight story telling!


January 20, 2007

cartoon church

Filed under: cartoon, creativity — jonbirch @ 12:27 pm


dave walkers cartoon church is a great site! it’s not the drawings that make it great, although they are naive and funny… it’s the way his mind works! honesty laced with wit… nice work dave!

image taken from ‘we blog‘.

January 18, 2007

‘UNUSUAL SUSPECTS’… PROOST looking to find young creatives!

click on image for full size poster.

jonny baker and i (aka PROOST) are relaunching Proost later this year. one of the things we are looking to put on our new download site is the work of young and unknown creatives, (‘UNUSUAL SUSPECTS‘). below is the description of what kind of people we are looking for… if you know anyone who fits the bill, get this information to them.

Are you under 25 years old?

Are you a creative person in need of an outlet?

Proost is looking for unknown creatives to produce work for its new download site.
The new site will produce monthly downloads of creative resources for youth groups,
churches and individuals.

Proost produces 3 types of downloadable resource… AUDIO VISUAL, RECORDED MUSIC and BOOKS.
We are looking for young unknown poets, writers, illustrators, animators, film makers, music producers, fine artists, cartoonists etc. to present us with their ideas for media for our download site. If we like the idea, then you will be asked to make your piece of work. maybe a short film, a set of poems meditations or cartoons, a set of illustrations or music tracks…
The idea/s you present to us will be geared towards helping people in their spiritual journey. They will have an earthy reality to them not a churchy religiousness

If your work is selected to go on the site, you will be paid on a royalty basis.

There will also be a really great prize for the best piece of work produced by an UNUSUAL SUSPECT…
watch this space for more details on that one!

At Greenbelt 2007 Proost will be relaunching its website and we will use the event to promote and
showcase the UNUSUAL SUSPECTS.

Send an outline of your ideas and a brief biography to
Visit our current website at

PROOST, inspiring new resources that fuel faith.

our cowforce website also wins ‘yahoo’ peoples choice award!


great news for me and mike phillips of ‘paperhorse’, the sites designer (i provided character design and the sites animations).
very chuffed about this indeed! 🙂
a BIG THANKYOU to everyone who voted!

January 13, 2007

why patronage?

Filed under: Uncategorized — jonbirch @ 4:35 pm

my main point is to encourage leaders to challenge the rich amongst us to become patrons… artists themselves cannot do it, because it will always sound like begging…
i believe that the church has a responsibility towards the nurture of artists… it should not be optional.
an irritation of mine is that as an artist you are expected to be good at making money… this is not the case for a nurse, a doctor, a teacher, so why an artist? the only reason this can possibly be, is that we simply do not value the role of the artist… do we even understand the point of the artist anymore? if we don’t, then what a poor and dowdy lot we have all become, with few ways of saying anything meaningful to the world at large. this is a serious issue.

putting food on the artists table (patronage)

Filed under: Uncategorized — jonbirch @ 4:15 pm

this is a comment i put on jonny bakers blog… he said i should blog it, so i have!

if you love money… if you measure success by what you can afford and how many cars, houses and swimming pools you have… don’t become an artist! if, however, you have stuff to say and a creative way of saying it, even if it’s not what the majority wants to here… and if you have a burning need to express yourself creatively and don’t mind having less spending money than your mates, then the artists life is for you!
integrity won’t bring financial reward in itself, neither will the quality of your work.
patronage used to be alive and kicking in the church… sadly, that’s no longer true.
i’m fortunate… i’m making some kind of living being me… and in my professional work i tend to work for causes where the budgets are lower than they would be in the commercial world. sometimes i think, ‘what am i doing… i could be rich!” but mostly i think, ‘no, this is what i choose to do!” i made my decision when i was a bit older than joel (joel is jonny’s son, and wonderfully creative bod!)… i was in my first professional advertising job… and i thought, ‘you know what… other peoples cans of beans are just not important enough to me. that’s not what i care about.’
there were no mentors for me… nobody i knew who’d done the same thing… there was no map… just a kind of god given (i believe) self belief.
i am self employed… but i’m rubbish at business… but why would i be good at it? i wonder how many business people are great at art!
here’s a radical idea. rich people put a portion of their income aside to patronise an artist. all you leaders and ministers out there, challenge the wealthy in your congregation to support someone who has something to say… tell them, they may well see no financial reward for their act, but do it anyway for the good health of everyone!
so much of what we know about the past and the way we were has been given to us by artists, writers, painters, musicians, sculptors etc… do we really only value historical christian artists! if the answer is ‘no’, then it is important that as a christian community we put food on the artists table so that he/she can get on with their calling, as i said above, for the good health of everyone!
are these just the ramblings of a madman, or do i have a point?

January 9, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — jonbirch @ 11:06 pm

i think i’ll turn my website into a gallery/cinema. i won’t be able to do it immediately but will try over the next couple of months to get it sorted. i’ll use this blog as a place to talk about the work and a place for more open creative discussion. i will, as ‘richard l’ suggested, link images to movies on my site.

ike russ

Filed under: animation, audio/visual, character design, movies — jonbirch @ 6:14 pm


here is a better view of ‘ike russ’, the character featured in an earlier blog. i promise these movies will be viewable online at some point, but for the moment they are pre-release.

skateboard spirituality

Filed under: animation, character design — jonbirch @ 6:11 pm


this is a charcter for a mini site i am currently working on called ‘skateboard spirituality’… the characters were made in swift… swift is a great package for simple character design, i love it. it is limited, but as earlier blogs suggest, i don’t see that as a bad thing at all.

front page on yahoo

Filed under: Uncategorized — jonbirch @ 2:00 pm

very chuffed that our ‘send a cow’ youth website ‘’ is front page on still not too late to go and vote for it as ‘peoples’ choice should you wish 🙂

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