Please introduce yourself in a few words. Tell us who you are and where you come from? Could you tell us how and why you became a graphic designer?
Well, I am Job de Vogel a.k.a. Legov. I live in Holland, nearby Utrecht. At daytime I work as a graphic designer, designing corporate identities, websites, annual reports, ads, etc. etc. At night I transform into LEGOV, an illustrator and painter who designs shirts and creates paintings.
What brought you to the idea of creating your design ‘I smell… banana’? What inspired you to use a gorilla and what is the story behind it?
A while ago a breakout of a gorilla, Bokito, occurred in one of the zoos in The Netherlands. That incident was the source of inspiration to make this particular design.
Do you like bananas yourself? Explain the special relationship you have with gorillas?
I prefer strawberries. :) I do have a special relationship with gorillas. In fact, I do speak some ‘Gorillian’. For instance: ‘Oe oe oe ah ah!’ and ‘Oeoea a a a a!’
Have you seen ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ a 1988 movie featuring Sigourney Weaver as Dian Fossey? What do you think of endangered species and the Human Being future in general?
Yes, I have seen the movie. It’s a great movie about an extraordinary woman. People sometimes don’t realise the beauty of our planet. We tend to forget that the world isn’t ours only. It is one to share with all species. Just because people are smarter than animals doesn’t necessarily mean that we should exclude animals from certain rights.
Although I’m not as brave as Diane Fossey or even the people at the Sea Shepherd, I became a vegetarian based on my beliefs concerning animal rights and animal cruelty.
Had you heard of laFraise before and how did you get to know us?
I have known laFraise for probably two years now and I discovered it by coincidence.
If you recommend us, what will you say?
LaFraise.com is a very clear site where you can buy great designs made by very talented people. Besides that they have great service.
Do you have any other hobbies other than drawing?
Not really. I have a beautiful wife, three children and a fulltime job. So, besides drawing and painting, there is no time left for me to practice other hobbies.
What are your expectations for this year?
I will have my first exhibition of my paintings at the end of the year. Hopefully next year will be a productive period. I´d really like to have some exhibitions next year. Creating more designs for laFraise is also one of things on the to-do-list-in- 2013.
Could you please draw us your interpretation of strawberries with Chantilly cream? Thanks for the interview and the drawing!
Thank you for the interview. It was an honor.