This is Tahgasa Bertram, a.k.a. the Sweaty Eskimo. For a sweaty fella, he’s actually pretty cool. This chicken-addicted (‘outside of the igloo, Nando’s is my second home…’) artist is full of ideas so clever and colourful that the work he produces practically bounces off the page.
The name alone is intriguing enough, but there’s a lot more to find out about the Sweaty Eskimo. Read on!
Tell us a bit about yourself…
I’m a chicken loving, ginger beer drinking, self-taught freelance illustrator, hailing from the not-so-sunny city that is Birmingham, and studied briefly at Birmingham Metropolitan College before taking the no-education route into the industry.
All the illustrations I produce are hand-drawn and edited in Photoshop. My work is a visual insight into how I visualize things in my mind. My illustrations are very imaginative, colourful and bold, and I think they represent me perfectly.
What are your inspirations?
I wouldn’t say I’m directly inspired by anything visually and tend not to spend too much time looking at other people’s work. I think I’m scared of other designers’ work creeping into mine. A lot of designers cover their walls with posters and vinyl toys etc. My walls are all plain, as I don’t need the work of others to inspire me or help me with ideas.
I’m more inspired by people’s achievements. Looking at where they are in the industry and how they got there. I just keep working hard on my style and hopefully I’ll get far in the industry.
Oh wow! Tricky question. I’d have to say the latest project I did, which was an ad campaign for clothing label, Boxfresh. They teamed up with another fashion label, Cut & Swallow, and East London MC, Mx Bratt, to produce a new clothing range. I was asked by Boxfresh to produce 5 music, London, and fashion theme illustrations to accompany photos of the new range.
Right now, I love the work of Johanna Basford. Her hand-drawn illustration work, being predominantly black and white, is the complete opposite to mine but it’s awesome nonetheless. The amount of detail she includes is amazing and I’m surprised any human has that kind of patience!