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Life In A Bungalo just received an e-mail from the folks at the Daily Show with a look at the Dunny they customized for the upcoming Kid Robot Paintball event. The artists, William Joseph Dunn and Dave Blog, posted a photolog of the customizing process on his Flickr site. Proceeds from the show are going to a Save the Children benefit, and the show will be held on Sept. 7 in New York at a yet-to-be-named location. Dunn and Blog filled us in on what it took to make a custom 20″ Dunny.

What exactly made the Daily Show decide to make a custom Dunny?
DB: Over the past year, I have had a number of people from KidRobot visit the show. I was contacted by one of them in may about doing a Dunny for the Paintball. I said OK and the next thing I new I had a giant blank Dunny at my desk.

When we say The Daily Show, who exactly are we referring to? The producers, writers, Jon Stewart?

DB: I guess it is mostly me. I am Associate Producer on the show. I oversee most of the graphics that you see each night. I have been with the show since day one, back when Kilborn was the host. I also worked with Jon at his old show, The Jon Stewart Show.

What were you going after with the design? How did you come up with it? How long did it take to make?

WJD: We were going for something simple that really represented The Daily Show. The first thing that comes to mind visually when I think about The Daily Show are the correspondents, so I thought the dunny had to be a correspondent as well. Since the faces of the correspondents change, but their role is always the same, the face had to be something that was universal and iconic at the same time. Dave and I thought the classic Indian head test pattern fit the bill perfectly… plus we thought it looked cool. It was done over the course of three to four weeks, in between my other projects.

Why did you decide to make a photoblog?
WJD: First I was documenting the process to keep Dave up to date on the progress of the dunny since he is on the east coast and I’m currently in Los Angeles. As I was documenting the progress of the piece though, (as well as some of the missteps) I remembered seeing a film called “The Mystery of Picasso”. The whole film is just Picasso drawing and painting, which is great, but the part that really resonated with me was the part of the film where Picasso just gets totally frustrated with a painting he’s working on and he is trying to work through it. At one point he even says “I’m really in trouble here.” Not only did it make me feel better knowing that even Picasso had off days, but I also I think it was interesting to watch how another artist handles a piece when not everything is “going according to plan.” Since I had some “material failures” earIy on I thought I would share some of the less than stellar points in the process.

What other work have you done? I heard you have work at Orbit.
WJD: Yes, I have a piece in the Orbit Gallery’s “First Erotic Show” right now. The piece can be seen at www.orbitgalleryspace.com as well as my Flickr site. Most of the other stuff that people would be familiar with is my work in animation. My “main gig” is as a background painter for studios such as Disney, Warner Bros., Nickelodeon, and Sony.

What other plans do you have for the future now that you’ve made the first Daily Show Dunny?

WJD: Right now I’m taking time off from working in animation to concentrate on a series of paintings I’m working on.

Any chance of a Jon Stewart Dunny?

DB: Probably Not.

What did he think of it?
DB: When I brought it into his office for him to sign, he really didn’t know what to make of it. It was definitely the strangest thing he has ever signed.

Author: George Koroneos

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