Animator Ian Jones-Quartey Take On Cartoon Network’s ‘Animation Jam’ To Lead Students In Drawing Their Own Ideas [VIDEO]


Ian Jones-Quartey started his early years as animator with a quest to break into the cartoon business. Like any starter, he begun cold-calling studios all throughout the city until one door finally opened for him. That was the beginning of his career at Cartoon Network with shows like "Adventure Time" and "The Venture Bros" under his credit.

Now, Jones-Quartey returns to give back to his community and the aspiring animators of tomorrow. As part of Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, he joins CN's "Animation Jam" with self-created created "O.K. KO! Let's Be Heroes" where he will give advice and encouragement and work with teams of students from local animation schools, Los Angeles Times wrote.

The animator said that the theme of their title is based on a world where every person is a superhero, and this time the limelight will be focused on the main characters which are three kids at a convenience store for superheroes. They have a budding fun world that is filled with different characters, bright and colorful.

CN's three-day "Animation Jam" kicked off Saturday wth a reception for students. Then, it was followed by passionate creative sessions on Sunday. Meanwhile, at the Cartoon Network's tower of offices first floor meeting hall, undergraduates gather together round computer screens and sketch pads bring to life characters one frame at a time, LA Times added.

The students came from participating schools like CalArts, California State University (USC) Fullerton and Laguna College of Art and Design. There were also young animators from New York's School of Visual Arts, Jones-Quartey's alma mater. Each team was tasked to create a 15-second piece from short-lived situations printed on slips of paper.

CN Studios' ongoing shorts program led to the conception of "O.K. KO! Let's Be Heroes." Jones-Quartey's short cartoon "Lakewood Plaza Turbo" has been an early take on the idea. But as an alternative of turning to a series, the studio decided to develop first it as a video game before inviting 200 professional game developers to a "Game Jam" in Portland, Ore.

WatchIan Jones-Quartey demo below.


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