About Jonathan

My name is Jonathan (Jonochrome), formerly known as 'JonBro' on Newgrounds and 'tehjonbro' just about everywhere else.

I was born in June 1994, I've been using Flash since 2004, and I had always aspired to make animations and games as a child so that I could bring my constant ideas to life. Now animation is one of my many hobbies, while game design has gone beyond being a hobby and is now probably my greatest creative passion.

Pixar and Nintendo have both been significant inspirations to me for as long as I can remember, and they've both taught me to look for art in everything around me each day so that I may improve what I create. My short-term and long-term artistic goals always seem to be changing, but generally, I aim to entertain, connect with others through my work, and have as much fun as possible doing it.

As of now, my favorite games are:
1. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
2. Star Fox 64
3. Donkey Kong 64
4. Super Mario Sunshine
5. Yooka-Laylee
6. Mother 3
7. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
8. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
9. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
10. Tetris Attack

My favorite movies are:
1. Toy Story 3
2. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
3. Inside Out
4. Stranger Than Fiction
5. Indie Game: The Movie
6. Groundhog Day
7. Spirited Away
8. Metropolis (2001)
9. It's a Wonderful Life
10. Hugo

My favorite book--the only book I've ever truly fallen in love with--is the sensational Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud. While I'm at it, I'll also mention my favorite color is green and my favorite animal is the red panda.

Today, on the inside, I am the same child that I've always been, learning what I can in hopes of bringing my constant ideas to life, forever reckless with ambition.

If you hope to personally contact me about anything, you're most likely (but not guaranteed!) to get a reply from me via:
Email: jonochrome(at)hotmail.com
Twitter: Jonochrome
Newgrounds: JonBro

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What do you use to make your movies and games?
A.   I use Flash 8 Professional (and sometimes Flash CS3) to draw, animate, program, and all in all just put everything together. Any recording or sound editing that needs to be done, I do with Audacity. I've made music with FL Studio 9, although I've also used royalty-free music from the musicians of the Newgrounds Audio Portal. I often draw with a mouse and sometimes draw with a Wacom Bamboo art tablet. Any additional effects I need for one of my works is usually created with a program like Photoshop.

Q. When will your next project come out?
A.   As much as I wish I had the answer, I won't know until it's finished, and I won't finish it if I don't think it's going somewhere.

Q. How did you learn to do what you do, and can you teach me?
A.   Nearly everything software-based that I've ever learned has either come from persistent practice or tutorials online. Every so often I upload Flash tutorials to my 'tehjonbro' account on YouTube. If you have specific questions, message me there and I'll see if I can answer them.

Q. I have an idea for a movie/game/intro. Could you make it for me?
A.   In all likelihood, even if I wanted to, I wouldn't have the time. Making movies/games/intros is an extremely time-consuming process, so I have to choose what I devote my time to carefully. Additionally, I will almost certainly be more interested in working on one of my own projects, because writing an animation or a game is half the fun of making it!

Q. Can I help with your next project? Would you like to collaborate with me?
A.   The answer to these questions depends on a lot of unpredictable factors. While it's unlikely, you should send me a message about it anyway, just in case.

Q. Can I continue one of your unfinished/abandoned projects?
A.   No; they were abandoned for a reason. However, if you have any kind of interest in parodying or paying tribute to my work, I'm all for that, just as long as you make it apparent that the parody or tribute is not a canonical addition to something I've made.

Q. Where did your name come from?
A.   When my older brother set up the jonbro.com website for me as a surprise years ago, my sister came up with the name "JonBro", which is literally "Jonathan (Brother)" shortened. Later, I started making accounts on different websites under the name "tehjonbro" under the presumption that "jonbro" and "thejonbro" were both taken. When I eventually decided I ought to grow out of these names, I spent several days creating a very long list of new names I could call myself, all of which involved the letter J. When I had expended my resources, "Jonochrome" was the clear winner on the list.

Q. I saw another person with your name on [website]. Is that you?
A.   The only accounts I actively use are the ones listed in the Links section. If you see the name "jonbro" or "jonochrome" anywhere else, it's probably: an impersonator, an account I never use, or someone else who just coincidentally has the same username I do (all of which are legitimate possibilities).

I think that's about it.
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