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. Donkey Kong 64
2. Star Fox 64
3. Yooka-Laylee
4. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
5. Super Mario Sunshine

6. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
7. Donkey Kong Country 3
8. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
9. Spark the Electric Jester
10. Conker's Bad Fur Day

11. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
12. Undertale
13. Tetris Attack
14. Super Mario 64
15. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door

16. Sonic Adventure
17. Super Monkey Ball 2
18. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
19. Banjo-Kazooie
20. Diddy Kong Racing

21. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
22. Ib
23. Iconoclasts
24. Mother 3
25. Wario World

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
YouTube: Jonochrome

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What do you use to make your movies and games?
A.   I use Flash 8 Professional (vector art) and GraphicsGale (pixel art) for drawing and animation. My current game dev program of choice is GameMaker: Studio. Any necessary recording or sound editing is done in Audacity. I compose/sequence music with FL Studio 8, although I've also used royalty-free music from the musicians of the Newgrounds Audio Portal. I draw with a mouse.

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. If you have specific questions, message me 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.   Not officially, no, but if you want to make a fan game or a parody, I'm all for that, as long as it's made clear that it isn't canon.

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. It's sort of a reference to how much black-and-white artwork I've drawn in my lifetime.

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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