Artist - Bryce Jones

A Brief Animation Biography
Bryce Jones is a Story Revisionist at Nelvana, a senior movie watcher (can’t get enough of the classics!), and a practicing cartoonist. As a recipient of the Summer Companies Business Grant in 2013, Bryce started a caricature venture to learn about the business of art—it was a great experience, where he tested out creative ideas while receiving guidance from teachers and mentors. As a graduate from Sheridan College, he’s living in Toronto’s West End and always trying to find innovative ways to link artists to mentors and films to audiences. When he’s not drawing, you can find him biking along the waterfront or chowing down at Burrito Boyz.

Humble Concerto by Bryce Jones

What part of Canada do you live in? Why did you choose it?

I’m from originally from Guelph ON, home of organic farmer’s markets, the super hippie Hillside Music Festival and that university that everyone’s friend of a friend goes to. I moved to Toronto to get into it’s vibrant animation scene.

What inspired you to work in animation?

Comic books and drawing on brown paper rolls with crayons. I stumbled into art school right after high school without knowing what form of art I wanted to explore. It was a big world and I was new to it all, especially the whole concept of thinking of it as a professional craft. I had always been interested in animation. I thought it could be the synthesis of all the different forms of art. And it was! Movement, sound, acting, music, and visual art—plus it’s kinda cool being on a team and collaborating on a bigger piece, like a film. 

Can you share a piece of artwork that no one has seen before?
Ha ha- so my family and I went to Wales a couple of summers ago. I drew this for my Pops to say thanks for maneuvering through the treacherous narrow roads, as my mom and brother navigated and I doodled contently in the backseat.

What is one of your strongest pieces of artwork at this time, and what about it makes you feel that way?

Most Artists I’ve met have a complicated relationship with their work -I’m no exception. But this piece makes me laugh. I like drawing this sort of thing, the “when you’re not looking” natural poses. People are so funny, so vivid, and it makes it fun and challenging to draw.

What role do you play in the creation of animation?

I work as a Junior in the Story Department, but I love writing and drawing for pitch developments and have worked in layout too. Any place where I can get my hands on the overall story and draw the characters interacting with an environment and props. I like everything, so I’ve gravitated towards storyboarding so I can draw everything. 

"Clank the Knight" by Bryce Jones

What is one project that you are proud to have been involved in?

I got my first studio experience working at a studio called TAQQUT that’s based up in Iqualuit. I think that it doesn’t get more Canadian - or more culturally rich - for me than working with native storytellers to preserve and share stories of heritage and history. I left work everyday with a new story or detail about the audacity of living in the remotest regions of Canada. 
And an added bonus: the project I worked on was directed by Luke Coleman! Luke’s a good friend of mine and a creative force with a passion to improve pipelines, start up companies, and spice up Canadian animation.

Do you have examples of the development stages your artworks or illustrations goes through while you work on them?

Someone snapped this a couple years back during a caricature gig. (Forgive the bumble bee soundtrack)

Sheridan College Open House 2014 from Bryce Jones on Vimeo.

Who is one of your favourite Canadian animators?

Peter Bielicki is a Polish/Canadian Layout Journeyman, Story Artist and adventurer with a home-base in Kingston, Ontario. In the 90s he worked Layout at Nelvana, Disney, and later freelanced at Dreamworks and Blue Sky while contributing to the educational and historical media scene within Ontario. He has taught me and my peers a wealth of wisdom about filmmaking, draughtsmanship and life. Stay tuned for his original content!

What is one of your favourite animation related books?

Udezero’s Asterix and Obelix comic books are jam-packed with awesome lessons in storytelling, animation drawing, and layout design. My favourites so far are “Asterix and the Roman Agent” (1970) and “Asterix in Corisca” (1973). They really helped my structure and are a wonderful lesson in broad posing for animation.

Who is an up-and-coming or relatively unknown Canadian animator that everyone should check out?
In school I had the privilege of graduating with the filmmaker Curtis Horsburough. His art is curious, fun, exploratory and potent. He bends rules, crosses mediums and turns heads. Definitely a name to watch out for.

2015 Demo Reel from Curtis Horsburgh on Vimeo.

Are you involved with any animation organizations in Canada?
I’ve been going to the speaker series Animatic TO since it began, often with fellow animators Luke Coleman and Isiah Ledgister. It’s such an awesome idea and now it's in a really innovative venue at Bento Miso.  I’ve also been to TAAFI and the Ottawa International Animation Festival. We’re pretty lucky to have a lot of team players, keeping the industry connected and social. It makes things pretty rich.

What career or artistic goals do you hope to achieve in the next five years?

Haha, once you get me going we’ll be here all day. I’m big on five-year plans and making meticulous lists and goals. So let’s just leave it at this: make more art, learn more about distribution, and maybe try teaming up with educators to make stylish content.

To see more of your work, where can people go?



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