French animator Jonathan Djob Nkondo's route into the industry has been less than orthodox.

Education

Animation, Gobelins 2011

Bio

French animator Jonathan Djob Nkondo’s route into the industry has been less than orthodox: after swapping a literature degree for graphic design, he decided it wasn’t for him and quit, taking up a cleaning job at Disneyland Paris. After this creative hiatus, Jonathan applied to study animation at Gobelins, where he graduated in 2011. His work is largely inspired by the comic books of his childhood; expressive, line-drawn characters against panels of block colour tell simple, entertaining stories, weaving together elements of fantasy and reality.

In his own words

“I applied for a couple of schools, Gobelins included. Back then, I knew nothing about animation [...] and I was not at all familiar with the animation language [...] It was a three-year program and I must say that it was a little bit frightening at the beginning. I was coming from a different background with a different mindset and different priorities. I needed to find jobs on the side so I could pay my rent.”

“I tend to be very conscious when I’m dreaming (sort of lucid dreaming), and I think it’s a good source of inspiration. Often times I feel stuck with an idea or get a hint of a path that could be interesting to develop, so I usually keep that in mind and I kind of unlock those during my sleep.”
“As a kid, most of the characters in the comics I read or cartoons I watched were always white. So I feel that now I have the responsibility to create characters that cover more than that, not only with colour, but also gender and sexuality.”


Take a look

Futur Sauvage, an animated comic, winner of Best Animation Runner-up at the Bucharest Film Awards 2017 

Dark Day part 1, Winner of Best Editor at Third Culture Film Festival 2017

An upcoming (and yet to be named) collaborative project co-directed with Tuna Bora, which explores body image and representation in our modern age.

instagram.com/futursauvage 

vimeo.com/jonathandjobnkondo

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Jonathan Djob Nkondo: Untitled, 2017
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Jonathan Djob Nkondo: Untitled, 2017
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Jonathan Djob Nkondo: Untitled, 2017
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Jonathan Djob Nkondo: Untitled, 2017
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Jonathan Djob Nkondo: Untitled, 2017

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