Jason McDonald attended Parsons School of Design and graduated in 1988 with a B.F.A. in illustration. He's worked with some of the most prominent industry clients and companies in NYC, include - Sesame Street Workshop, Michael Sporn, Howard Beckerman, Brett Morgen, Mo Willems, Robert Smigel,  David Levy, HBO Max, MTV, Adult Swim, Disney Channel, PBS Kids, Children's Television Workshop, Nickelodeon, UNICEF and Scholastic Entertainment.

While working at Michael Sporn Animation in the early to Mid 1990's, he wore many different production hats - animator, storyboard artist, character designer, background painter, layout artist and art director. This allowed him to become versatile in all aspects of animation production pipeline. As Art Director of the animated documentary Champagne, he was able to take his skill set to another level. He used the main character's sit-down interview to establish the look and feel of the film, visualizing Champagne's hopes and dreams. Jason also did pre-production design and storyboards for Michael Sporn's unfinished animated feature film POE.

The many television series that he's worked on include: Sesame Street, Disney's Doug, The Ornament Of The World for Asteroid Media Inc.,  Daria for MTV, Sheep in the Big City for Cartoon Network, Cliffords Puppy Days for Scholastic, Wonder Pets for Nickelodeon and Assy McGee and Stroker & Hoop for Adult Swim. In 2006, he designed backgrounds for the documentary Chicago 10 which opened the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. For the last 7 1/2 years Jason designed elements for Sesame Street Workshop shows Abby's Amazing Adventures, Headspace: Monster Meditations, WASH UP: Girl Talk, Monster At The End Of The Story, Me Want Cookie and Elmo's World.

Jason has recently partnered with Dan Masters (AKA Professor Dungeon Master). Host of the very popular YouTube Channel DUNGEON CRAFT. He illustrated and designed layouts of the RPG rule book ELDRITCH HACK a rules-light tabletop RPG of Lovecraftian horror. Copies are now available for purchase at: DriveThruRPG.com.

He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, documentary film editor Dena Mermelstein.


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