"The optimist in me examines my past and confides in my present, so that I do not follow the path of fading footsteps into the future". These are the words etched in the mind of the Jamaican 2D animator, illustrator and designer, Kori Thompson (better known by his handle KDOT) that has him consistently challenging himself and his talents.
He began drawing around the early age of five and was first inspired by his father. Soon after his imagination was shaped by cartoons and games, and later on he drew inspiration from local artists including Sophia McCarthy and Patrick Waldemar. Some of his early high school artworks were exhibited at his alma-mater, Wolmer's Boys' School, as well as The Institute of Jamaica and he engaged many art contests. He went from having one of his posters on a billboard courtesy of Coca-Cola's 'A Taste of Jamaica' Poster competition in 2001, to later receiving his BFA in Visual Communication at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in 2009.
Today, Kori is motivated by his creative peers, as well as artists and animators like Glen Keane, Warren Louw, Stanley Lau, Francisco Perez and several other creatives. His dynamic styles marry his concepts and technical expertise to create stunning pieces and while he primarily focuses on digital illustrations and design, he also dons the title of '2d animator.' He has worked on a few animated productions including Hot Streets, Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs the TV Series, Chomp Squad, People Watching Season 2 and Dallas & Robo just to name a few. When he’s not busy with work he spends his time catching up on sleep, playing some of his favourite video games, streaming new shows and spending time with family.