Amber Lee Jones aka "DaggerStar" is an afro-latine freelance illustrator and 2D animator located in upstate New York. They graduated from Pratt Institute in 2016 with their BFA in 2D Animation and have worked for Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and Dark Horse. They’ve also done online art classes for the Japanese Culture Center of Chicago and animated on the Peabody Awarded "Cops and Robbers" on Netflix.
Their work features queer BIPOC characters in their own action narratives and takes inspiration from years of consuming anime and western superhero comics and noting the lack of diversity in a lot of main character casts from the 1980s to early 2000s. One of their biggest artistic inspirations is Basquiat for his success as an afrolatino creator making abstract work in the 80s and being free with his process.
Outside of their day-job, the artist is always working on personal projects; their comics "Spirit Pizza" and "Sandia" are both on Webtoon and resuming sometime in 2022. They are also developing the 2D animated MV for Oni Squ4d, a joint project with fellow artist @kniiothedreamer They can be found on social media on instagram: @daggerstarfighter and twitter: @thatdaggerstar.
BFA in 2d Animation at Pratt Institute
August 2012 – May 2016 Brooklyn, NY