Tara Han-Tran Johnson

Visual Development/Illustration Orange County, CA

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Hi there! I specialize in Visual Development/Narrative Illustration. I enjoy character exploration, world building, and look-development– all informed by research. I strive to create appealing, memorable designs and I love working with shapes and color. I’m always looking hone my skills and improve my craft.

Thank you for visiting and enjoy your stay!

Experience

Freelance Prop Designer

Disney Television Animation

I generate rough designs, revise or clean up work as per art director’s direction. I also create turnarounds and special poses as needed based off animatic.

Freelance Designer/Illustrator

Paper Culture

I design assets and illustrations in a variety of styles for cards and stationery, completing revisions from the Art Director if needed. I also deliver files with layers named and organized.

Color Stylist

Bento Box Entertainment

As a color stylist for Bento Box’s Chamberlain Heights, I use Harmony to composite scenes and sequences (incorporating Backgrounds, Characters and Props) to ensure color consistency throughout. I also color/edit these assets in Harmony to effectively “tell the story” and evoke a certain mood, making revisions as my supervisor sees fit and finalizing files for delivery. On occasion, I also take on designer roles, creating BG/Character/Prop sheets as needed.
Additionally, I maintain naming and organizational conventions as established by the production team.

Motivarti Spring 2016 Mentee

Motivarti

Mentored by Mauricio Abril (Art-Director – BRC Imagination Arts)

I am currently revamping a Visual Development portfolio based off an earlier project under the guidance of Mauricio Abril. I am constantly being challenged to refine and re-examine my approach to visual development and I am thoroughly enjoying the process. Please stay tuned for the final product!

Barista & Signage/Lettering Artist

Starbucks

Performing barista duties in a fast-paced environment and maintaining grace under pressure. Multi-tasking to complete a myriad of tasks and duties within a time-cycle system to ensure efficiency and quality.

Illustrating and Lettering lively, eye-catching signage for multiple stores.

Freelance Concept Artist / Illustrator

Various Clients

Conceptualizing and executing final designs/illustrations through feedback
to fit clients’ needs and deliver final product in a timely manner

Graphic Designer

ASI, Graphic and Marketing Services

Pitched concepts to various clients and designed/developed assets, layouts and graphic media for marketing while managing multiple projects at once.
Ensured products were completed amidst tight deadlines by picking up where previous designers left off and taking project to completion.
Maintained efficient workflow as per studio guidelines, standards and filing procedures, including naming conventions and organizations.

Education

California State University, Fullerton

BFA in Animation/Entertainment Arts

Saddleback Community College

A.A in Fine Arts

Saddleback Community College

A.A in Art

Awards

2015

2nd Place, Student Creative and Academic Research

2015

2nd Place, i3 Illustration Show (Juried and Selected by Brett Helquist )

Exhibitions

2017

Group, Miniature Art Show, QPop Shop Gallery - Los Angeles, CA (Invited)

2017

Group, Pokémon in Love Art Show, Mermaids and Macarons Art Show, Honey & Butter (Irvine Spectrum) - Irvine, CA (Invited)

2016

Group, Botanica, Light Grey Lab - Minneapolis, MN (Opens April 15)

2015

Group, American Horror Story: Tribute Show, Fan Alley - Anaheim, CA (Juried – Riyoko Iwamoto)

Specialties

Detail-work Flora/Fauna Prop Design Character Design Environment Design

Skills

Drawing Illustrating Academic Research Adobe Creative Suite Harmony