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 Color Stylist

Nickelodeon

I color props and characters (including special lighting) based on the needs of the story and/or color scripts. I comp these assets over existing backgrounds to ensure clarity.

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, all in a timely manner. Additionally, I maintain naming and organizational conventions as established by the production team.

Freelance Designer/Illustrator

Paper Culture

I conceptualize and 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 used Harmony to composite scenes and sequences (incorporating Backgrounds, Characters and Props) to ensure color consistency throughout. I also colored/edited these assets in Harmony to effectively “tell the story” and evoke a certain mood, making revisions as my supervisor saw fit and finalizing files for delivery. On occasion, I also took on designer roles, creating BG/Character/Prop sheets as needed.
Additionally, I maintained naming and organizational conventions as established by the production team.

Visual Development Artist Mentee – Spring 2016

Motivarti

Applied to the Motivarti Mentorship Program. Selected and mentored by Mauricio Abril (Art-Director – BRC Imagination Arts) for 10 weeks, during which I created a Visual Development portfolio.

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