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.

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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 Color Stylist


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 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


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.


California State University, Fullerton

BFA in Animation/Entertainment Arts

Saddleback Community College

A.A in Fine Arts

Saddleback Community College

A.A in Art



2nd Place, Student Creative and Academic Research


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



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


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


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


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


Detail-work Flora/Fauna Prop Design Character Design