My Name is Hannah...
I create wholesome but slightly twisted artwork for quirky-minded dreamers.
I've been a freelance illustrator for over 10 years and have worked on projects from editorial illustrations and book covers to "whiteboard" drawings for corporate videos. I am also working on personal projects, including a graphic novel called Lampblack that I plan to begin releasing in late 2020 on Webtoons. Beyond making art, myself, I want to encourage others to have confidence to create their own projects.
I also offer a variety of unique gifts in my shop for those who want to show off their unusual side in their home or on the go.
This and other photos of me on this website are by the fantastic Molly Doyle.
Are you taking commissions?
Can you do graphic design? I need a logo/website/etc.
Though I'm a trained graphic designer, I am focusing on building my illustration career through Studio Hannah, and therefore am only taking illustration-based projects. If your brand is illustration-based, especially if it's focused on kids/teens or has a sense of wonder and quirkiness, feel free to email your pitch to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are looking for something more corporate I will likely not be a good fit.
Where did you learn art?
Growing up, I mostly taught myself using resources from the library and the very young internet. My parents wanted to nurture my creative spark, so they sometimes enrolled me in art summer courses at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and getting such high-quality teaching so early made me realize just how much art meant to me. I have a BFA in Graphic Design from James Madison University, where I got to explore many art mediums and styles. After college, I have continued taking classes both locally and online, because I believe learning should never stop! When I want to know something, I read books, look online, email network contacts, and absorb everything that I can. As such, I have a "Jack-of-all-trades" to create both 2D and 3D works from a variety of mediums. I plan to explore more mediums in my illustration work.
What inspires you?
I try to remain open to letting experiences speak to me, whether they're exciting or mundane. Taking a walk might run me into a beautiful light pattern on the forest floor that gives me an idea for a painting. Listening to a song might give me a single line of dialogue that sparks an entire story. I think that being a creative person means logging whatever experiences one has into a mental library that one can always pull from when one wants to make something new.