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Meet Amanda Hua

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Hua.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Hi! I live with my grandfather and we have a cat, a chicken, and a dog. I started drawing when I was young and have always used it to cope with my depression and anxiety. Now, I want to use it to help the people around me and to draw things that make people feel better.

I’m now currently a student at Cal State LA. I started out studying Psychology but, I felt that a lot of the people I met in the field were unhappy or unfulfilled and I really just wanted to do work that made me happy and to be able to talk about subjects I couldn’t talk about as a therapist. I’m now studying in the animation program and working hard to get somewhere that can help others through my artwork. It has helped fulfill my life. I like skating, swimming and hiking, and I try my best to care for all of my friends around me. I hope to be able to properly represent the people I’ve come to love, and I want to work for my community.

I feel very lucky to have the friends that I have made, and I love my parents, my sister and my grandfather and am happy that I’ve become the person I am today.

Please tell us about your art.
I have a lot of issues surrounding emotional trauma and this has manifested itself through anxiety, depression, and insomnia. I want to grow better and stronger every day, and I am working hard to make my dreams a reality. I have a history in Fine Art and currently make illustrations and short comics to help express my own feelings.
The structure of the world has caused many other people to struggle through racial, sexual, and emotional issues. I’ve realized I want to help others process these complex feelings and issues through my own work in hopes that we can all grow stronger together.

I am currently studying animation in order to expand my storytelling potential and I hope to make more work towards demystifying mental illness and help provide support to anybody who can use it in today’s modern world.

In my traditional work, I use India ink, dip pens, and brushes. I also sometimes will utilize mixes of color pencil, marker, and acrylic paints. In my digital work, I occasionally take traditional line work, scan, and then color it. I’ve also made a few animations and enjoy working with friends who share similar goals with me.

I hope people can take away their negative feelings and come out feeling stronger through the perspectives found in my work. I love drawing and I hope I can keep doing more and more.

Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
My parents didn’t want to support me after I got out of high school, so as soon as I entered college at 17, they stopped talking to me. I was already really stressed out with school and was forced to start working and ended up failing some courses.

At some point, I ended up unemployed and had exhausted most of my savings and was living in a little motel room. I cried every day and couldn’t find any jobs. I was barely eating or sleeping. But it really did make me feel that doing art was such a big part of my life and something that I could not do without.

For advice to other artists: Making money off art is hard and you need to have a plan. A lot of people don’t make it, and a lot of the art-related jobs I have done have not been too dependable. You need to be wary and you need to be hungry. You just have to keep going and keep working. The biggest piece of advice I can give is to never give up, be kind to those around you, and always put your best face forward and just be the best person that you can be, because you’ll never know who is going to be looking.

I hope when I finally graduate, I’ll one day be able to make my primary income be based around my art and do what really makes me happy as an individual. But, for now, I make sure to take care of my needs first and I work hard into learning techniques and skills to help make my art better and stronger.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can find me at or

I sometimes open up commissions in between my work and school but, right now I am focused on personal projects.

Feel free to follow me on my Instagram to see my work and collaborations with my friends.

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Image Credit:
Commission works for Genie Kauper, Dani, Briana King

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