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Meet Hanna No

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hanna No.

Hanna, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’m currently working as a freelance motion graphics designer/illustrator. I majored in concept design at Otis College of Art and Design. When I first started school, I didn’t know anything about concept design or motion graphics. I’ve always loved to draw things ever since I was little, so I followed my passion and chose to go into concept art major where I thought I could get more chances to learn and practice drawing. As I focused on concept art, my teachers’ critiques were around not only the technical side of drawing such as perspective, scale, and lighting but also being able to tell a story through my artwork.

As I started to freelance after graduating, I learned the workflow at motion graphics studios in mostly focusing on commercials. Thankfully I had many chances to work with very talented artists and directors who taught me motion graphics style. So I started to build my portfolio more geared towards that style through the works I’ve done at studios or in my own time. I love creating clean, simple, and bold styles of design, and yet I still enjoy trying something new in my work instead of sticking to one style. I think not being afraid of trying something new when it comes to design became my biggest strength and it helped me improve myself. So I still try to draw in my spare time to improve my style as well as something new to broaden my skill sets. I do post them on my Instagram to throw myself out there by sharing more of my artworks.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It definitely has not been an easy climb for me. It was difficult to find long term booking at once because of lacking of experience at an early stage in my career, especially since I was only focused in certain styles. There were often days or even weeks when I had some time off against my will. However, I kept building up my portfolio by researching and practicing Motion Graphics styles, and that’s when I had more opportunities come in and gradually expanded my career as a freelance designer in the industry.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I think I’ve met so many good people/artists along the way. Everyone has to start somewhere, but it might has been more difficult for me if there weren’t those people in the industry who were patient with me and gave me chances, encouraged and inspired me. However, I would say a person who deserves the most credit among those people is my better half, partner in crime, my fiance, Min Kim. He’s also currently working as a freelance animator/designer. When I was going through tough times in the beginning of my career, he was always there for me to support and advise. Sometimes I’d complain about him being very practical and strict when he was giving me advice, but I think those were the things that motivated me and helped me become who I am now after all.

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Photo taken by Min Kim

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