A graduate in Studio Arts from George Mason University (Fairfax VA) Michelle Lana, is a graphic designer and illustration who focuses her work on children’s book illustrations, Character Development and Icon Development.
‘I cannot remember a time when I didn’t love to draw and that love continues to this day. My source of inspiration and love of characters came from one place — comic books. When I was six years old, I still remember sneaking into my older brothers’ room, taking their colored pencils and stack of comics, and practicing all of the characters in them.
I would read Mad Magazines all night and absorb the little side cartoon doodles of Sergio Aragones. His humorous cartoons on Mad Magazine and most especially his “Groo” comics inspired me to create my own characters. The world of comics became my sanctuary, and when I draw I’m in my element and anything is possible. I look back and remember that little girl who always knew she would become an illustrator.’
‘After earning a degree in Studio Arts from George Mason University (Fairfax VA), I started a new chapter in life as a graphic designer. With patience, perseverance, and an inexhaustible dedication to my craft, I developed my own style.
Over the years, I became involved in a range of projects including Print, Web, User Interface Design, and Data Visualization and from doing corporate to freelance work, I grew as an artist professionally and personally. However, I look to my first love – traditional illustration – to inspire and convey hope to children and take them to the world I know all too well.
Currently, I am a full-time Senior Graphic Designer for a Web/Data/Mobile company in Arlington, VA. On the side, I continue to work on my illustration projects and focusing on children’s book illustrations, Character Development, and Icon Development.’