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Haana Yoo

Illustrator based in Irvine, California

I was born in Frankfurt, Germany, where I enjoyed a wonderful childhood rich in children’s culture until my family relocated to Korea when I was seven.


I was a passionate illustrator as a kid, making my own drawings to the fairy tales and stories I liked. Once in middle school, I started to receive formal art education and got on the path of becoming a fine artist. I studied painting in Germany and media arts in Korea, during which time I made art from big canvas paintings to hand drawn animations and puppet films. But it was not until my visit to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair when my heart lit up with passion again and that I knew making children’s books was my calling.

In the meantime life somehow led me to the U.S where I became a citizen. I live in Irvine, California, where I work as a freelance illustrator/visual artist, moving towards my dream of making children’s books professionally. 

If you'd like to know what's currently on my work desk and  take a peek behind the scenes, please visit me on my social media platforms. :-)


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