Anna is an illustrator, author, and product designer based in New York City. Originally from Korea, she came to the United States with her family in 1990. She has studied at Moore College of Art and Design and Rhode Island School of Design. After working in a few design jobs, she struck out as a freelance designer 10 years ago. Her work has included designing home decor, jewelry, and even holiday displays for stores all over NYC. The Very Fluffy Kitty, Papillon is Anna’s debut children’s book.
Gallery images courtesy of Anna Kang.
Anna: I love investigating my own emotions and thoughts, silly or serious. It’s an organic and long process but these thoughts turn into stories eventually. Developing a story is fun. It’s kind of like a puzzle. I have to figure out all the components and put them together to see if they all fit. And I get to use cute animals and characters too!
Anna: I do an outline of a story, then I work on sketches right away. It’s easier for me to figure things out visually. I make sure all my sketches fit and flow nicely. Then I go over each page and add text or leave it blank for the illustration to tell the story. It’s a balancing act that I've learned to enjoy.
Anna: I love working at night. So quiet and peaceful. I can concentrate better. I usually work until 2- 3 am and wake up around 10am. I run all my errands during the day and start working around 4-5 pm. I have to admit though, I love going to 24hr grocery stores around midnight--no line to wait in.
Once, I read a book about morning people and how they are more productive and successful. So I tried. I got up at 6am and worked. But then I had to take a nap for 2 hours around noon. I couldn’t fall asleep that night so I stayed up until 3am. So that didn’t work. Yes, my regular day happens mostly at night.
Anna: My boyfriend and I love seeing new places so we travel a lot. People are surprised that I don’t bring a sketchbook. I don’t draw leisurely. For me, the most fun part of traveling is experiencing. I just don’t want to miss out on anything while drawing a cool building or something. That’s what a camera is for. I can draw at home.
I know it sounds really bad but I love watching TV. It’s a great source of inspiration for me. Interesting images or conversations always trigger my train of thoughts/imaginations. So when I can’t think, I watch TV.
The second Papillon book was just released last October: Papillon Goes to the Vet. Right now, I’m illustrating two books, Celebrate You, written by Sherri Duskey Rinker, and Squirrel Family Tree, written by Beth Ferry. They will be out next year or early 2019. Also, I’m writing and illustrating a book titled, My Big Bad Monster. This will be out in 2019.