Juxtaposing tactility, energy in material, and craft with warmth and playfulness in narrative, engenders a childlike sense of wonder and excitement that lends itself to children’s book work. My work is an exploration of nature and the abstract forms it can create. I portray a lively side to each piece by attention to detail and a consistent color palette. Through the spontaneous use of collage, detailed pen work, and colorful washes, I am exploring my own quirky style. For my thesis project, I have created a set of alphabet cards for children to learn from. By exploring lettering and experimenting with hand type, I am combining my two passions of illustration and design to make a cohesive, strong body of work.
Hana Firestone is a freelance illustrator and designer originally from the Chicago area. She is greatly inspired by nostalgic memories of childhood books and enjoys collecting greenery from the beautiful outdoors of Maine. Her work also explores pattern making and often consists of pastel colors with quirky line work. When Hana is not drawing she is browsing art galleries around the city of Portland, ME, enjoying a cup of local coffee, or spending time with her pup Moxie. Hana has a BFA in Illustration from Maine College of Art in Portland, ME.
1. Mason Jar Menagerie, Ink, watercolor, & cut paper collage, 18 x 24 inches, November 2013
2. Ballet, Ink & watercolor, 8.5 x 11 inches, April 2013
3. Hand Type, Ink & cut paper, 8.5 x 11 inches, February 2013
4. There She Goes, Ink, watercolor, & cut paper collage, 12 x 14 inches, December 2013
5. She Was Going to be a Painter, Cut paper collage & minimal gel pen, 8.5 x 12 inches, April 2014
6. Studio Portrait