Hello! My name is Brianna Moore, and I love to create characters, illustrations, and visual stories. In 2016 I graduated from Bowling Green State University with a B.F.A. in Digital Arts and a Studies in Natural History minor. I’m currently a freelance illustrator in northeast Tennessee and am excited about careers involving character design, illustration, and visual storytelling.
Born and raised in northwest Ohio, I’ve always had an affinity for animals, nature, and stories. As a kid I was very lucky to have free roaming adventures throughout the neighborhood. With woods and river close by, I constantly searched for frogs, toads, snakes, turtles, and butterflies as I battled mosquitoes and poison ivy. I fondly remember listening to my mom read stories to me before bed, playing computer games with my dad, and taking family trips to zoos and faraway beaches. Then I remember sharing so much laughter through animated movies, comical drawings, and goofy bouts of video games with my siblings and friends. Each fed my hunger to learn about the natural world and my growing imagination for adventures with characters of all kinds, especially dragons and those of a reptilian or amphibian sort.
I was always creating when I was young, be it drawing, crafting, digital painting with the mouse, or little doodles I would animate to life on the corners of my school notes. I remember folding my own nature journals out of computer paper so that I could draw and photograph my outdoor discoveries. In middle school I remember long hours of writing, illustrating, and building my own interactive, fantasy-adventure storybook for my grandparents. In high school I doodled all kinds of little comics of my friends and other characters every chance I could get, including the bus rides. A little eccentric? Maybe, but when I have a vision for a project, I get so excited to bring it to life! Those memories are so precious to me and make me who I am, which inform my artwork to this day.
Today I enjoy working digitally and traditionally, especially with graphite, pen, ink, and watercolor media. Lately I’ve been developing my original characters and their stories, and I am constantly expanding my digital and traditional artmaking through workshops, books, and online tutorials. I plan to continue learning and growing as a professional artist, and I hope to explore more of the world’s natural wonders as I pursue my career!
I tend to say “Have fun!” to people. If I had a catchphrase, I think that would be it. I believe my motivation to say that stems from when my family lost one of my siblings to cancer when we were very young. From that tragedy, I learned at an early age the importance of valuing all that life has to offer, as well as the struggle to keep moving forward when all things seem to go wrong. I have always admired art that makes me laugh and helps me see the positive sides of life, and it is that admiration that motivates me when creating my own characters, illustrations, and stories. I create art because it is healing, and I hope that my viewers may benefit and feel more uplifted as well.
Despite the challenges that life throws at us, I encourage others to find their strength to appreciate the beauty and entertainment that life gives us, and to celebrate those who we hold dear to our hearts. I like to think of my artwork as a way to share something good with others, and if I am able to brighten someone’s day or encourage them to explore the world a little more, I feel like I’ve done something right.