About Me

My name is Ayanna Johnson, and I’m a versatile designer, illustrator and painter based in New York City. After graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Sequential Illustration, I entered the retail industry for apparel and home surface design. I currently work at Macy’s as the primary CAD designer for kids private brand First Impressions.

Growing up in a creative family I’ve been drawing since I could hold a pencil. Originally from a garden suburb of North Jersey, botanical scenes, backyard insects, and delicate flowers inspire my work. I always create with great attention to detail and clear visual communication.

Motivated by a love of nature and everything retro, my artwork is full of eclectic color, youthful brushwork, and juxtaposition between organic foliage and synthesized shapes. My favorite mediums include watercolor, gouache, and digital painting.

When I’m not making art I enjoy cat cafes, karaoke, hiking, and retro gaming. Give me a ring if you’d like to connect or collaborate!

Experience

2018 - 2020 | CAD DESIGNER / MACY’S MERCHANDISING GROUP

2017 - 2018 | TREND ASSISTANT + CAD DESIGNER / BED BATH AND BEYOND

2017 | DESIGN ASSISTANT / SAM SALEM & SON 

2017 | FREELANCE DESIGN ASSISTANT / THE MORET GROUP 

Expertise

  • Adobe Photoshop 
  • Adobe Illustrator 
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Fiery DesignPro
  • Clip Studio Paint
  • Microsoft Office
  • Traditional Mediums 

Publications

2020 | Stickers Against Racism / Bunnies and Cream

2019 | Dates Anthology Volume III / Margins Publishing

2018 | Black Magic Zine

2017 | Dates Anthology Volume II / Margins Publishing

2016 | Dates Anthology Volume I / Margins Publishing


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