MY WORK
I am an independent illustrator based in Los Angeles, CA. I am the owner-illustrator of Mimochai, where I make picture books and illustrated products, and the creator of Cloud House, where I teach mindful drawing practices.
I work primarily digitally for my professional work. For my personal work, I like to experiment with a mix of pencil, ink, brush pen, acrylic, and oil paint. 
I draw inspiration from nature, architecture, culture, fantasy, philosophy, and spiritual teachings. I especially love to use my work to convey a sense of wonder. I believe the world is a magical place.​​​​​ ​​ 
EXPERIENCE​​​​​​​
Law Firm
I studied economics and political science at UCSD's Thurgood Marshall school and went straight through to study law at UCLA Law. I started my career as an attorney at Latham & Watkins LLP. It was actually my dream law firm, and it was intense but excellent professional training. 
However, in practice I found myself unfulfilled. I'd always been artistic growing up, and I was missing that part of me. In my fourth year at the firm, I decided to take the first leap towards finding a more creative career (you can read my full story in my interview with Giant Robot).
Design Agency 
I landed a transitionary job as a project lead at a digital design studio called Hello Design. We did branding and digital experiences. I was immersed in the world of graphic design and development, and worked with some amazing clients including USC's Iovine & Young Academy, the Dr. Dre-funded interdisciplinary school focused on the intersection of design, technology, and business. This intersection is something I'm very interested in. 
Still, there was something missing. My role as a project lead was limited in terms of being creative, and I found myself drawing late at night despite the long agency hours.
Illustration Studio 
My drawings started gaining traction organically on Instagram (this was in its good ol' early days). I began receiving requests for private commissions, which was the first time I realized people wished to pay me to draw. I also remembered my childhood dream of wanting to draw and make up stories. 
I decided to take the second leap from the agency to freelance illustration. Through concentrated effort and self-study, I grew to branding work for companies and illustrating my first published book In My World, about a boy with autism. 
It all really came together when I began running my own illustration and product studio, Mimochai. I realized this was my dream and where I want to be for the long term.​​​​​​​
Concepts App, "The Art of Storyboarding," 2018
Concepts App, "The Art of Storyboarding," 2018
Giant Robot, "Daring to Daydream," 2017
Giant Robot, "Daring to Daydream," 2017
VSCO, "In My World," 2017
VSCO, "In My World," 2017
More to Life
As much as I love what I do, there's more to life than work. Wellness practices including yoga and meditation are an equally important part of my daily life. In my free time, I enjoy reading, art exhibits, concerts, being in nature, and working with my husband on our house. I care about Asian American identity issues and giving back to the community. And at the end of the day, I just like being around bright, happy people 💛 -M

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