I am Tu Ha An

You can call me An, and it’s pronounced “Ann”.

I create stories and I tell creation stories, mostly through my dreamlike and sparkling illustrations.

I am described as “too dreamy for an engineer” and “too down to earth for an artist”. So I take this opportunity to create with the heart of an artist and the brain of an engineer.

I am an illustrator and content creator. I am also a graphic designer and Art Director at The Present Writer.

I am Hanoian (Vietnam) and I live in Dijon (France).

"I am an illustrator."

Fifteen years have passed, from the moment I first realized that I wanted to be an illustrator, to the moment that I can officially say those words for the first time.

My story - My “ why ? ”

Growing up in the 90’s in Vietnam, I could not even dream that one day my profession would be drawing. At the time, we were told that creative jobs were not real jobs, and especially not a job for women.

At that time, when televisions were still in black and white, when the internet did not yet exist in my city, and when power cuts occurred once a week, my only allies were the illustrated supports. I cherished the posters that my sister brought back from a language center, the pieces of magazines cut out by my cousins, the chocolate wrappers offered by my father’s friends, and above all, the children’s books. They were my escape, the cradle of my imagination, the hope that there was another world, another “reality” where everything seemed possible.

The illustrations printed on these supports have remained in my head like a secret treasure. Their power is just unimaginable. They allowed me to dream, to act, to get out of the old “reality”, to meet people who saw in me, not what I looked like, but what I could be.

Today, as an illustrator, I would like to create the same impact. I would like to create images that allow children and former children to dream, without being limited by their gender, their social background, their physical appearance or their origin.

Why did I start blogging?

“It's great that you have a creative hobby. But don't turn it into a job, because, you know, that kind of job is only for talented people! "

That sentence seems cruel, doesn’t it?

But this sentence was said with all the sincerity by my father in the middle of Charles De Gaulle airport (Paris, France), during his stopover between Hanoi (Vietnam) and Wroclaw (Poland). That was his last piece of advice to me before take off, after my 7 hour trip from my home (Dijon, France) to the airport, just to have the opportunity to have lunch with him.

And that was the end. I decided to give up.

That year I was 25, with an engineering degree, and a permanent contract in railway safety sector for a big company that is part of a major international group.

No, I haven’t decided to give up on being a illustrator.

I give up the effort to prove to my parents that I deserve, I give up the goal of convincing my family that it is a real profession, I also give up the fact of living by constantly compromising to please others , even if it is the person I love most in the world..

At this very moment, I realized the gap between the general public’s vision of creative professions and reality (with the clichés of broken, perched or contemptuous artists who considered themselves better than everyone …).

During my adolescence and my first years of adulthood, I had the opportunity to exercise several creative activities in a more or less professional way, such as writing, singing, acting, directing short films, organizing shows… (a large part of which was in secret).

So I want to use all these experiences to build a blog about creativity. This blog will be the place where I share the stories of creation, my thoughts on life during the journey to become an illustrator and the life lessons I learn from the creation process. I hope I can help to make people understand that creativity isn’t just for elites (or weirdo).

Lately on


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  • 🇨🇵 Toutes mes illustrations (et matériels) sont garanties résistantes aux poils de chat. (Testé avec soin par l’assistant Romarin.)

J’espère que vous avez aussi hâte que lui de voir le rendu final de cette chouette collaboration avec @thaonguyenreads (A Holistic Educator). 

🇬🇧 All my illustrations (and materials) are guaranteed resistant to cat hair. (Carefully tested by Romarin the assistant).

I hope you're as eager as he is to see the final result of this great collaboration with @thaonguyenreads (A Holistic Educator).

🇻🇳 Tất cả tranh mình vẽ (cùng họa cụ của mình) đều được đảm bảo chống chịu lông mèo. (Thử nghiệm thực hiện với tất cả tình yêu bởi trợ lý Rau Thơm nhé!)

Mình hi vọng các đồng chí cũng háo hức y như Rau Thơm đang nóng lòng đón chờ xem phiên bản hoàn thiện của sự kết hợp giữa mình và @thaonguyenreadsn (A Holistic Educator).

#kidillustration #childrenbookart #watercolor #aquarelle #illustration #dailyart #childrenbook #childrenillustration #illustrationoninstagram #artoninstagram #illustrator #illustrationartist #artistoninstagram #dreamlike #onirique #multicultural
  • 🇨🇵 Il existe beaucoup de témoignage de créatif.ve.s qui racontent comment ils ont trouvé leur voie.

Avec le nouvel article de blog, je vais partager avec vous comment je pouvais être certaine que « photographe de mariage » n’était pas ma voie !

Vous trouverez le lien pour lire l’article sur mon profil.

🇬🇧 There are plenty of stories of how people working creative jobs found their calling. 

But with my new blog article, I’m going to share with you how I knew for sure that “wedding photographer” wasn’t for me!

You can find the link to read the article on my profile.

🇻🇳 Có lẽ chúng ta đều đã được nghe rất nhiều người làm sáng tạo kể về cách họ tìm ra con đường hoàn hảo dành cho mình.
Với bài blog mới nhất, mình sẽ chia sẻ với bạn làm thế nào mình có thể khẳng định chắc chắn rằng “chụp ảnh cưới” không phải là con đường của mình!

Các bạn có thể vào link trên bio của mình để đọc bài viết nhé. 

#blog #blogpost #blogarticle #findajob #careerpath #career #careerdevelopment
  • 🇨🇵 Et… on attrape les rayons de soleil pour coller sur ce dessin…

🇬🇧 And... we catch the sun rays to stick on this drawing…

🇻🇳 Và… chúng mình bắt lấy nắng rồi đan vào bức tranh…

#kidillustration #childrenbookart #watercolor #aquarelle #illustration #dailyart #childrenbook #childrenillustration #illustrationoninstagram #artoninstagram #illustrator #illustrationartist #artistoninstagram #dreamlike #onirique #multicultural
  • 🇨🇵 Ma vraie reprise de travail après 15 jours dédiés aux réponse des emails reçus durant mon absence (et je n’ai toujours pas finiiii). 

Quel plaisir de reprendre les pinceaux et de reprendre cette illustration inspirée par le texte de Thao Nguyen @thaonguyenreads (A holistic Educator), une blogueuse que j’admire et aussi une collègue que j’apprécie beaucoup. 

Et pour découvrir ce texte ? Soyez patients, Thao et moi, nous vous partagerons très bientôt ! 

🇬🇧 My real return to work after 15 days dedicated to replying to emails received during my absence (and I'm still not done yet).

What a pleasure to pick up the brushes again and work on this illustration inspired by the text by Thao Nguyen @thaonguyenreads (A holistic Educator), a blogger I admire and also a colleague I greatly appreciate.

And how to find out more about this text? Be patient, Thao Nguyen And I will share it with you very soon!

🇻🇳 Cuối cùng thì mình cũng thwucj sự quay lại “làm việc” sau 15 ngày chủ yếu trả lời email mình nhận được trong lúc đi vắng (thế mà vẫn chwua xong hết đâu ý).

Mình hạnh phúc khi lại được cầm cây cọ yêu thích, vẽ tiếp bức tranh lấy cảm hứng từ những dòng tự sự của Thảo Nguyên @thaonguyenreads (A holistic Educator), một blogger mình rất ngưỡng mộ, và cũng là người đồng nghiệp mình rất trân trọng.

Vậy những dòng đó viết về điều gì? Các đồng chí bình tĩnh kiên nhẫn nhé, Thảo và mình sẽ chia sẻ với các đồng chí sớm thôi.
  • 🇨🇵 Petit dessin - petite plante

🇬🇧 Small illustration - small plant 

🇻🇳 Bức tranh nhỏ xíu - cái cây nhỏ xíu

#kidillustration #childrenbookart #watercolor #aquarelle #illustration #dailyart #childrenbook #childrenillustration #illustrationoninstagram #artoninstagram #illustrator #illustrationartist #artistoninstagram #dreamlike #onirique #multicultural
  • 🇨🇵 Le rendu du dessin n’est pas mon seul critère pour choisir les matériels d’art. Je privilégie aussi la satisfaction personnelle durant l’utilisation.

Dans un métier artistique et prestation de services comme l’illustration, nous avons des consignes à suivre, des délais à respecter et des imprévus à gérer. Pour cela, les bons matériels nous aideront à éviter le stress en lien avec son fonctionnement (ou non-fonctionnement) et faciliteront le flow en augmentant l’amusement durant la création.

🇬🇧 The quality of the result is not the only criteria I would consider while choosing my art supplies. I also give priority to personal satisfaction during the process.

Illustration is an artistic work and also a service business on its own, hence we have instructions to follow, deadlines to respect and a variety of unexpected events to manage. Art supplies of good quality will help us avoid the stress related to the functioning (or the lack of thereof) of our working tools, and facilitate our workflow by improving the enjoyment that we have during the process of creation.

🇻🇳 Chất lượng thành phẩm không phải yếu tố duy nhất khiến tôi lựa chọn một loại bút hay một loại màu. Tôi ưu tiên sự thoải mái của bản thân khi sử dụng họa cụ.

Trong một nghề vừa mang tính nghệ thuật, vừa mang tính dịch vụ như nghề vẽ minh họa, chúng ta có những yêu cầu cần đáp ứng, những thời hạn cần tuân thủ và cả những yếu tố bất ngờ cần kiểm soát. Vì vậy, công cụ tốt là công cụ giúp được chúng ta tránh căng thẳng liên quan đến sự vận hành (hoặc không vận hành) của chúng, để tạo điều kiện cho chúng ta tập trung sáng tạo mà không bị đứt mạch cảm hứng.

#kidillustration #childrenbookart #watercolor #aquarelle #illustration #dailyart #childrenbook #childrenillustration #illustrationoninstagram #artoninstagram #illustrator #illustrationartist #artistoninstagram #dreamlike #onirique #multicultural