That’s “hello” in Lao. Nice to meet you. My name is Nor (naw) Sanavongsay (să·nă·vōng·saī) and I’m a Product Designer / Story Artist living in the San Francisco Bay area. I enjoy combining storytelling to all the products I create. I design, make illustrations and write a blog about it all.
Making fun of life in a series of panels.
Sharing what I've learned throughout the years
A long time ago…
As a young refugee from a civil war in Laos, my family and I arrived in Tennessee, sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church of Kingsport. I found my love for art through something I had never seen or believed could have existed before my arrival—television. I was enthralled and fascinated by the superhero Samurai from Super Friends. His powers were inspired by ancient Japanese mythology and folklore, and he was known for his strong moral code, loyalty, and martial arts skills. This love led me to constantly try new artistic styles and techniques.
Later, I got an illustration and digital media degree from Northern Illinois University, using my physical skills in the digital world. Again, with the help of technology, I made my art come alive, making an impact with each piece and showing them off through my own website. I learned to create websites by viewing the sources of other websites to get an idea of how they’re built. I like to break things and see how they work to make something new for myself.
My portfolio shows my journey as an artist and demonstrates my dedication and hard work. From my early days drawing superheroes to my current position as a digital artist, my love for art has never faded. My work represents my experiences and the people who inspired me.
I’m excited to connect with other artists and people who love art. To improve at digital art, I take online classes often and teach workshops for others. You can find me on social media with the username @ArtofNor.