We had the good fortune of connecting with Jantana Hennard and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jantana, why did you pursue a creative career?
I was very curious as a child and found comfort in drawing during my spare time. I was spending countless hours watching music videos on TV (way before I could search something on Youtube) and the creativity back in the days really blew my mind. After seeing visual effects used in 90’s music videos, I’ve installed Photoshop and Flash to try recreating some effects by myself. I’ve always been quite intrigued by new technologies and digital softwares were powerful tools to create artworks from scratch! Then, when I majored in college, I decided to pursue a master’s degree in 3D and interaction design, in order to make a living out of my desire to create. I’ve also met a lot of people with similar interests that convinced me I had made the right choice.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m an independent 3D designer, I’ve been working with several studios such as Moment Factory or Merci Michel. I work on 3D design for motion and interactive experiences, I like blurring the lines between reality and digital art
I’ve got the extreme privilege of working with an amazing team on several projects around the world such as the Laughing cow in France, the Perplexiplex in Denver and also an audiovisual installation for the festival Nuits Sonores in Lyon.
The main challenge was to move to many different places for work (from Paris to Montréal, then Los Angeles), but it’s also a privilege because it allows me to meet so many people and to have friends in new places. I’ve also struggled with overcoming doubts surrounding my creative career, but I’ve met a lot of people along the way who encouraged me to believe in my work.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
For eating, I would take them to Dan Sung Sa for the spicy chicken wings, République for brunches, Leela Thai Restaurant for the khao soi, Double Zero for the truffle pizza and, eventually grab a taiyaki in Sawtelle. To hang out, I would take them to the beach and to Kenneth Hahn Park for the Doris Japanese Garden.
For drinks, Silverlake Wine has a good selection of orange wine and the staff is really thoughtful. Vin on Rose in Venice is a nice spot with a great selection too.
What makes LA so exciting is that there’s so many hidden gems, so it’s an endless adventure. I love that it’s surrounded by nature and hiking trails, it’s the perfect way to cool down after an intense work week.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would definitely dedicate my shoutout to Kim Baschet, whom I’ve met in school and made me grow as a 3D artist and designer. Also, creative developer Lei Xing for his craftsmanship and talent, his websites are already recognized by many prestigious organizations like Awwwards or the FWA!
And last, but not least, the Mill’s art director Geoffrey Skrajewski, who is a true inspiration with exceptional skills and impeccable taste. They all believed in me before I’ve even believed myself, and deserve recognition as well!

Website: https://jant.fr/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/janthd/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jantanah/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jant_hd

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