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Yavae is a published illustrator and designer specializing in character design, visual development, and color styling in TV animation. She works at Nickelodeon Animation Studio on Baby Shark's Big Show, and other unannounced projects.

A Wisconsin native, Yavae grew up with blizzards, tornadoes, and cheese. And these things only excited her! Her interests and cultural background are evident in her exploration of diverse locations, people, and things. Yavae graduated from the Savannah College of Art in Design in August 2018 with a BFA in Animation.


Creating cartoony, colorful characters that experience the full spectrum of human life and its treasures, as well as its lessons, is Yavae's passion.

Featured in:

  • ImagineFX Magazine September 2020 - Design Stylized Characters

In her playtime she enjoys playing musical instruments, soul and folk music, finding humor in the mundane, and entertaining her kitten, Lazlo.

Previous clients include: Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Sesame Street, Warner Brothers Animation, Atomic Cartoons, Simon & Schuster, Nickelodeon, Cartuna, Hello Sunshine, and Black Women Animate.

For work inquiries and questions, please email me at

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yavae sanae
character design • visual development • illustration

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