Vietnamese artist Turine Tran’s imaginative children’s illustrations were inspired by some of the Victorian greats like Arthur Rackham, yet she’s established her own unique style which is charming, elegant and popular with clients who like her nostaligic, painterly approach.
Turine grew up in a house full of books that she could escape into as a child. She was taught to draw by her father. Ho Chi Minh City is a hot, busy and crowded place, but Turine prefers the countryside – particularly when the weather is dark and gloomy. In addition to her art, she does a lot of crafting, from beads to sewing and from knitting to cooking.
Turine studied design in Vietnam, before going to the School of Art, Design and Media in Singapore. She moved to Edinburgh to study for a Masters in Illustration, and later returned to Vietnam.
Images usually start off as rough pencil sketches in Turine’s notebooks as she tries to establish the forms and the composition. Detail and shading are added and then the pencil image is scanned in so that she can add colour in Photoshop. She has designed her own custom brushes within the application.
Turine’s style is intentionally nostalgic. She wants viewers to reminisce when they see her work – as though it’s just been discovered in a dusty old attic. Her Victorian-inspired illustrations are full of whimsical lines and forms, given life by paper textures. Meanwhile, she enjoys creating children’s characters that aren’t just cute and cuddly, but which are vulnerable and unpredictable, and don’t behave in ways that adult viewers expect them to.
Oxford University Press
Anthem World Wide
We worked with Turine for a packaging design project for one of our clients. We liked her style and illustration treatment and colours from the very beginning. Working with her has been a pleasure: she’s very professional, she has always given us quick feedbacks and delivered all the project steps meeting or anticipating our timing. Moreover, she is always available for suggestions and excited about new working challenges. The client is fully satisfied with the piece of creativity and we would certainly recommend her for future works.
Chiara Mariotti - Account Manager, Saatchi & Saatchi Milan
I recently worked with Turine on the Collins Big Cat Reading scheme. Tasked with illustrating a Chinese folk tale, she developed a beautiful style with oriental flourishes, interesting characters and a scary dragon! She followed the brief perfectly and met our challenging deadlines without a problem - she is simply a joy to work with!
Emily Hooton - Director, Ken Vail Graphic Design - UK
Turine is a naturally talented artist. Influenced by some of the great book illustrators, like Arthur Rackham and Brian Froud, she has developed her own unique, truly beautiful and timeless style. I have hired Turine to illustrate my project; a series of highly personalised, picture book experiences, called The Dream Keeper, where the illustration animates on screen first, before being professionally printed as a physical book.
Despite neither of us having done anything quite like this previously, Turine has approached the project with enthusiasm, proffered many ideas and found solutions. She is great to work with, happy to put in the hours, when needed, easy to communicate with and she takes art direction very well. If you are looking for a highly talented artist to illustrate your project, then I recommend Turine for not only will she exceed your expectations, but she will do this with a touch of magic.
Louise Phillips - Founder, Dream Keeper Books - UK
Working with Turine was really easy. She was available and answered quickly to our messages. She came up with wonderful new ideas for our project and was always ready to help us make the best book possible.
Guillaume Aubin - Editor , TC Media - Quebec, Canada
I love Turine's work! All her compositions are infused with a quiet magic that pulls the viewer in.
As a writer who never worked with an illustrator before, I was lucky to find Turine.
She was able to engage me in the creative process and refine my ideas, so that the final composition was not only eye-catching, but conveyed the mood and tone of my story as well. Her insight was invaluable.
The process was fun and enjoyable and in the end, my expectations were exceeded.
5/5 stars for exceptional work!
YNR Bradley, Writer - USA
We had to commission Turine for an illustration for one of our client based around the Alice in Wonderland story and called ‘Through the Looking Glass’. It has been a great pleasure to work with Turine on this project. Excellent communication, always on time and delivered an amazing, quality work from the very first draft we received. She always took all of our feedback on board and added her personal recommendations to deliver the perfect result. I would personally recommend Turine to anyone looking for a unique and beautiful art style.
Justin Lee - Creative Director , Pulse Marketing - Australia
I worked with Turine Tran on a complex revision of a Reading Series, and it was a wonderful experience. Her unique style brought a fresh and delicate look into the series, and complemented other styles we were using.
Turine’s work captured the gentle and sensitive feeling and aesthetic needed for her literature selection. She mastered the varying perspectives that were needed to illuminate the story, and maintained consistency of color and facial expressions across the story’s complicated transitions of time and place.
I look forward to working with Turine on future illustration projects!
Kathi Beste - Art Buyer, El-Hi Publishing - USA
Turine is very professional, on-time, and easy to communicate with. She understands the requirements very clearly and can creatively create a piece of art with a very unique style.