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Turine Tran

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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.

Training

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.

Approach

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.

Style

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.

Client list

Scholastic Oxford University Press National Geographic Leo Burnett Zizzi Anthem World Wide Source Books Hannes Rall
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Fraud Myths
Turine Tran works her magic for Which UK
Fraud Myths
A Customised Birthday
Turine Tran works with DMS Agency on an illustrated birthday pack.
A Customised Birthday
The Magic of Twinings Tea
Turine Tran illustrates for Twinings Tea with Saatchi & Saatchi Milan.
The Magic of Twinings Tea
The Story of Nian
Turine Tran illustrates a classic Chinese folk tale for Harper Collins.
The Story of Nian
Père Noël
Turine Tran works with Transcontinental Media in Canada to produce a big book for Christmas, Le merveilleux monde du Père Noël.
Père Noël
Magical Moments
Turine Tran produces a magical poster for Phoenix Group Bangkok.
Magical Moments
Night Sprites
Turine Tran illustrates Sam Hay's 'Stella and the Night Sprites' in full magical glory!
Night Sprites
Gail Armstrong, James Grover, Sharif Tarabay and Turine Tran are shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards 2015
Gail Armstrong, James Grover, Sharif Tarabay and Turine Tran are shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards 2015
Tran in Vietnam
Turine Tran exhibits with the Saigon Artbook this week.
Tran in Vietnam
Ming and the Caterpillar
'Ming and the Caterpillar' illustrated by Turine Tran is published by National Geographic Learning (Cengage Learning in the US).
Ming and the Caterpillar
Witch Girl
Witch Girl
The Snow Queen
Turine Tran illustrates a production poster for The Snow Queen.
The Snow Queen
A Crayola Campaign
A Crayola Campaign