Artist/Deisgner Highlight: Turine TRAN

A Vietnamese born artist, who takes her inspiration from her childhood, children and nature. I came across her work while looking for new illustrators that draw in a more fairy-tale like style and only one word struck me, when viewing her art– Elegance. There’s something about her work that strikes out at you.

Fluent in both traditional studio practice and digital media, Turine’s art often incorporates hand rendering and digital painting. She constantly explores new aspects of digital art to create rich textures, which partly set a whimsical mood to her work.

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Besides the fairy tale and nature-like style, above there are a few examples of her art work. They conjure up a lot of questions– What’s going on inside this image? are they telling a story or an event? or are they influenced by stories? For some reason, they make me feel very nostalgic. The elves, pixies and little men with beards reminds me of the sort of characters that come up often in Nursery rhymes. Not only that, but the use of tones, such as the rich browns and purples, they could almost give off this vibe of the images being pulled out of a tale. It’s those particular aspect that struck out at me originially, though, I also enjoy how these are works created digitally and not by hand. To me, it’s rare to see a piece of art work that could easily be taken from a childrens book to be then be done digitally. I think that’s what makes them so unique.

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