Turine Tran, a Vietnamese born artist, takes inspiration from nature and companionship. Through dreamy, nostalgic images, she loves to invite children and adult-alike, to a world where a tiny flower could become a fantastic wonder.
After beginning her art study in 2001, Turine pursued her passion with illustration through a journey that lead from her hometown to Singapore, Paris; and then to Edinburgh, where she obtained a Masters of Art degree in Illustration from Edinburgh College of Art. She is also a world traveler.
Her work has been featured in many notable exhibitions in UK, Singapore, and Vietnam.
Turine often incorporates hand rendering and digital painting to create rich textures, which partly set a whimsical mood to her work.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Turine: A combination of books, fashion, and films. My parents were dressmakers. I grew up with fashion catalogues and beautiful fairy tale books my dad collected. We had quite a large library. I loved drawing dresses as a child. I wanted to go for fashion at first, but later on I was drawn to graphic design and illustration. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Turine: I started in Saigon, at the College of Architecture, then at the School of Art, Design, and Media in Singapore for my degree. Later I did my master degree at Edinburgh College of Art. Question: Where are you originally from? Turine: Saigon, Vietnam. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Turine: I'm living in Rugby, a lovely town in England. I moved here for work, but it became much more than work now. Question: Describe the view from your studio window? Turine: It looks out to the garden. At night, from 10pm to 1am, the moon goes from the left of my window to the right. Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Turine: Life, just as it is, and everything in it. Question: How do you get your ideas? Question: I don't really 'get' ideas. Whenever I can, I observe, read, watch, listen. Then, when I keep my mind quiet and go into my inner stillness, ideas come to me. They can come in a coffee shop and I write them down in my pocket book. But I only draw or paint when I'm alone, in my studio. Solitude is quite essential for me in the actual 'production' part. Question: Do you collect anything? Turine: Yes, memories. I keep them in several random short notes that can bring back the experience when I read them. I tried to keep them in photos, but nothing is better for archiving than your own memories. They're in my pocket book now. (E.g. a walk on Regent Street on Christmas Eve, a rainy afternoon in Edinburgh, my friend's freshly baked pizzas from the oven, full moon in January, etc.) Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Turine: Yes, for both my doodles and writings. Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Turine: Travelling, Yoga, Taichi, Meditation, and I'm a musical film geek.
Question: Tell us about a favourite project you've recently completed. Turine: It's a book that I wrote, illustrated, and design, 'The Wild Daisy Field'. It's a very challenging project, but also a wonderful process. Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Turine: Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, Jiri Trnka, Brian Froud. Question: Who is your design hero? Turine: Walt Disney (although 'design' is too narrow to decribe him as a hero). Question: What's the best advice you've ever been given? Turine: 'Now. The best time for everything is always now'. Keep breathing deeply and feel grateful for it. Question: If you could take a holiday leaving tomorrow, where would you go & what would you do? Turine: If my budget is tight, Lake District or Brighton just to enjoy the nature there. Or if it's affordable, I'll make a big trip and enjoy the great food in China, then explore Tibet, Nepal, trekking to Everest Base Camp, then Mount Kailash and Bhutan. Question: If you won the lottery what would you do with the money? Turine: Go for the tour I said above, then give part of it to my loved ones. If what is left is enough, I'll open a library for children in Vietnam or Cambodia with free-admission. Question: If you could travel back in time, who would be the one person you would want to meet? Turine: Me, when I was 8, and my family. Question: What is your favourite graphics programme? Turine: Photoshop. Question: Who would you like to have as your muse if your were painting their portrait? Turine: Any sleeping child from 6 to 10. Question: Why do fools fall in love? Turine: Fools don't grow up. They are young at heart, yet they are also fragile folks with foolish faith for fantasies and big hearts for adventures.
Inside Housing, U.K, Zizzi italian restaurant, U.K, Leo Burnett, Vietnam, Anthem World Wide, U.S, TIGHE Pub, U.S, Source Books, Inc. U.S, Speakaboo Childrens activities products, U.S, Hannes Rall, Germany, Digital Myth Making Project, Singapore, Favourites
: Forest Cafe
3 Bristo Place, Edinburgh
: Musee d'Orsay
: 2B technical pencil, blu-tac, and Wacom Intuous tablet
: Sushi, Vietnamese Pho, Smoked salmon, Canard a l'orange, Beurre d'escargot, Seeded bread with French cheese, home baked pizzas and pies. Give me just 3 things to live on- breath, conciousness, and good food.
: Lotus tea, Black coffee, white wine
: Google Image
Anyone, or to be more specific, any visual artist who doesn't use Google image is a fool