"Instagram is an exquisite way to gain exposure from those who may not be aware of my work already.

You never know who's following you - art collectors, galleries, art directors, other artists. "


Tell us a little about you and your work.

My name is pronounced "tron," like the movie.  I'm a freelance artist, based in Georgia, with an interest in therapeutic imagery.


How do you think the use of Instagram has benefited your art practice? 

Instagram is an exquisite way to gain exposure from those who may not be aware of my work already.  You never know who is following you -art collectors, galleries, art directors, or other artists. 


Are you actively involved in a community of artists? 

I would say that Georgia has a prospering market for illustration.  I recently moved to the Metropolitan area of Georgia, and because of this, I've found a surplus of artists to network with and a thriving art community to immerse myself into.


What do you most enjoy depicting in your illustrations? 

I have a love for juxtaposing rendered figures with flat shapes, which I often convey in my gallery work.  With illustration, since this concept may seem a bit too whimsical and esoteric to the general viewer, I don't often find the chance to depict it.


What’s your medium of choice?

Acrylic & color pencil on paper.

How did you launch your illustration career? 

I started out in the fine art industry and slowly made my transition into an illustration with the help of my agent, Richard Solomon.  He's a huge catalyst in gaining me the illustration reputation I have today.


What is your work process? 

Preliminaries usually take about a week, consisting of brainstorming sessions and rough-to-tight sketches.  Once a final sketch is made, it's then transferred via a light table to Arches hotpress paper.  Starting with thin glazes, I color block general areas with acrylic.  Afterward, I add 30+ glazes to create value and smooth gradation.  Most of the more meticulous details are noodled in with color pencils.


Does environmental concern enter your work practice?

In working with acrylics, there aren't many toxins to deal with in comparison to oils.  Everything I work with is water-based and solidifies when it dries so there isn't much of a hazard to the environment.  The most I need to be careful with is making sure I don't rest my hand on wet acrylic and smear it onto my painting (has happened on several occasions).


Name your top three influences (artists or otherwise). 

Gustav Klimt, Hayao Miyazaki, James Jean.

Stay tuned to Tran Nguyen's work:

Instagram @mynameistran