Basia Tran

Basia Tran - Designer

Jersey City, NJ, USA

Book cover designer and professional illustrator specializing in children's book, middle grade, and the fantasy genre.

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Overview

Hello! My name is Ngoc Diep Barbara, but I go by my Polish short Basia! I'm a Polish and Vietnamese illustrator specializing in children's books illustration. I am currently based in Jersey City, NJ.

I'm only accepting commissions that include illustration work.
Typesetting / book interior design services available for an extra fee.

Availability: Starting in Spring 2023.

Business hours: Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm (UTC-5:00). Please, feel free to message me anytime with any questions you may have and I will get back to you during my work hours.

Thank you for your interest!
Languages
English
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Fantasy
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
Picture Books
Romance
Non-Fiction
History
Nature

Certifications

  • BFA Illustration

Awards

  • Society of Illustrators: 2016 Student Scholarship - 1 illustration
  • Ringling College of Art and Design: Illest of Illustration 2015 - 1 illustration
  • Ringling College of Art and Design: Illest of Illustration 2016 - 3 illustrations
  • Best of Ringling 2016 - 2 illustrations
  • Best of Ringling 2017 - 3 illustrations

Work experience

Freelance Illustrator & Designer

Self-employed
November, 2017 – Present (over 5 years)

Clients include: Kar-Ben Publishing, Capstone Publishing, Ben & Jerry, Yves Rocher, ASPCA, Roof Studio, Epipheo, codeheroes, and more.
● Created full-spread illustrations and visual development for children's books based on manuscripts received from writers.
● Drew beats, storyboards and produced 45” and 90” animatics.
● Created sketches and finished designs of environments, props and characters to be modeled in 3D.
● Completed mood paintings with great emphasis on lighting and color under tight deadlines.
● Assist the art director in creating 2D assets for animation, storyboards and concept designs for 2D &
3D projects.

Art Intern / Junior Designer

Roof Studio
June, 2017 – October, 2017 (4 months)

Completed tasks for the advertising animation media with a high focus on artistry and originality:
● Created designs for projects differing in style and art direction.
● Worked in collaboration with art directors and modelers to meet their visual development needs.
● Generated explorative concept paintings with a focus on lighting and depth.

Game Art Intern

Hasbro
May, 2016 – August, 2016 (3 months)

Accomplished tasks for future product lines under the supervision of the lead artist and design manager in
an innovative and creative environment of the Integrated Play Department:
● Created artwork for toy and game designs for direct production of digital applications, which included
ideation, sketching, drawing, painting and creating animation guidelines.
● Produced engaging 2D character designs and background art to be translated into 3D models, and
animations for digital experiences.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

My Footprints

Bao Phi

Every child feels different in some way, but Thuy feels "double different." She is Vietnamese American and she has two moms. Thuy walks home one winter afternoon, angry and lonely after a bully's taunts. Then a bird catches her attention and sets Thuy on an imaginary exploration. What if she could fly away like a bird? What if she could sprint like a deer, or roar like a bear? Mimicking the fo... read more

Every child feels different in some way, but Thuy feels "double different." She is Vietnamese American and she has two moms. Thuy walks home one winter afternoon, angry and lonely after a bully's taunts. Then a bird catches her attention and sets Thuy on an imaginary exploration. What if she could fly away like a bird? What if she could sprint like a deer, or roar like a bear? Mimicking the fo... read more

J is for Jollof: An African Alphabet

Fátúsìn, Dr Gloria

Archer and Zowie

Hans Bluedorn

"Hans Bluedorn has encapsulated childhood imagination at its fullest."-- DeAnna Squire, ReedsyAuthor of The Fallacy Detective has written again. This time, he tackles friendship and self-esteem for kids using his comedy-of-the-absurd humor.This is a middle-grade sci-fi story about Archer and Zowie: Two mismatched kids who build a spaceship from a treehouse and travel into deep space. They are ... read more

"Hans Bluedorn has encapsulated childhood imagination at its fullest."-- DeAnna Squire, ReedsyAuthor of The Fallacy Detective has written again. This time, he tackles friendship and self-esteem for kids using his comedy-of-the-absurd humor.This is a middle-grade sci-fi story about Archer and Zowie: Two mismatched kids who build a spaceship from a treehouse and travel into deep space. They are ... read more

The Number Mountain

Allen, Ashley, Rees, Jennifer, Tran, Basia

Basia has 13 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Ashley Allen
Basia was incredible to work with! She brought my vision to life and then some. She was professional and very appreciative of my feedback. Sometimes, it is hard to give feedback and not come across as rude especially over messaging. But she took all my input with a leap and we worked together to fix what needed to be fixed. Basia makes a great person/teammate to work with for your book. I highl...
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Ashley Allen, June 2022


Chris Roper
Basia has been such a pleasure to work with. She asked pertinent questions to set up her visual interpretation of my stories character, and nailed it! I love the character she has created, and can’t wait to see more of her drawings, as she brings the rest of my story to life! She is professional, talented, driven, and punctual. Best of all, she’s super sweet!

Chris Roper, April 2022


Heather Garbo
This is the second project I've worked with Basia on, and I hope to work with her on more projects in the future. The illustration and design she did for our middle grade book are absolutely beautiful! Highly recommend her!

Heather Garbo, February 2022


Tayler Logue
Working with Basia was wonderful! She was clear with what she needed from me to get started and implemented all feedback to make sure I was happy with the final result. My cover turned out better than I thought it would.

Tayler Logue, October 2021


Gloria Fatusin
Really enjoyed working with Basia on my book cover. She went above and beyond and finished the project in a timely and professional manner. She was really patient with me bearing in mind it was my first self-published work. I would heartily recommend her to anyone.

Gloria Fatusin, August 2020

Basia Tran
Thank you, Gloria! It was a joy to work with you on such a cute book!

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