Basia Tran

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Kraków, Poland

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

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Hi! My name is Ngoc Diep Barbara Tran, but I go by my Polish short Basia.

I graduated with honors from Ringling College of Art & Design majoring in Illustration. I'm a Polish and Vietnamese illustrator specializing in children's books and lifestyle illustration. I also occasionally work in music, animation, video games & advertising. I am currently based in my beautiful hometown Kraków, Poland.

Despite my upbringing and work being diverse, it is connected by a common thread: my desire to tell stories that could make you laugh, teach you something new or even bring you some peace. Best of all, if they could be all of the above.
Languages
English
Fiction
Adventure
Children's - Middle Grade
Children's Picture Books
Comics & Graphic Novels
Fantasy
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

Self-employed
November, 2017 – Present (over 1 year)

Clients: Capstone Publishing, the ASPCA, Ben & Jerry, Yves Rocher, Epipheo, Roof Studio, Polymath Lab and more.

Storyboard Artist

Epipheo
December, 2017 – Present (over 1 year)

● Assist the art director and producer in creating storyboards and animatics for commercials.

Visual Development Artist

Polymath Lab
July, 2017 – January, 2018 (6 months)

● 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.

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 (2 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

Two Parts of Me: I Am More Than My Body (Conscious Children's Books Book 1)

Susan Nicholas

Two Parts of Me: I am More Than My Body introduces children to the dual nature of their lives on Earth – that they are both a physical being and an energy being. We are all more than a physical body and Two Parts of Me helps young children to understand the meaning and importance of the feelings emanating from their energy bodies. Children are encouraged to trust their innermost feelings and t... read more

Two Parts of Me: I am More Than My Body introduces children to the dual nature of their lives on Earth – that they are both a physical being and an energy being. We are all more than a physical body and Two Parts of Me helps young children to understand the meaning and importance of the feelings emanating from their energy bodies. Children are encouraged to trust their innermost feelings and t... read more

Basia has 3 reviews

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Mark Boutros
Basia is extremely talented and her vision is unique while still staying true to genre. She really cares about what she does and I hope to keep working with her.

Mark Boutros, July 2018

Basia Tran
Hi Mark! It was a joy to work with you, and I really appreciate your patience and respect towards the artwork. I also hope we will work together sometime in the future :)

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Sharon Willett
Basia is a kind and persevering young lady. I wasn't easy to work with, but she was and did an excellent job.

Sharon Willett, June 2018

Basia Tran
I am happy I was able to make a cover you were happy with, and I'm thankful for the kind review. All the best, Basia

Reply from Basia Tran


Aaron Long
I don't even know where to begin, I knew the minute I sent my request to Basia that I'd be in awe of her work. I myself was a bit hesitant because, my book is a bit EMO, and it's a story not many people wanted to publish, because of the theme. But, Basia didn't knock it, in fact she encouraged me to push through. I wanted a unique cover for my book, and she over delivered. I was in awe of the f...
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Aaron Long, April 2018

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