Basia Tran

Basia Tran - Designer

Kraków, Poland

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

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Overview

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 illustration. 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.

I am experienced in working with Kindle Direct Publishing and IngramSpark.
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 (almost 3 years)

Clients include: Yves Rocher, ASPCA, Ben & Jerry, Roof Studio, Epipheo, codeheroes, Capstone
Publishing, 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 (6 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

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

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 9 reviews

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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


Hans Bluedorn
It was good to work with Basia, again. As always :)

Hans Bluedorn, December 2019

Basia Tran
Thank you, Hans! Same to you! :)

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Linda Reed
I worked with Basia on a second project and she did not disappoint! Her creative ideas enhanced the work and I would definitely work with her again.

Linda Reed, December 2019

Basia Tran
Thank you, Linda! I'm glad that you like my work and I'm very happy to lend my art to your stories :)

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Hans Bluedorn
This is my second time working with Basia. Her work is amazing . . . as before :)

Hans Bluedorn, November 2019

Basia Tran
Thank you, Hans! It was a joy to work with you again.

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Hans Bluedorn
Basia was very easy to work with. She puts out a very high quality product. I look forward to working with her in the future.

Hans Bluedorn, July 2019

Basia Tran
Thank you for the kind review, Hans! It was great fun assisting you in shaping the cover for the adventures of Archer & Zowie :)

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