Tina Tran is an independent illustrator and content creator currently based in Toronto.
Tina Tran is an independent illustrator and content creator currently based in Toronto. Primarily a traditional artist, Tina likes to work with a variety of mediums, such as watercolour, gouache, markers, coloured pencils, and more, to create colourful portraits and character-driven illustrations.
Over the past few years, Tina has shown her art in local galleries, sold her work online and collaborated with various companies on her Instagram page and YouTube channel.
We chatted with this inspiring artist and asked her a few questions about her artistic process.
What does creativity mean to you?
Creativity is one’s unique voice and perspective, and it can take on many different forms. For me, I present my creativity through my illustrations, but for others, it could be in the form of writing or music. It allows people to express who they are in a tangible way.
What purpose does art serve in your life?
For me, creating artwork is a form of self-expression. In a lot of ways, I think my artwork is an extension of myself. It reflects who I am as not only an artist, but a person as well. I am greatly inspired by fashion, pop culture and femininity, and I think that my work encompasses all of those interests.
What is your favourite social platform for expressing your art, and why?
I think that having a YouTube channel has really afforded me more opportunities than I ever had before. But more importantly, video content allows me to show my audience my art process, share my thoughts on different art supplies, and is another way for me to connect with them in a more personal way.
Can you describe a key moment in your artistic journey?
I went to college for Graphic Design, but soon after I graduated, I realized that I did not want to pursue a career in that field.
It took me several years to figure out my path, but once I decided to commit to being an independent illustrator, primarily using social media to do so, I began to see growth and momentum that led me to where I am today in my career.
Watch the video of Tina testing our new Dacryl acrylic gouache.