Ross Tran

An artist keen to keep learn­ing and share knowl­edge

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As an only child Ross spent a lot of time find­ing new ways to en­ter­tain him­self. “I re­mem­ber ex­plor­ing the back yard of my grandma’s place and get­ting lost in the worlds I cre­ated for my­self,” he re­calls. Soon that imag­i­na­tion was put to use in his art.

“Fan­tasy al­lows for any­thing to hap­pen! It’s just a whole world of make-be­lieve and un­lim­ited things to draw from,” says the artist, who has found suc­cess with a vi­brant port­fo­lio of fan­tasy fig­ures and con­cepts. His por­traits in par­tic­u­lar are strik­ing and evoca­tive. In a few sim­ple strokes he man­ages to cap­ture your imag­i­na­tion, and it’s all in the eyes… “They let the viewer in and en­gage them, then al­low the viewer to gan­der around. The eyes help the viewer know their story and it makes a great fo­cal point,” he con­firms.

Over time, Ross has be­gun to de­fine his style. Ex­plain­ing that an artist’s style comes from their ex­pe­ri­ences and pur­pose, Ross has started to pare back his work. “Lately I’ve been try­ing to sim­plify a lot more and get into graphic de­sign,” he says.

Key for Ross is the broader art com­mu­nity that he finds in­spi­ra­tional. “I think it’s es­sen­tial to share and pass on knowl­edge. I wouldn’t be the cre­ator that I am to­day with­out hum­ble tal­ented artists shar­ing their ex­pe­ri­ences and knowl­edge with me.”

To this end Ross has launched a YouTube chan­nel (­draws) to give back to a com­mu­nity he val­ues. “If I could help [artists] fur­ther suc­ceed in [their] jour­ney in any way, I’ve done my job,” says Ross.


Artist tip Never ever stop learn­ing

“Ev­ery ex­pe­ri­ence will feed into your work and make you who you are.”

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