Tran Nguyen

ImagineFX - - Fantastic Figures - Lo­ca­tion: US Web: www.my­nameis­tran.com Me­dia: Pen­cils, acrylics

When nom­i­nated to be her school’s home­com­ing queen, Tran Nguyen had a de­ci­sion to make: come up with a “cheesy pro­pa­ganda poster,” selling her­self to her peers, or do some­thing a bit more real. “I livened my poster up with a whim­si­cal fe­male fig­ure,” she says. “Her anatomy wasn’t per­fect, but it was a ground-break­ing piece for me.”

For Tran, anatom­i­cal ac­cu­racy has never been the ul­ti­mate goal to fig­ure paint­ing. She ex­ag­ger­ates and stylises the hu­man form with the aim of, “com­ple­ment­ing the con­cept or com­po­si­tion, jux­ta­pos­ing static fig­ures with quirky en­vi­ron­ments.”

Fig­ure draw­ing helped the artist im­prove im­mensely when start­ing out. “Draw­ing from ob­ser­va­tion, from life, is like learn­ing a lan­guage in its na­tive coun­try,” Tran says.

But it’s not all been plain sail­ing. “When I was a kid, it was al­ways the nose I had most dif­fi­culty de­pict­ing, and it’s still one of my weak points to­day.”

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