Tran Nguyen Interview from Flesk Publications

The Mauve Girl by Tran Nguyen

Tran Nguyen is an award-winning illustrator & fine artist. Born in Can Tho, Vietnam, she currently resides in the peachy state of Georgia. Nguyen’s paintings are created with a soft, delicate quality using colored pencil and acrylic on paper. She’s most known for her paintings of whimsical women and their melancholic landscapes, which often possess an air of fantasy and surrealism. She creates illustrations for published media such as magazines, books, wine & beer packaging, animation, advertising, and mural work. Her clients include VH1, Tiger Beer, World Wildlife Fund, and she has showcased with galleries across the world.

FLESK: What experience do you hope viewers have while looking at your art?

NGUYEN: I’d like viewers to feel some form of re-assurance that everything will be okay no matter what they’re going through in life. Or simply getting a tinge of creative inspiration from it would make the illustration a success.

FLESK: Much of your art features an array of more-than-human imagery. What is it about human reality combined with metaphysical elements that speaks to you?

NGUYEN: There are layers beneath human reality that isn’t visually apparent, but exists, so I like to give these layers physical form and showcase the two together in the same image plane to create a sense of surrealism. Reality is so much more extraordinary than it appears.

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FLESK: What emotion tends to guide your creativity the most?

NGUYEN: Most probably melancholy and its near opposite, contentment.

FLESK: What is your favorite fantasy subject to illustrate?

NGUYEN: My favorites are fluffy, feline beasts such as massive tigers or shield maiden-esque characters with an Asian twist.

FLESK: How has your artistic style changed over the years and where do you see it heading?

NGUYEN: My artistic style started out far more bizarre and surreal, but these days, it’s toned itself down. As my personal narrative has become grounded, my execution of the subject has gotten more realistic. In the near future, I plan on revisiting those weird and whimsical subject matters as well as scaling back the tightly rendered forms.

FLESK: Do you have any upcoming projects you would like to share some information about?

NGUYEN: I have a ton of personal projects that’s been on back burner for years and one of it is creating a luxe silk scarf featuring one of my illustrations. I finally have the time to bring it to life and I’m excited launch the project on Kickstarter in early October 2020.

Ambedo by Tran Nguyen. Art book retrospective published by Flesk.

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Spectrum 27 is Now Available from Flesk!

Hi, all,

I’m proud to announce that Spectrum 27: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art arrived at our Flesk warehouse!

We have shipped all of the artist complimentary copies along with the pre-orders received direct from our Flesk website.

The bulk copies are on route to our distributor who will be stocking up our favorite comic and book stores soon.

We hope you enjoy the book. Kathy and I poured a ton of energy into this volume. We’re very proud to see how amazing it came out.

Order Spectrum 27 direct from our Flesk online store and get it at a special price:
https://www.fleskpublications.com/spectrum-books

The Spectrum 27 cover is by Tommy Arnold.

Enjoy,

John

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Al Williamson and Mark Schultz Books Update!

Hello, all,

We’ve been incredibly busy here since the campaign ended last month. I’d like to give you an update on each of the four books.

1. The Al Williamson and Mark Schultz Astounding Sketchbook

This bonus item is done and at the printer! We filled up this 16 page sketchbook with never before published sketches and preliminaries by Al and Mark. It sure was a lot of fun to dig through material to use for this.

2. Carbon 4 by Mark Schultz

This book is done and at the printer! I worked closely with Mark over the last few months to select art for this collection. As always, Mark is a joy to work with and we are very proud with how this new collection came out. Mark decided at the last minute to draw a few new pieces that will be revealed once the book is shipped to you.

3. Xenozoic by Mark Schultz

This book is done and at the printer. We’re very excited to bring the classic Xenozoic Tales collection back in print in this new format. We poured over every detail and are happy to have this coming out soon.

4. Al Williamson Strange World Adventures

The artwork selection, the writing, and the preliminary designs are all done. At this time, I am focused full time on tightening up the designs, then will focus on the finished designs, followed by the final proofing. We were able to pull together a beautiful selection of Al’s artwork that spans his entire career. I expect to have it done in the next couple of weeks. I ended up doing far more writing for the book than I initially intended, which added a few weeks to the production time, but I feel it was well worth the effort.

I’ll let you all know right when the Al Williamson book is done!

Thank you so much for your support to make these books a reality.

Enjoy,

John

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Jeffrey Alan Love Signed Books!

Hi, all,

We had a driveway visit with Jeffrey Alan Love earlier this week. Jeff was kind enough to sign more copies of his Notes From the Shadowed City and The Thousand Demon Tree books. We have them available on our Flesk website.

It was nice to catch up with Jeff and to hear about a pair of book ideas that he has. He’s a great guy and wonderful to work with. I look forward to publishing more books with Jeff in the future.

The Jeffrey Alan Love books from Flesk:
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Enjoy

John

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