Home | Super talented Thai illustrators you should know
With the new year approaching we take a look at a few of the many Thai Illustrators who are making a name for themsleves in the creative industry both locally and abroad.
Jackkrit Anantakul is probably best known for his use of experimental typography and his vibrant and often funny illustrations. Jackkrit’s design philosophy is that good work speaks for its self and should focus on a key message. In a recent interview with Designboom Jackkrit said “for me, the first step is to try and understand the brief given to me, then I would try and approach the problem from different angles, and choose the most interesting solution to convey the message.”
Having exhibited widely he boasts an impressive international client list from Facebook to Google and his work is much sought after.
Rukkit Satapornvajana is a street artist and illustrator, his work is bright, colourful, geometric and striking in boldness and he’s well respected among other Thai illustrators.
Since graduating from Chulalongkorn University in Art Education, Rukkit worked as an art director before working for himself as an illustrator, graphic designer and street artist. His work has been found in several cities throughout Asia, including Seoul, Hong Kong, and of course Bangkok. Rukkit’s selected clients include Toyota, Nike and Tiger Beer.
Since his first group show in 2009, Rukkit has been exhibited widely throughout Asia.
Tanawat Sakdawisarak, or ‘BHBH’ Bloody Hell Big Head, is one of our favourite Thai illustrators, his clean crisp aesthetic combines geometric shapes with characters set amongst the surreal all finished with great muted colour harmonies. Based in Bangkok, his work nods at television and computer games from the 80s and 90s
This style, in particular, is more a description of his commercial work, whereas his personal work tends to be more fluid and more experimental in nature. In conversation with ‘It’s Nice That’, Tanawat says, “I love to combine geometric shapes with form and pattern. I sometimes feel like my works have the same aesthetic as comics and video games I used to play. ”
Tanawats work has been widely published and exhibited, his clients include GQ Thailand, Nike and Perrier among others.
Payoon “Yune” Worachananan
Payoon Worachananan or Yune is another favourite of ours and one of the only Thai Illustrators not living in Thailand. Yunecurrently lives and works in Tokyo Japan.
Yune’s work is beautifully crisp, detailed and full of imagery focussing on 2d shapes to depict architecture and landscape.
At such a young age, Phannapast Taychamaythakool (Yoon) has already achieved so much. After graduating from Chulalongkorn University Bangkok, with a degree in fashion, Yoon began working as a designer for Kloset, a Thai fashion brand, while at the same time pursuing her passion for art and illustration.
Soon after Yoon was discovered by Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele, who asked her to collaborate on several projects for the Italian fashion powerhouse.
Phannapast’s work tells personal stories through wonderfully detailed illustrations of animal characters, each with their own story depicting something from her personal life at the time. Often these animals might be humanlike, fairytale-like but with extraordinary details within the illustration. There is a mix of fashion and fantasy all brought together in a romantic colour palette that reflects her culture and Thai Chinese heritage.
Nuttapong Daovichitr’s use of detailed yet simple line drawings represents his feelings or state of being and these form the basis of his work. Nuttapomg is a Thai Illustrator based in Bangkok, Thailand and graduated in 2013 from Silpakorn University. Since then he has had several group exhibitions in Thailand and Japan. He currently works as a visual communicator for Practical Design Studio Bangkok.
With an impressive list of clients from Sony to Microsoft, to Top Shop and the New York Times, Pomme has made quite the name for herself in the world of illustration both commercially and editorially.
Born and raised in Bangkok, she attended Silpakorn University in Bangkok studying Interior Design. In 2002 she moved to London to further her studies, this time studying Graphic Design and communication at London College of Communication. Pomme continued to live in the UK until 2013 when she returned to Thailand to open her studio. She continues to live and work in Bangkok.
Jirayu Koo Amornpattana
Our final artist on our list of Thai Illustrators is another Bangkok based illustrator, Jirayu Koo Amornpattana. Her work is simple, bold, fun, and playful, mixing shapes and colours to bring characters to life.
“The heart of my approach is mixing together creative thought and playfulness mind with dynamic composition whilst retaining a jolly edge reminiscent of youth.” Her clients include The New York Times, The Guardian among others.
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