Q: What made you want to go into the creative art and design industry?
A: I’ve always loved art. I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. I graduated from the Faculty of Digital Art at Rangsit University in 2013 with a major in animation. On the other hand, I was interested in illustration. Finally, my current career is an illustrator and graphic designer.
Q: Who has most influenced you in your artistic career?
A: I don’t have any creative idols per se. Some of their works impress me with their use of colours or detail. I enjoy watching movies so I got inspired by them. For me, I try to keep myself healthy so I can travel as learning from new experiences is necessary for me. I seek inspiration to help me work more effectively. Although I’m usually busy with a tight schedule, after I’ve finished one project, I must move on to another project immediately. Sometimes I’m exhausted by everything around me. I may need more personal time to relax.
Q: Most of your artwork depicts couples and the melancholic feelings towards separation and loss. What kind of message are you trying to convey to the audience through these pieces?
A: Most of them are my personal illustrations. Basically, I have those kinds of feelings. Sometimes it’s like a dark gloomy cloud that just popped over my head and I need to let them out.
Q: You’ve also shared personal pieces that showed how you felt and what you were inspired by at that moment. Has drawing always been a way of self-expression for you growing up?
A: Not for all of them. Some were a form of self-expression, just a black cloud, while other pieces came from ideas and moods I got from films.
Q: The portfolio you’ve built includes a project where you illustrated classic literary characters. Do you have any plans to illustrate a children’s book?
A: Yes! I’m currently working on that. I’m just trying to draw in another way for my work in the future and not only the sad or dark side of things.
Q: If you weren’t an illustrator or a graphic designer, what other fields could you see yourself going into?
A: Not far from the arts. I could perhaps try a career in the film industry as a screenwriter or an animation director.
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Website: Meellameel Illustration
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