Week 14

Have faith in your abilities.

Komain Techanadta

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Have faith in your abilities.

Komain Techanadta

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Komain Teachanadta, known online as Doggygraph, creates boldly colorful illustrations for editorials, advertisements, books, and other media with a style somewhere between an architectural schematic and a Saturday morning cartoon. His influences come not from TV, however, but his native city of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand.

Home to nearly 300 temples and museums, many Thai people know it as the “Rose of the North,” while Komain calls it, “A city of beautiful art and culture. I have a surprise every day and get ideas talking to various people. It has the power to create works.”

Beyond his home town he also draws great inspiration for his vector graphics from reading articles, talking with happy people and motivating words from parents or friends.

“Sometimes I am inspired by myself,” Komain adds.

About Komain

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Komain Techanadta was born and raised in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. Having graduated with a Bachelors in Communication Arts & Design, Komain devotes his time to creating illustrations for editorials, advertisements, books and other published media.

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If a job doesn't challenge me, I can’t improve my skills.

Drawn to his school’s art club at age 13, he found a particular facility with drawing. He drew well and it made him happy, but even more amazing was learning that computers could help him paint, draw and retouch a picture. Luckily, there was a healthy amount of support at home.

“My father was a mechanic,” Komain remembers. “He knew nothing about art, but would take me to buy artist’s supplies, paint, paper books. He told me, ‘Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities!'”

With that self-confidence in his back pocket, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts & Design from Rajamangala University of Technology, then put his skills to use as a freelance graphic designer.

“Everything I design, write and illustrate begins with a blank piece of paper, then a pencil sketch, and the more refined drawings go into the computer to start work in Illustrator,” says Komain, who like his hero Leonardo da Vinci, is something of a polymath when it comes to diversifying his work, which also encompasses animation.

Of the many pieces in his online portfolio, he is most proud of a set of beautiful vintage Lai-Thai design patterns that reflect the temples and old architecture of Thailand.

“I like the original Lai-Thai drawings, and I think it should be modernized so it can be used in new designs,” he says.

After creating a website, menu and name cards for a Thai restaurant in Pennsylvania, the U.S.-based owner told Komain his handy work would be desirable in many countries.

“He advised me to share my pictures online, which I did in November of 2010,” said Komain. “The first thing I look for in a job is the opportunity to make myself better, to learn. If a job doesn’t challenge me, I can’t improve my skills. Life is an experiment. If you put all your faith into the job and do the best you can, the money will come.”

Despite struggling with Nasopharyngitis caused by seasonal allergies that sometimes inhibit his ability to work, Komain Teachanadta gains the greatest strength from his 8-year-old daughter Ramida, whose name means “Enjoy.” Ultimately, that’s what really matters to him.

“I am inspired by my daughter,” says Komain. “In 2012 I took her on her first trip to Bangkok. We went to the city to see the attractions like Wat Phra Kaew, the Giant Swing and other monuments. It is a great feeling to be remembered.”

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Thailand

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15%

In 2014, Thailand was the leading contributing country of images on Shutterstock, representing 15% of all images submitted to the collection.

800

Lai Thai refers to ancient patterns and styles, often found engraved in temples located in northern Thailand. The first signs of Lai Thai patterns are around 800 years old, from the Sukhothai period.

About Komain

http://www.shutterstock.com/panorama/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/komain.jpg

Komain Techanadta was born and raised in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. Having graduated with a Bachelors in Communication Arts & Design, Komain devotes his time to creating illustrations for editorials, advertisements, books and other published media.

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