Krittin Teerawittayaart (Yoky Illustration) is a Thai freelance graphic designer and illustrator based in Bangkok. With the passion for art and design, he always finds inspiration from photography, music, films, and illustrations.
Since graduating from The Department of Visual Communication Design, Faculty of Decorative Arts, Yoky has been working as a freelance artist. His clients come from from various fields such as personal commissioning, global fashion and beauty brands, magazine, book publishers, event organizers, and organizations.
Yoky's enthusiasm to create artworks in new styles and techniques, for his developments in aesthetic and artistic skills is extremely evident.
What’s the day-to-day life of Yoky like?
You’ve mentioned that you graduated from The Department of Visual Communication and Design. What made/inspired you to get into illustrations?
I found I had a passion for art since I was very young, and of course, drawing and painting are the basics of studying visual design. Apart from a variety of subjects in the department, which had me find what I enjoy, doing most. Also I was interested in fashion and I really had fun drawing those models and costumes. I think this is why I got into Illustrations.
In a world where illustrations are now quite prominent and competitive, how do you find your own style?
It’s more like an instinct; I just draw and paint what I’m into in the way I like. I had seen and learned a lot of illustration styles and used them as my references so many times before, so I adapted and recreated in my own style. As Yohji Yamamoto said “Start copying what you love. Copy copy copy copy. At the end of the copy, you will find yourself.” (Another one that touches me is by Jim Jarmusch on originality.)
Is there a ‘go to routine’ when creating new pieces? OR Is there a particular routine you get into before starting a new piece?
How would you describe your working space?
What kind of environment do you prefer to work in?
Apart from your incredibly beautiful illustrations, do you have a secret talent or hobby that you like to do in your downtime that people don’t know about?
I love making my own skincare! It’s fun and easier than most people think. Now I’ve made almost everything I use in my routine, from cleanser, moisturizer, to sunscreen. I can tell they work pretty well.
Do you have a quote or phrase that you like to reflect on in your everyday life?
‘Be happy.’ It sounds simple but it’s always practical. Doing what you love makes you happy. When you’re happy, you can do it well. I think that’s a fact.