The 54-year-old is calm and collected, quite unlike the character he draws. French illustrator Jean-Philippe Delhomme stands amidst a bevy of Thai editorial faces - people with really nice houses and who are upper-class event hoppers - and easily blends in with the classy luxuriance of the Sansiri Lounge at Siam Paragon. He meticulously sharpens his colour pencils by hand before thoughtfully drawing his character The Unknown Hipster into each inside cover at his very first book signing in Thailand.
His chirpy and vivacious style has drawn big names to work with him, including Saab, Barneys New York, The Mark Hotel in New York, Maison Kitsune and Le Bon Marche in Paris, and magazines such as American GQ, French GQ and GCasa Italy have featured his work. In fact, it is his illustrations for Sansiri's "Life Comes Home" campaign that has brought him to Thailand for the third time.
Asked about how he feels taking on his first ever project from Asia, Delhomme replies: "I'm very happy to do this because I am interested in how they conceive their buildings, how they plan their buildings, as well as the architecture."
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