As the art director of a day magazine, Jiranarong Wongsoontorn loves all things aesthetic. Along with overseeing the art in the cult publication, he also does illustrations for books, takes photos, cycles and chills out with nature. A fine arts graduate from Chiang Mai University, the 31-yearold art enthusiast is the man behind the soft brushstrokes in Wongthanong Chainarongsingha’s new bookIn My Life . His latest watercolour efforts are currently on show at Spoonful Zakka & Cafe(Room 201, 2/F, The Portico, Soi Lang Suan,02-652-2278, www.spoonfulzakka.com) until Apr 10.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED DOING ILLUSTRATIONS FOR BOOKS?
I've been doing illustrations for a day from time to time. When Bick Boonsinsukh, the editor of a book [the affiliated publishing house of a day], was looking for an illustrator, he asked if I could do it. He likes my drawings. So I got to work on the first book Sing Mee Cheewit Nai Rongram (Living Creatures in a Hotel) by Wichai. I've been doing illustrations for new books twice a year. I've never really counted - almost 10 of them, I guess.
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