With almost 20k followers on Instagram, as well as commissions from clients like Samsung, Design House Greetings x Trader Joe’s, and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Ploypisut Chueobchoey (aka Ploy) has made quite a splash within the buzzing illustration community.
Based in Bangkok, Thailand, and raised in a Thai-Chinese family, Ploy’s heritage plays a big role in her illustrations. Inspired by wall paintings in Chinese temples, as well as Thai textiles, themes like animals, folk tales, and floral patterns are all to be expected within her work.
“I began drawing when I was very young,” Ploy relayed in an interview with Lake, recalling her creative upbringing. “During my childhood, I was surrounded by Chinese and Thai decorations,” she notes. “My grandpa used a Chinese ceramic bowl and teapot, and my grandma wore a Thai motif textile cloth. I thought I absorbed a lot from my childhood environment.”
She adds that her parents encouraged her to continue her creative path, which eventually she has. “I am so thrilled to see illustrations and patterns come to life,” says Ploy. Her weapons of choice? Mainly watercolors, but also gouache paints and ink.
Here are some of our favorite illustrations by her.