June’s family originally hail from the gorgeous and exotic farms of Thailand, and so she is ‘spoiled for choice’ when it comes to food – ‘especially as my mum owns a Thai restaurant’ (yum!)
Can you guess which month June was born in? We’ll give you a hint – the clue is very much in the name. ‘I think my parents named me ‘June’ so they would never forget my birthday…’ she says.
She has been head-over-mermaid-tail in love with Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale The Little Mermaid ever since she was a little girl; she fuelled her passion by drawing lots and lots of mermaids.
Find out more below.
I am a freelance illustrator and am based in a gorgeous village called Cheam. I work with lots of traditional mediums such as pens, pencils, ink but mainly acrylics paints. I love drawing people and I try to tell hidden stories within my work whether it be in fashion illustration or simple portrait. I have been featured in Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration, Sketchbook Magazine and LA Fashion Snob.
I graduated from the University of Westminster with an Illustration degree; I found my love and talent for painting during my third year. Since then, I have never stopped painting!
What are your inspirations?
I find my inspirations in the most unlikeliest places. Sometimes just doing mundane tasks can give me a spark! I also love listening and talking to people – there are so many stories to tell. To me, they encapsulate their own history during their experiences on Earth. I like watching films, especially Asian cinema: they are so graceful and such vibrant cinematography. I also have a camera on me all the time, and when I see something unusual or colourful, I snap it up and I put it in my personal album.
If I had to choose right now, it would be a piece I did for the Think. Act. Vote! “The Future I Choose…” book. Because not only was it a welcomed challenge but it kind of marks a turning point in my illustration. I can clearly remember the thought process behind it and where I was, when I thought of the composition. I wanted people to see an alternate view to our brave soldiers; we take for granted. When I was creating it, I was content.
Who is your favourite ‘creative’ in your chosen field?
My goodness, I have so many! My childhood favourite are also Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac. I love the works of James Jeans and Rene Gruau.
All images © June Chanpoomidole. To view the images in clearer detail, click on them.