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Young artist sees profile, popularity rising on path to prosperity with pixels

Mr Hathaphom Vikhamsao, 23, first fell in love with drawing when he was a child.
Now the young artist known to friends and family as Mr Choy and his work are becoming increasingly known after his profile of popular singer Anita won popularity.
His depiction of Anita has drawn a lot of interest since being shared on social media, with many people seeking to hire the young man to draw for them too.

Mr Hathaphom Vikhamsao AKA Mr Choy.

Mr Hathaphom told Vientiane Times that he very happy and gratified that his work had received a lot of interest from the public recently.
He expressed thanks to his fans and patrons for his experiences so far and the encouragement to pursue his art.
“I have liked to draw since when I was a child, doing cartoons in my free time,” he said.
“I began drawing cartoon-like images of peoples profiles as I wanted to give gifts to friends and relatives at special occasions such as their graduation ceremony”.
Mr Hathaphom didn’t study drawing at school but rather developed his chops on his own, seeking methods and information on the art form via YouTube.
Starting in September last year, within a month he was up to an 80 percent success rate.
To capture the likeness he uses an iPad and the applications Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
The popularity of his depiction of Anita has led to him receiving more and more paid commissions.
He has set his work at the very reasonable price of 50,000 kip per person and 100,000 kip for a couple.
It is most fantastic price indeed when you consider it takes him 2-3 days to complete a one-person picture and 3-4 days for a couple.
Most customers are young people, including engaged folks preparing for their nuptials.
He has drawn for clients and friends as original gifts for all events from graduation ceremonies, pre-wedding pictures, birthdays, anniversaries and more.
When the work is complete he sends the image via e-mail to his customers as an attachment.
His efforts are now being shared by many and receiving much interest from among the public including some notable names.
His work so far includes Movie Director Chantheva Dithhavong (Zumo), Master of Ceremonies Anutha LadsavongLao (Nutha), model Piyada Inthavong (Lingling), net idol Larnoy Phorchai, singer Vilouna Phetmany and others.
With no shortage of offers arriving daily his inbox, he has to balance his time and responsibilities that include studies abroad.
“Now I am studying marketing through a university in Vietnam. I fulfil orders when I have free time from my class such as night time, on Saturdays and Sundays”, he said.
He also plans to continually upgrade his skills in the arts to take advantage of his talents.
Fans can follow his work and adventures via his Facebook page: Hathaphom Vikhamsao and also his Wechat ID: Enjoy94 with his email:


By Viengdavanh Banphahaksa
(Latest Update May 27, 2017)


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