Digital Artist Series – Interview with Srihari Wickramasinghe (@sri_arts)
The world has gone Digital so why not art? The evolution of digital art has bought revolutionary changes in the art sector. Art is more accessible now, and thanks to various social media platforms, you can connect to the artists all the more easily and enjoy, learn, pursue or purchase art as you wish too. With a myriad of excellent apps and hundreds of useful tutorials, there is no limit to what you can achieve through digital art. Team Weekendtrivia have had the chance to know some wonderful digital artists creating unique arts in their own niche. And we are doing an interview series with such artists. Hop on and enjoy the ride..!
Today we are talking with Srihari Wickramasinghe. A quirky girl from Srilanka who is a hurricane by herself. Left her 9-5 job to pursue her childhood dream of becoming an artist and she is doing wonders with many odds and societial taboos. She is a shining example of how you can find true happiness by following your dreams. Her work is a breath of fresh life, and she has created a very good brand for herself – Say it with Cards. Truly inspiring. Read on to know more about her.
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Q. Please introduce yourself.
I am Raveesha Srihari Wickramasinghe owner and founder of Sri Arts based in Sri Lanka.
Q. What made you start your art page? Please share what is your Instagram profile is all about and how did your journey start?
Started this page for the passion I have towards art and also for
my childhood dream then. Turned my dream into a reality by taking this as my fulltime job.
Q. Is being an artist your full-time profession or do you work elsewhere? Is it possible to make a sustainable career out of art in today’s world?
Yes, this is now my fulltime job. Yes, you can make a living out of this. Yes, the “Artist” doesn’t have much of a place in society. Yes, we get paid for our work. People have a different perspective and what matters is what
brings you happiness. What’s the point in doing a 9-5 job and all you do is worry? I was a Hotelier and I left my job to be and pursue my dream. And I can tell I am sooo much happy as an artist. Yes, I am not earning at the moment as I used to be but it’s still the beginning and things
will be changed later. But I find soo much peace and happiness being an artist and that’s all that matters to me the most.
Q. What would you consider your biggest achievement so far?
Working For UNDP Sri Lanka for Covid19 campaign
Q. What is your signature style of art that represents you as an artist? What does your work aim to say? Do you address current world scenarios through your work?
My signature style is more caricature style and I want to draw more happy faces. Yes, my art is always related to current day scenarios and I always wanna give a message and also wanna make people happy through my art. The world has enough worries and I just need to bring some smile on people who see my art.
Q. What is your favourite medium to work upon? And your favourite work tools?
I love watercolours and I love how water and colours mix together and make a different kind of texture without you putting so much effort. I have now started doing digital and I find that is easy and also fun to work with. instead of Brushes watercolours.
Q. When you start a new piece of art, how do you get the inspiration/motivation it? How long does it take approximately to finish one piece of art?
I can get ideas middle of a hectic day and I will stop all the work and will do it. That’s how I find inspiration like towards my work. Because sometimes working on commissions at a stretch makes you feel tired and exhausted and this is how I always boost my energy. I don’t force my self to draw. I do browse the internet a lot and then its comes and then there are days I am without any clue what to draw n those days I sleep and still enjoy my time n life.
Q. Who are your biggest influences?
OMG there are plenty of people. I think the whole of Instagram is influencing. I love Alicia Souza. And then my friends Woodledoodledesigns and many more artists.
Q. How do you manage your family life along with other commitments and running a page?
That’s not easy to cope up always but I must say I have a very supportive family. I plan my work
and arrange things accordingly most. I don’t do journal I have all in my head. Hahaha 😀
Q. What are the biggest challenges that you face as an artist? Is the creative block a common problem?
Challenges are finding the right customers and getting the materials in here. Because Now only we are getting many of the items yet can’t find ones I need for. So have to order online or ask a friend who is coming down from overseas.
Again the other thing I find hard is making people realize that you are not unemployed. Coz people’s mindset is very poor and it’s not easy to make them understand that Artist is a job too. Art block is very common and I face it too.
Q. Which current art world trends are you following if any?
Q. Apart from being an artist, what are your hobbies?
I read books. I need music. I cannot work without music. I watch lots of movies and also I sleep if that too counts as hobby hahaha 😀
Q. Please share your experience with different brands/projects you have worked with?
I have worked with –
Santani Wellness Resorts
Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi
With Mconcepts for Kandos Chocolate
Q. There are a lot of shoddy people on social media who either try to discredit others or stalk them. How do you deal with such people or negativity in general? Does it bog you down or affect your mental peace?
I ignore. Coz my peace is more important than them.
Q. Would you like to give a word of advice to all the budding artists who are trying to make their mark through their art?
All I got to say is believe in yourself. Keep creating one day you will be happy for not giving up.
Q. What are your future plans for your page and profile? Are you happy with the way it has shaped up?
Oh, I’m soo happy and all I wanna do is make more people happy.
Q. Lastly, any word for our blog? Thank you for your time!
Thank you soo much for doing this and keep up the great work. So
much love to the whole team and wishing u all the success.
Thank you, Srihari, for taking out time to talk to us, and having such a wonderful conversation. Team WeekendTrivia loves your work and looks forward to your continuously bringing more happiness and sunshine on our feed. All the best <3