Hi there! I am an illustrator and experimental animator based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. I am also an educator with a background in English studies. I have been teaching English and making art for almost a decade and my recent passion is to tell stories through animation.

I began animating for fun, using my study table and a stopmotion app on my mobile phone. Since then my animation experiments have won awards and been screened in Sri Lanka and abroad in various exhibitions and festivals.

Currently, I am working on an animated series titled Animate Her, supported by the British Council, which features a group of exceptional women living and working in Sri Lanka. Through modes of illustration, stopmotion and experimental animation the Animate Her series brings to life the stories of a marine biologist, a children’s author and illustrator, a lawyer and activist, a traditional dancer, an architect, and a CEO of her own ICT firm. Through my work I hope to show that here in Sri Lanka, we have our own heroines, with brown skin and dark hair, going to great lengths to excell at what they do.

Get in touch for commissions or just to say hello! 🙂

Children’s Book Illustration

Let’s Build Great Things, art class manual to be published in 2021
Rescue Mission, Written by A Pushparaj: Room to read (2018)
Short Stories from Thereabouts, Written by M.T.L. Ebell (2018)
Pestering Annie, Written by Marianne Johnpillai (2012)

Gallery Exhibitions and Animation Screening

Tricky Women/Tricky Realities Animation Festival, Austria (2021)
Rising Gardens Film Festival, New Delhi (2021)
Agenda14 Short Film Festival, Colombo (Green Award, Best Animated Film Award, 2020)
Women of the World- WOW Global24 Online Festival (2020)
Creating Heroines Pavilion, Women of the World Festival, Nepal (2019), Southbank Centre, London (2020)
One Hundred Thousand Small Tales, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Colombo (2019)
One Hundred Thousand Small Tales, Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh (2018)
Agenda14 Short Film Festival, Colombo (Best Animated Film Award, 2016)
Passion, Sapumal Foundation Gallery, Colombo (2012)


Email: irushi@irusdedoodles.com


MA English Studies – University of Colombo (2020)

Projects & Clients

British Council
Women of the World
Room to Read
Unicef Sri Lanka
Mil Ke Chai
Let’s Build Great Things
Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts


’83 – A Very Short Film, based on Black July of 1983 (2016)
Girl in the Rainwater Tree, funded British Council and Agenda14’s Female Filmmakers First Grant (2021)
The Animate Her Series, funded by British Council (2020)
+  Asha de vos on Studying Blue Whales
+  Amila de Mel on Archiving Architecture
+  Sybil Wettasinghe on the Umbrella Thief
+  Thaji Dias on Traditional Dance

Workshops and Guest Talks

Global Media Makers Creative Producing and Pitching Workshop (May 2021)
Room to Read Global Illustrators Online Workshop (Aug-Oct 2020)
Creating Heroines Regional Workshop for female artists (Kathmandu, Feb 2019)

“Storytelling through comics and sequence” at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Sri Lanka (January 2020)
“Stop-motion animation workshop” at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Sri Lanka (January 2020)
“Ocean Heroes Animation Workshop” marine themed workshop in collaboration with Dr. Asha De Vos of Oceanswell (February 2020)
“Stop-motion Animation Workshop” based on ’83 A Very Short Film conducted for the MENASA Film and New Media Students from the New York University in Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) (Colombo, 2018) 

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