About

Hello and thanks for visiting! I am an illustrator and experimental animator based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. I am also an educator with a background in English studies and presently teach at the University of Colombo. I have been teaching English and making art for almost a decade and my recent interests include telling stories through animation, and understanding the role of the arts in education.

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. I have also facilitated several workshops and guest talks where I have shared from my experiences of being a self-taught illustrator and animator.

Currently, I am working with a talented team 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, facilitating a workshop 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: Vijitha Yapa Publishers (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)

Contact

Email: irushi@irusdedoodles.com

Education

MA English Studies – University of Colombo (2020)

Projects & Clients

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

Animation

’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

Participated:
Global Media Makers Creative Producing and Pitching Virtual Workshop (May 2021)
Room to Read Global Illustrators Online Workshop (Aug-Oct 2020)
British Council ‘Creating Heroines’ International Residency and Workshop for female artists, facilitated by Dr. Nicola Streeten (Kathmandu, Nepal, Feb 2019)

Facilitated:
“Connecting to History Through Graphic Novels” organised by Historical Dialogue.lk and EuroClio – the European Association of History Educators (September 2021)
“Drawing Life Through Comics” virtual workshop organised by the Geoffrey Bawa Trust (July 2021)
“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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