Celebrating Role Models – Day 15

Illustrator and Graphic Designer, ISURI DAYARATNE

Sketchbooks, pumpkin-orange color pencils and a lot of silly looking puppets make me happy.

I didn’t realize I could draw or wanted to create a career out of illustration until it was long after I graduated from high school. At the time studying Math in high school seemed like a good idea, but somehow I couldn’t see it as something I would make a career out of. I finally decided to apply for art colleges and eventually packed my bags and traveled thousands of miles to an art college in Columbus, Ohio. It changed my life. Not only did it make me realize what I’m passionate about, but it also opened up a few doors to other avenues of art that I didn’t know was possible. Illustrating has basically taken over my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s only been 4 years now and I graduate in May with hopes of contributing my talent to the animation industry as a visual development artist.

I didn’t know I could draw for the longest time before I came to art college. Talent gets suppressed with our day to day conventional lifestyle. Sometimes you have to take a risk and set out to do what you believe in. At the end of the day all you need is passion and a loving support system to see things through. I think we all should do what we love, even if it takes a bit of time and effort to get there.

As Mr. Lightyear would say, to infinity… and beyond.

Photograph by Nathan Moser

You can find more of Isuri’s work at http://artofsuri.blogspot.com/


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