“I have always found that getting proportions exact is a bit difficult working at large scale, and you need to keep in mind that colours should contrast to be visible at further distances, which is why I tend to use bold black outlines. When working on paper, you can really concentrate on minute details, but when painting a mural you have to remember that it’s more about the initial impression, the impact.”
Ruwangi Amarasinghe, 29, is a freelance illustrator, artist and muralist living and working in Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Though she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the Academy of Design in Colombo, her work has since been mainly focused on illustration and painting. She inherited and honed her skills from her diversely artistic family. She has recently been taking commissions for large-scale canvas paintings, but her mural work can be seen around the country at various restaurants and cafes. She is known for using vibrant colours and a unique style in her murals.