This article appeared in the Times of India Hyderabad on Oct 14, 2012. Read the original article here.
Back from the Comic Con Express at Bangalore, Ramya Sriram, a city girl who specialises in stick art, is all set to expand her horizons
An engineer-turnedcartoonist and now working in a publishing house by day, city girl Ramya Sriram sure takes her stick figures seriously. In fact, the 23-yearold’s simple and minimalistic stick art, that depict everything from her witty observations on life to caricatures of popular artists such as Jimi Hendrix, are all set to leave the confines of her Facebook page and website and feature in quirky merchandise. Ramya says that it wasn’t until she attended the national comic convention in Bangalore that she thought of merchandising her art.
Even though she had started getting individual assignments after people noticed her comic strip in a local magazine. “I started getting a lot of requests to make wedding and birthday cards and printed items such as coasters. It was then that I realised that it might be a good thing to take my hobby a little more seriously,” she says.
Her stint at Comic con opened new doors for her. “It was a good testing ground for me. Before this, I wasn’t into merchandisi n g . But after the res p o n s e from the people, I was inspired. Many people who saw my work at the Comic Con event, suggested that they would love to see stick figure bobble heads as well,” says Ramya, who describes her experience at the weeklong festival as “awesome”.
“I got to interact with several artists and designers from across the country. It was a brilliant platform where a variety of art was show – cased — from minimalistic to detailed work and caricatures to comics books too,” she adds. So what else is on the cards? “Right now, I’m completely focused on the merchandise and my website. I’m also likely to attend the main Comic Con event that happens in Delhi in 2013.”