Rames Harikrishnasamy is a Digital Artist born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Why are you an Illustrator/Digital Artist?
It’s all because of my passion towards it. I’ve always love design back in school but wasn’t giving so much of attention to it until I realised it much later.
Did you attend school for fine art or design?
No, I did not. I graduated in BSc. (HONS) in Applied Business Computing. Whatever knowledge I know about Photoshop and other designing tools were self taught.
You have a distinct style of illustration. How long did it take you to develop your style?
It started of when I use Photoshop to transform myself to superheroes such as Superman, Ironman, Green Lantern etc. I’ve spent more than 2 years just doing this and then realised that I need to do something new as a signature artwork. That’s when I found out about photo manipulation and start venturing towards it.
Were there any particular role models for you when you grew up?
To tell you the truth I have no particular ones that I follow as role models. I will always try to learn something new compared to yesterday to improvised myself. That’s the only way for me to get better each day.
Who was the most influential personality on your career in art?
My dad who have been always pushing me to move forward and keep advising me to think positively in no matter what I do (career/relationship)
What made you decide to become a freelance artist? When did you start freelancing? Do you illustrate for advertising?
It gives me the freedom to choose any client I want to work with. I start freelancing when I was 25 (I am 37 now). I’ve done various types of manipulation for many clients such as arch entrance, movie posters and cd album covers.
Are many advertising agencies getting illustrations made these days? Do you work more with agencies or publishers?
I use to work with many agencies which allow me to use my expertise. Most of them gave me the freedom to solve their problem. I just need to create concept sketches to convince them that the artwork that I about to design will meet their expectations.
Was there any time when you wanted to quit digital art?
Never. Not until my last breathe 🙂
Have you considered turning your digital art into web series?
Yes and it’s already in work in progress. Right now I’m using my Instagram (@ramesstudios) to showcase my digital artwork and I’ve also expanded it to Etsy to sell some of my artwork to those who’re interested in purchasing it.
Any other Indian Illustrators/artists who you admire?
I really like those artists who paint all those murals in the temples. They have so much of talent and patience!
Do you have any favorite fellow illustrators/artists or resources relating to your fields?
I do follow some artists and I find that they have quite a unique style. Particularly @leandrofranci and @ryan_meinerding_art. Resources wise, I usually get my stock images from sources such as DeviantArt, Shutterstock and Adobe Stock.
You have such a wide experience as a top working professional. What advice do you have for aspiring creative professionals? Would you advise them to take on Illustration as a career option? Is it paying well enough?
Definitely YES. Payment has been always an issue. It’s how you market yourself. Customer/ Client will eventually pay if you share with them the process and the effort taken to create such artworks. My only advice is don’t even give up. It’s challenging in the beginning, but as time goes by your experience will help you a lot.
Whats your dream project?
To do exhibition of my mythological artworks in a temple in North/South India. I really hope it comes true one day.
Mac or PC?
Who would you like to take out for dinner?
My Wife 🙂
What’s on your iPod?
Various types of music. AR.Rahman and Ilayarajaa hits, Michael Buble, Coldplay, Walter Mitty O.S.T. I also like flute instrument musics.
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