Hi! I’m Shyama (rhymes with llama and the Y is silent). My background is in oil painting and graphic design, but after a decade of working in the graphic and interactive design fields I’ve shifted more into the art side of things.
I still practice design when I get to incorporate my own illustrations, but primarily I work as an independent illustrator/artist. I’m based in Brooklyn, and I’ve also lived in Austin, San Francisco, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and a bunch of other cities in Texas where I’m from. Oils are my favorite medium, but recently I’ve found a method of working digitally on the iPad Pro which gives me the same look, and the advantage of being able to create seamless patterns and looping animations.
I’ve been commissioned by: The New York Times, Apple, Wired, Cosmopolitan, The Atlantic, The Undefeated, Fast Company, Washington Post, Texas Monthly Magazine, Red Bull Music Academy, LA Magazine, Penguin Random House, Chronicle Books, and many others.
If you’d like to get in touch, or need support for my iPhone Stickers, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org