I'm an artist, animator, author and a sci-fi nerd from the central hills of Sri Lanka. Su Vida is a short form of my name.
I'm a multimedia graduate, and I worked in animation/advertising for several years. During the pandemic, I worked for both local and international clients while developing my own IPs. My universe is made of quirky art, animation and speculative fiction stories.
When I'm not drawing, animating, volunteering or crafting stories, I usually geek out over anime, video games and funky science.
I graduated from MMU Malaysia in 2016. While developing my final year project, I worked as a 2D & 3D art intern at Sunrisez Entertainment (formerly Frogtale Studio) in Sunway City. This is an animation and game art studio, where I did storyboarding and 3D modeling/texturing for their animated series, Sam McHamm & the Kingdom of Foodoo.
After returning to Sri Lanka, I worked as a Digital Art Director at Wunderman Thompson in Colombo, where I produced digital art, 2D animation, character design and content for prominent clients such as Sri Lanka Telecom, Pepsi, Sri Lankan Airlines, Hatton National Bank and Sri Lanka Tourist Board.
In November 2018, I started working as the Creative Director (remote) of an environmental organization called The Food You Choose (TFYC), an offshoot of Food Frontier, both of which are based in Melbourne. TFYC worked with global companies like the Compass Group and supplied sustainable food to Australian universities, schools and other public institutions. I was in charge of branding, design and content creation, with original artwork and motion graphics animation.
Art & Animation
I like nonsense.
It wakes up the brain cells.
My imagination is powered by rock/epic music, dark chocolate and amazing science. As a lifelong otaku, I have devoured a massive range of stories and creative content. Some of my biggest influences:
・Disney, Studio Ghibli, Tim Burton
・Anime—mostly Naruto, Bleach and One Piece
・Indie games—Don't Starve Ori, Hollow Knight, Oxygen Not Included, Daedalic Games, Gris & Alice Madness Returns
Showcased below is a collection of my art, design and animation work. View the full portfolio on Behance.
| Short Story Anthology
| Short Story
I write YA speculative fiction—sci-fi, fantasy and horror. I love all three genres, but I tend to gravitate towards sci-fi. In fact, funky science plays a role in all of my stories.
My work also contains: quirky characters, Asian-ness, big worldbuilding, goth aesthetics, ace rep, platonic romance and elements from anime, video games and fairytales.
In January 2021, I posted Komoreby on Wattpad, and it was shortlisted for the Watty Awards 2022, as well as being featured on 22 official profiles on the platform, such as ScienceFiction, Anime and Multicultural.
Almost all of my second novel, Rhodoreef, was written on my phone due to the power cuts in my country (currently editing).
In October 2022, I joined Wattpad Creators, an invite-only program for content creators with high engagement. Under this program, I'm currently creating my third novel, Black Avatare—also written on a phone during power cuts. My stories are available free on Wattpad, both on web and mobile app (with audio).
fun · smart · anime-esque · quirky
Follow the adventures of heroines who are smart, whimsical and rebellious. They come with plant-based predilections and make heartwarming bonds. Ships, when they occur, are platonic by choice or ace (not talking about boats). I prefer third person in gaming, since I want to take a step back from the character—same goes for my writing, but with inner monologues.
Sci-Fi & Worldbuilding
I love delving into the mind-boggling possibilities of quantum physics, space/ocean exploration and technology, and I bring out social/eco themes that could do with a spotlight. So underneath the fun and fluff, there’s always something for the nerds and thinkers. As a big science nerd, I do extensive research and draw inspiration from diverse sources.
Plot & Pacing
Plots are medium-paced in order to develop my themes and characters. I build intricate plots and strive for artistic unity. Embedded in carefully-crafted plots and huge worlds are pop culture references, mythology, symbolism and Easter eggs—which the nerdy readers are likely to unearth.
Art & Design
Due to my art background, my speculative settings and characters are crafted with a touch of art direction. Expect rich imagery in scenes, outfits and the story world. I produce concept art whenever I can. The cover art and graphics are all original artwork produced by me (except for occasional AI visuals I've specified as so).
A high school story set in a glamorous, Asian eco-city.
Fun. Quirky. Romantic. Hard sci-fi meets shoujo manga!
Follow the tale of Evanna, a lonely gamer girl, who moves to a glamorous eco-city called Komoreby. Reunited with her childhood bestie at the prestigious Komoreby High, it's the adventure of her life.
When the very first day spirals to rock bottom, she thinks life can't get any worse—until a school tour of the city's gargantuan particle collider takes a bizarre turn. Now she's zipped to a parallel universe with draconian rules and warped versions of everyone. To find her way home, she must unravel the mystery while navigating a social web of potential friends, foes and a rocker guy she's relentlessly drawn to.
Shortlisted for the Watty Awards 2022
Featured on 22 official Wattpad profiles
Praise for Komoreby
Reviewers & Community Award Judges on Wattpad