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Techies find the perfect balance between their passion and profession
Not many know that paintings of yesteryear actors Prem Nazir and Sathyan on the compound wall along Manaveeyam Veedhi were done by four employees of Technopark – Rony M Peter, Kishore Krishnan, John Mathew Panicker and Santosh Kumar. The wall art at Muffin House cafe’s outlets at Ambalathara and Kesavadasapuram were done by Technopark employee Vishnu Balal. Similarly, Narayanan Thevannur and Jyothish Kumar, working at the IT hub, also draw inspiration from art, with their cartoons appearing regularly in Malayalam dailies and magazines.
There are many employees in Technopark who strike a fine balance between their profession and their passion. And art is a major attraction, with several painters, caricaturists and cartoonists honing their talent even when they are climbing corporate ladders. A few among them are professionals in the field, while others take to social media to showcase their art and others keep it within their friends’ circles.
Renjith Gopinath, an employee with Toonz Animation for the last 17 years, is sought-after to make caricatures [of guests] at in-house functions and at events at the IT hub. “I have done over 1,500 caricatures, including those of foreigners who visit Technopark. This is not an extension of my job at Toonz. There, I work according to the script or the vision of the director. But a caricature is my own perspective and I thoroughly enjoy the process. It feels good when my ‘subjects’ appreciate what I have done,” he says. Actors, politicians, cultural icons, sportspersons and the like have all been sketched by him.
It was his association with Manaveeyam Theruvorakoottam that saw Rony decorating the walls of Manaveeyam Veedhi, the city’s cultural corridor. A graphic designer with DeviceDriven, he also does sketching, calligraphy and illustrations. His works adorn religious institutions, schools (UP School, Karyavattam) and restaurants (Poomaram at Akkulam).
According to Vishnu, a show director at Toonz, wall art and doodling give him creative freedom as these works are not client- or target-oriented. “Some clients have little idea about wall art and leave everything to me,” laughs Vishnu.
He has designed the interiors of houses and restaurants, and makes doodles on shoes and mobile covers. “People place orders after seeing my Instagram page. Sometimes, I frame my doodles and send it to the client. My weekends and holidays are devoted to these assignments. I take leave when I have to travel to do wall art in places outside Thiruvananthapuram,” he says.
For Narayanan, an employee with Aries Epica, cartooning has been a childhood passion and, having won prizes during his student days, he never wanted to stop using his pencil. “A cartoon is the best way to convey your stand on any issue. Although I have been trained as a painter, I enjoy being a cartoonist. A cartoon is my creation — the thought, drawings, handwriting, colouring….,” Narayanan says.
He ran a cartoon column, ‘Techno Toons’, in the city supplement of a Malayalam daily for four years. Narayanan plans to hold an exhibition of his cartoons soon.
Jyothish, design lead with RM Education Solutions Pvt Ltd, is also a prolific cartoonist. Although he restricts it to his Facebook page as of now, he posts his works almost on a daily basis. “There is no dearth for topics in the current scenario. Satire is always the best way to make people think as well as laugh,” says Jyothish.
He is a caricaturist and painter as well and often draws caricatures as gifts for his colleagues and in-house events. Two years ago, he exhibited his paintings along with his friends in Kochi.
Suvindas E is also in demand among his friends to make caricatures. “They are often gift options at weddings,” says Suvin, an employee with QuEST Global.
He is into cartooning, sketching and painting and is now learning coffee painting. “I picked up coffee painting from YouTube tutorials and gifted a coffee portrait to my friend on his birthday,” says Suvin.