‘I didn’t study art but I’ve always loved drawing. It’s one hobby that really stuck through. I’m a self taught artist. I’m the brain, heart, sweat and soul behind my brand, @doodleodrama . I was in college when I came up with this name as I was doodling about life’s drama and the issues that I can closely relate to.
I started doodling full time in 2016. Prior to that, I worked 3 different jobs as an editor, copy writer, and client executive. I’d been putting up work on social media since long, therefore, I already had an online presence. So getting gigs wasn’t that tough when I made the decision to draw for a living, full time. I’ve been very blessed as I never had to go looking for clients. Having pursued very demanding jobs prior to quitting, helped me understand the value of having a routine. Although I freelance now, I still maintain a routine; never work in pyjamas, never work in bed, and take weekends off.
Most of my work revolves around what it is like to be a woman in our society. I chose not to live in a bubble and draw only happy things. Through my work, I pick up topics that I feel strongly about or feel the need to add my two cents to. I sensitise people to things like violence and everyday sexism.
Besides breaking the silence on the patriarchal bias, my artwork talks about body shaming, feminism, marital rape, and colour politics. I urge people to see beyond skin, colour and shape. As women most of us have been objectified. I’m just trying to normalise things; tell people that breasts are a part of the human female anatomy, just like stretch marks, cellulite, and spots and blemishes.
My everyday wins are the messages I get from people telling me; I either made their day or helped lend a new perspective on things or just made someone feel not alone. Most importantly, I love drawing. And in the process the unlearning & learning.’ said Mounica Tata