May
24

baby slice

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we traveled to new york when our daughter was 3 months old. i worked and the hubbahubba was on daddy duty. one day his goal was to find a dollar slice. he described that day to me as the quintessential new york experience. 8 months later i had a chance to draw it.

happy birthday, my love!

May
20

grandma day

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grandma today is my mother-in-law’s birthday. she’s an incredible person. she gives everyone the benefit of the doubt – even if they’re obviously wrong. i’ve learned so much by observing who she is, how she accepts people and her positive attitude. being part of her family feels like a gift. she’s aretired pre-school teacher.she has hundreds of songs memorized, knowledge about great books and activities to do with children and an open, loving heart. when our baby spends time with her we joke that it’s pre pre-school. i’m so happy that her influence is all around. happy birthday, grandma! <3

May
19

spring show sunday

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I will be vending this Sunday at the SF Etsy Spring Show this Sunday at All Good Pizza in San Francisco. If you’re around please come by – and if I see you or don’t, I hope you have a relaxing weekend!

May
07

love in reach

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For the daughters who have difficult relationships with their moms,for those who never had a loving mom, for the women who are cat moms,dog moms, office moms, for those that are moms of one, two, or seven -tired, under slept and overextended, for those who tried and tried tobecome a mom but couldn’t, for those who had a being to care for andlost them but never stopped being “mom”, and for those who will neverpursue motherhood and that’s just fine… for all those women Ithought of you as this image came to me one night.

Love comes in many forms. I truly believe it is all around us. Sowhether you are celebrating mother’s day or tucking yourself in the
covers and staying away from social media – I wish you a wonderfulweekend, surrounded by the love that’s within reach.

<3

May
04

the white house

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13177129_1092018100840325_5635508427522600101_n I am thrilledto be among the Asian American Pacific Islanderartists on display at the White House.My illustration,Champions of Change will be on view for the month of May. They asked me to write a bit about the piece, and this is what is printed beside it. “When I was honored as a White House Champion of Change in 2012, I thought about the ultimate champions – President Obama and the First Lady. They inspire me not only with their steadfast commitment to change, but also (and perhaps more importantly) with their love for each other and this country. As I thought of them, I imagined them climbing a giant tree with champagne and music and sharing a dance.” – Nidhi Chanani championsofchange

Apr
28

mother’s day sale

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momdaysale We’re having a sale through Monday. Enjoy 15% off our entire shop and order in time to get your gift for Mother’s Day! Meanwhile, Iwill be at Trickster in Berkeley for aMother’s day live drawingevent on April 30th. If you’d like a custom drawing for mother’s day or just because, come by with a photo (on your phone is fine). Limited number of slots will be available. Have a happy weekend!

Apr
22

shelter owls + zazzle + live drawing

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It’s a cozy rainy day here. I haven’t created any new illustrations because I’m pushing forward on Pashmina. I am producing 2-3 pages a day. It may seem like I’m not drawing but I’m drawing more than ever before! My deadline for completion is approaching. The book won’t be available until Fall of next year but I willcomplete it this summer. My publisher will then haveample time for corrections, production and of course marketing! I thought as I got closer I would feel calmer, but I just feel more nervous! I still have a good stretch to wait, so hopefully mynerveswill subside.

Meanwhile, we’ve updated our zazzle shop with loads of products. We have phone cases, wallet cases, kindle and ipad covers, pillows (!), mugs and more. They’re having a 22% off sale today only for all orders, use the codeLUVOURPLANET.

Also I will be at Trickster in Berkeley for a Mother’s day live drawing event on April 30th. If you’d like a custom drawing for mother’s day or just because, come by with a photo (on your phone is fine). Limited number of slots will be available.

That’s all from me! Back to producing pages ^_^

Mar
22

pikes sunset

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I will be in Los Angeles this weekend for Wondercon with my friend and talented jewelry maker Faheema of Unicorn Crafts.

A week later I will return to Seattle for the fourth year exhibiting atEmerald City Comiconwith my friend and talented sculptor, Lyla of Little Brigade.I love Seattle and even though it’s very touristy, I love Pike’s market.

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If you’re in Los Angeles or Seattle I hope to see you! I will have a limited number of live drawing slots available each day, so if you’d like to get a customsketch by me, come by with a photo! ^_^

Have a wonderful week!

Mar
09

first family vacation

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we went on our first family vacation. it was equal parts rough and relaxing. traveling with baby was fine, but being hotel bound while baby napped with beautiful hawaii right outside the door was hard! i made the best of nap time by drawing (in the dark!) and even though we didn’t spend enough time in the pool or the ocean, it was hard to leave!

Feb
26

swing swing

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My Disney feature closes this weekend. I will be signingthis Saturday and Sunday from 2-5pm at Wonderground Galleryin theDowntown DisneyDistrict.Parking fees apply.

Have a lovely weekend!

Feb
24

first second celebrates 10 years

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My publisher, First Second, is celebrating 10 years of making books. I first encountered them as an attendee at San Diego Comic-Con in 2009. I remember finding Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese, and how deeply it impacted me. It shifted my ideas of what comics could be. I’ve picked up a few of First Second’s books every year since, as a fellow exhibitor in San Diego.

I created this comic to illustrate how I see myself in each of their titles – and it was hard to narrow it down! I didn’t get to include This One Summer, Three Shadows, Same Difference, Battling Boy, Sailor Twain, Sumo, The Undertaking of Lily Chen…agh! I love them all!

As I wrote my forthcoming graphic novel, Pashmina, I had First Second on my mind. Their titles are diverse and literary. When my agent asked me about pitching, I told her that if First Second bought my book, I would be ecstatic… and I still am!
Thank you and congrats, First Second, for 10 years of publishing wonderful books. I am so happy to be part of your family of authors!
#10yearsof01
Feb
16

night bakers

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My friend Angela and I were talking about the busyness of parent life. As she was talking, she had the epiphany that we spend most our day saying NO to ourselves: no sleeping in, no time for a run, no time to shower, no time to read a novel… but when it comes to snacks and treats its an easy way we can say YES. It may not be the healthiest but we embrace these small moments where we can allow ourselves pleasure.

So last week the hubbahubba and I relished our two hours before bed, when baby was asleep, and we baked.

Feb
14

happy valentine’s day

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I granted permission to the Brightside to minimally animate my illustrations – it turned out beautifully! Happy Valentine’s day!

Feb
09

the shade of your love + live drawing

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The hubbahubba was looking through my files and came across this custom illustrationfrom 2014 and he exclaimed “Hey, I’ve never seen this!” I forgot to share it soI am sharing it now ^_^ This couple wereengaged under a very unique treeand they wanted me to capture it. As with all commissions, I felt honored to work on something so meaningful.

Our zazzle shop is having a wonderful 50% canvas print sale with the code:ZAZZARTGIFTS the sale ends02/11/2016 11:59 PM PST!

Also! I will be live drawing this Saturday for valentine’s day at Modern Mouse in Alameda. More info here! Hope to see you there ^_^

Feb
05

new world and sales!

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We’re off to Southern California tomorrow for the release of this Aladdin art andtwo others(Lion King and Lilo & Stitch). If you can’t make it to Downtown Disney you can purchase the piecesvia email at:merchandise.guest.services@disneyparks.comor by telephone at: 877-560-6477. Just let Mail Order know that they are interested in the Nidhi Chanani Disney artwork from WonderGround Gallery West and they would be happy to let you know if the items are currently available.
Meanwhile today is the last day of ourshopsale – enjoy 15% off with the code LOVEBUG
And until February 8th you can take 60% off phone cases in myZazzleshop with the code BRADSDEALS60
Okay – time to pack! Have a great weekend!
Feb
03

rock with you + sale

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rockwithyou we’re having a valentine’s day sale on our shop - 15% off til friday with the code: LOVEBUG have a great day!

Feb
02

hourly comics 2016

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I participated for the first time in hourly comics yesterday. It’s an annual event where anyone can share a comic snapshot of their life. The goal is to draw a comic every hour! It was fun and challenging. I started the day off taking care of our daughter so that Nick could take a phone interview and ended in San Francisco with artists friends in our sketch group. I posted them “live” as I went along on social media and this morning I scanned them all to share with you!

Have a lovely Tuesday!

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Jan
28

day in, day out

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dayindayout This year my art goal is more comics! In between nap time, bath time, play time, cooking and working on PashminaI’ve been drawing some comics in my sketch book. ^_^

Jan
25

nani

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happy birthday to my mom – her first as nani chanani! ^_^

Jan
22

good housekeeping

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I am in this month’sGood Housekeeping magazine. In the almost 6 years I’ve been working as a full-time artist I’ve never been in print. I have been rejected countless times by blogs, magazines, stores, etc. At first it would really hurt. After awhile I got used to the rejection and took it as par for the course, because it is. My work isn’t the right fit for every store, every blog or every magazine. In fact my work has the funniest (to me) accusations of being: too colorful, too whimsical, too kid-friendly. I’ve worked hard to develop my own style (and I’m still learning every day) and I won’t change who I am or my work to fit into someone else’s idea of art.
After years creating original art (not fan art), learning how to make a living creating art that represents the underrepresented, failing, late night marketingemails, doubting myself CONSTANTLY, attending workshops, reading books on artistic process, approaching shops in person to carry my prints, being rejected, working, working working… yesterdayI walked into a bookstore and picked up a NATIONAL magazine with my work inside. I cannot put into words how this makes me feel. If you’re around a newsstand, please check it out ^_^
I hope you have a lovely weekend ^_^
Jan
18

book dream boy

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I don’t usually do two versions of the same illustration – but I really wanted to do this one!

Remembering MLK today, I share his words “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

Have a great week!

Jan
14

disney in february

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I am thrilled to announce that I have beeninvited back for anartist showcase at WonderGround Galleryin theDowntown DisneyDistrict at theDisneylandResort,February 6-7andFebruary 27-28, from2 5 p.m.each day. Parking fees apply. The piece above “Three of us” will be one of the many prints I will have there. If you’re in Southern California, I hope to see you there! ^_^

I was also asked to create 3 new Disney pieces and I’m so excited to share them with you here! The Disney pieces will release on February 6 along with new work from Eunjung June Kim and Jerrod Maruyama. More informationhere.

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“Hawaiian roller coaster”

 

 

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“New world”

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“No worries”

Jan
12

pashmina helper

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we’ve been fighting the family cold, so progress on pashmina has been slow. but i had a cute helper while working on pages yesterday!

Jan
11

heroes

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A quick 20 minute sketch remembering Bowie today.

Jan
07

cooking with you

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nidhi-chananiprocess Cooking with you I recently did a set of commissions and loved how thehubby described their cooking sessions – he made the food while she snatched samples along the way! Ive been asked about my process for awhile so I thought I would create a short gif to give some insight. I begin in flash with a line drawing, then I draw over that with solid color. I export my flash file in layers to photoshop and add shadows, lighting and adjust the colors.I hope you have a happy week!