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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three of us

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”

 

 

newworldweb

“New world”

noworriesweb

 

“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!

Jan
05

happy new year + sale

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we spent the holidays withfamily and i drew a bit in my sketch book. at the beginning of the yeari like think about my goals and this year i want to draw more comics.

meanwhile, there’s a big sale on zazzle – 40% off canvas prints and 15% off mugs with the codeZNEWYEAR2016

happy, happy new year!

Dec
29

cinque terre

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this year we used points and savings to take a dream trip to italy. the hubbahubba’s family traces back there. the highlight of the trip was our week in cinque terre – enjoying limoncello and the beautiful views. we went to a small town in the region that was his great grandmother’s home and i watched him have the experience of belonging that i had when i went to india as an adult. since then life has been busy but i’ve wanted to draw this for months. i’m so happy that i could complete this before the year’s end!

happy, happy new year ^_^

Dec
23

cocoa and cookies

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cooaandcookies happy holidays, everyday lovers!

Dec
18

fight to love

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I had the pleasure of creating this wood burning for a couple who met while protesting. I’m rarely happy with what I create but as I finished this piece (my first commissioned wood burning!) I fell in love with it! I ALMOST kept it for myself^_^ I love commissions because they push me to create new things with new stories.

Part of the reason I didn’t want to give this up is that their story was so sweet – so to you two, happy anniversary! May you keep loving and keep fighting! <3

p.s.today is the last day toorder‬and receive it before xmas (US orders)! select priority‪‎mail‬on check out!

Dec
17

warmly

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This is an older illustration but it makes me feel warm (it’s so cold today)! The holidays have been very busy around here ^_^ I will be doing my last live drawing at our Stonestown Galleriapop-up this Sunday from 12p-4pm. If you’re in San Francisco, come by for a custom piece – slots fill up fast, so come early!

Happy Thursday!

Dec
15

in search of snow

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i’ve been swamped with holiday commissions, ourmall pop upandpashminapages! but i wanted to share this older illustration that i love – i remember as i drew, thinking about climbing on the roof of our car and waiting for snow… with penguins (of course).
hope you’re having a happy week ^_^
Dec
09

happy people

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livedrawing I had the pleasure of drawing some happy people over the weekend. It was my first time attempting live drawing and I’m so happy it was a success! We openedour holiday pop up at Stonestown Galleriaon Monday! Our kiosk will be open until December 27th and I will be there this Saturday live drawing!

For online ordering, please order by December 15th to receive your packageby Christmas with standard shipping. For priority mail, the deadline is Dec 21st. Also, we’ve reduced the price on our necklaces!

Happy Wednesday!

Dec
07

what’s in a page?

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pg1a I am working diligently on Pashmina. As I completethe final art, I feel challenged and discover new ways to communicate the story through art andwords. Even at this stage of final art I continue to learn and edit. The evolution of a graphic novel is excruciating but also wonderful. I cannot believe how far I’ve come in what seems like a short time – although I’ve been working on this book for 3 years now. The above page was in thepitch to publishers. Originally page 1 wasan establishing shot of Priyanka’s home. pg1b After a few manuscript revisions, page 1 was her school for a brief moment, until I settled on a driving scene. I trieda “soft opening” which includeda series of shots of Priyanka enjoying driving – hand out the car window, wind in her hair, listening to music. I wanted to contrast her feelings of freedomwith her worried mother and end it with her mom yelling, “PRIYANKA”. pg1c After one of many long conversations with my editor he made the comment that it’s better to start with action. I thought about that and shifted the panels. I began with her mom yelling and it felt right. Instead of an establishing shot, a soft flowing opening, we dive into STORY and their relationship. My editor suggested that I think about how my characters hands can look more natural, and to act out what my characters are doing. For months during the thumbnail process I would walk around our apartment saying lines and acting. Nick would giggle at me as I repeated some lines over and over trying to put myself mentally in the moment. While working on the story and revisionsI was thinking about Pashmina so much that it felt like Priyanka and her family wereliving with us. And in many ways, they still are. pg1d Finally I settled on the right hand placement and after thumbnailing the entire book for roughly a year (which included many revisions small and large) I started on final art earlier this year. As I looked back on the pitches, I thought, “Wow! So much goes into just one page!” I’ve always wanted to make a graphic novel but I never realized the amount of work it takes to visually communicate a long form story. From panelling, character design and acting to story development, line work and shading (and color!) it exercisesevery creative muscle – and I love it more and more every day!

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Dec
03

live drawing

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i’m super excited (and a little nervous) to announce that i will be live drawing this saturday from 11-3p at urban bazaar for their annual vagabond craft fair! i will take custom requests on a first come, first serve basis that day only. i created the above drawing with brush pen and color pencil as a sample ^_^

also my zazzle shop has many great sales today including 50% off canvas printsandphone cases with the code ZAZWEEKSALES.

thanks!

Nov
30

holiday sale

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enjoy 20% off everything on our website, including the calendar, prints, cards and originals with the code: LETITSNOW until wednesday!

happy, happy holidays!

Nov
25

ray of light

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Nov
23

fly with me + etsy craft show

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flywithmeWe will be vending at the Etsy Indie Emporium this weekend at Pier 35 in San Francisco. If you’re around come by to shop over 150 local artists for your holiday season.

I hope you have a happy holiday week!

Nov
17

it takes love

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i rarelytalk about it but i had a traumatic childhood. my family was dysfunctional and i was buried beneath layers of abuse. i blamed them, i blamed myself and i blamed the world.i was angry. i carried my anger with me everywhere and fought my way through my young adult life.

and then i found love.

it wasn’t easy. i was accustomedto fighting, so i fought the love. my love then (who is my love now) kept strong for years and showed me that our love was better. better than anger, better than pain, and full of brightness. i forgave my family. i stopped carrying that darkness with me and ever since my life has been lighter, warmer and simpler.

i am overwhelmed by the violence, fear and hate raging through our world. it would be easy for us to continue down the path of anger. retaliation. ragefeeds rage. the problems we have are not simple and the path to love isn’t easy. change isn’t easy. i knowfrom my own experience that love can heal. it can be as little as a kind gesture during your morning commute or volunteering your time. if we took a moment everyday to add love into our world maybe we could chip away at the anger. it won’t be easy all the time and it may take years.

but i believe a world full of love is worth the work and the wait.