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 ^_^
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:email@example.com 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!
we’re having a valentine’s day sale on our shop - 15% off til friday with the code: LOVEBUG have a great day!
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. ^_^
happy birthday to my mom – her first as nani chanani! ^_^
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!
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.
“Hawaiian roller coaster”
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!
A quick 20 minute sketch remembering Bowie today.
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!
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!
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 ^_^
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
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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!
i’ve been swamped with holiday commissions
, ourmall pop up
pages! 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 ^_^
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!
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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. 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”. 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. 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!
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.
enjoy 20% off everything on our website, including the calendar, prints, cards and originals with the code: LETITSNOW until wednesday!
happy, happy holidays!
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.