Nidhi Chanani is a freelance illustrator, cartoonist and writer. After completing her undergrad literature degree at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Nidhi pursued a career in non-profits. The desire to draw kept pulling her away and in 2008 she enrolled in art school (only to drop out a year later). In 2009 she began completing one illustration every day of the week. She called this Every Day Love and developed her narrative style and voice with three years of daily practice. This launched her art career and business.
Born in Calcutta and raised in suburban southern California, Nidhi creates because it makes her happy – with the hope that it can make others happy, too. In April of 2012 she was honored by the Obama Administration as a Champion of Change.
Her debut graphic novel, Pashmina (First Second/Macmillan), released in fall 2017. It received starred reviews in the School Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, and was reviewed in the New York Times. Pashmina was a Junior Library Guild selection, Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2017, Texas Maverick Graphic Novel 2017, Northern California Indie Bookseller Association Long-List Title and a YALSA Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens. In March of 2019, the film adaptation of Pashmina with Netflix was announced. Gurinder Chadha (Bend it like Beckham, Blinded by the Light) is set to direct.
Her media appearances include PBS, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and BBC Radio. Her work has been featured on NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, the Women’s March, My Modern Met and India Times. Nidhi is frequently a featured artist with Disney Parks. Her non-fiction comics have appeared in the Nib. Everyday Love Art prints and cards are sold in retail shops throughout California.
When she isn’t drawing Nidhi enjoys cooking, snorkeling and traveling with her husband and kid. She lives with them and two cats in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Nickole is a recent graduate from University of California Davis with a bachelor’s degree in Art Studio. What Nickole loves about art is that it can be a personal outlet as well as a way to communicate and connect with others.
Role: Organizing office space, maintaining supplies, preparing for shows, sales associate, customer service, shipping and handling merchandise, and occasional cat feeder
Fave place in San Francisco: The lovely Yerba Buena Gardens because it’s peaceful and has great artwork
How do you add love to your everyday: Spending quality time with those that make me happy 🙂
If you were an animal: A mix of a Pegasus and a unicorn…and a sloth… and an alpaca… and a cat…In other words, a Pegaunilothacat