marin comics fest

I will be speaking and signing copies of PASHMINA in San Raphael tomorrow for the Marin Comics Fest.

I hope to see you there!

Also we’ve added more gifts to our shop ^_^ I hope you have a lovely week.

 

catching love + phone cases and mugs

Also we’ve added phone cases and mugs to the shop! We’ll keep growing this section along with the pillows and totes.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

i will be fierce + more

The cover for our forthcoming picture book, I WILL BE FIERCE, written by Bea Birdsong and illustrated by me is out! The book will be available May 2019.

Meanwhile my schedule for New York Comicon is shaping up, I will be speaking on a few panels as well as participating in a stellar group signing at Books of Wonder on Friday October 5th. I will be with Luke Pearson, Kazu Kibuishi, Molly Ostertag and many more. Find all the details here.

And lastly I’m happy to share that we’ve added all over print pillows and totes to the site! They’re great quality and made in the USA.

I hope you have a great week!

sf zine fest

The San Francisco Zine Fest is this Sunday. As the guest of honor (!!) I was invited to create the poster and the limited edition tee. I’m super happy with the tee and can’t wait to grab one!

I will also be doing a live reading at the San Francisco Public Library tonight in partnership with the zinefest.

I hope to see you either tonight or Sunday in the city!

Have a lovely week.

surprised

When I did the art for good challenge, many people sent ideas. My friend Briana, who owned Urban Bazaar in San Francisco (which was the first shop to carry my prints) asked me to draw a protester. She’s one of my favorite people, dedicated to good and a model for how to be intentional with your choices. When I got her request I decided to surprise her and drew her and her daughters protesting.

In turn, she surprised me by sharing her newest tattoo (!!!)

It’s my honor to do what I do and be surrounded by people like Briana. She lives far away now, but I’m so happy the distance hasn’t reduced our closeness – and this makes me feel even closer to her.

I hope you have a lovely day!

disney weekend

Catch me for my last Disney appearance this Saturday and Sunday. Both days I will be at Wonderground Gallery in Downtown Disney from 11-1p and Rushing River in California Adventure from 2-4 performing live wood burnings. I hope to see you there!

Out first family ride

Two new illustrations were released this weekend with Disney. Both were inspired by my daughter – her first ride and her love of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. I think of the Small World ride as my family’s first experience with representation. We immigrated in the 80s to Southern California and inside Disneyland we found ourselves reflected in these adorable dolls from India. Each time we went on the ride I would watch my mom point and happily sing along, feeling in that moment that we were welcome. I can only hope that the message and beauty of that idea will prevail. Small world will always have a special place in my heart because of that experience with my mom. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to create this piece. Drawing the dolls in front of the clock was my absolute favorite part!

If you are in Downtown Disney, you can find this piece in the Wonderground Gallery. I will be there signing on July 21, 28 and 29 from 11-1pm. I will also be performing live wood burnings the last weekend at Rushin’ River Outfitters inside California Adventure. This past weekend I created owls and a lynx, both original, one of a kind and available there for $125.

If you can’t make it to Disney can take orders via email at: merchandise.guest.services@disneyparks.com  or by telephone at: 877-560-6477.  Just let Mail Order know that you’re interested in the Nidhi Chanani artwork from WonderGround Gallery West and they would be happy to let you know if it’s currently available. Please be patient as they do take a bit to reply.

I hope you have a good week!

thank you

Thank you for your ideas, messages and support. There are still drawings available here. For awhile I thought I was bananas for committing to 100 drawings as my hands began to ache and I fought a headache all day. Your love pushed me through.

We’ve raised $3,600 thus far. Thank you for committing your support to help immigrant families.

Art matters, it’s light in the darkness.

Keep fighting, keep resisting.

drawing all day!

    

I’m drawing all day to raise money and fight the inhumane treatment of immigrants.

This will be my only update because I have A LOT of drawing to do in order to hit 100. I’ll probably draw all night – if you want to follow along on twitter or instagram stories, that’s where I update regularly. Folks have already supported and I thank you. You can find all the available drawings as they’re made here.

Keep fighting, keep resisting.

art for good 100 drawing challenge

woman holding diwali diya drawing by nidhi chananicold comforts inktober drawing by nidhi chanani

I could let the ocean of bad news swallow me whole. My toes, ankles and knees are submerged. I keep my body up and dry with art. Art is my raft and although it cannot save me from everything, it gives me hope. As more human rights are stripped away by a callous government I am desperate for hope.
Tomorrow, June 28th, I will attempt to create 100 original drawings in a day to raise money for charity similar to the ink drawings above, made in 2016. I am placing my work obligations on hold because resisting and connecting is far more important. Each drawing will be available for sale and every dollar of the sale (less shipping) will be donated here. In order to do this I set a few parameters – each drawing will be in black ink with gold and red embellishments. Each will have a character plus something (animal, object, etc). They will not be named but numbered. Each drawing will be posted immediately, with the help of my office manager Nickole, here.
Lastly, I will take suggestions. Email, tweet or comment and I will do my best to create based on your suggestions. I will need your help. I will post process, WIPs, and perhaps even some live videos on instagram.
I need to create art. I need to build a raft of hope with you.
Let’s fight the good fight together.