Frequently Asked Questions

What is everyday love?

Everyday Love is the art of Nidhi Chanani. When I decided to pursue art, I wanted to make people happy. I began to create an illustration every day and share it with friends and family, and I called it everyday love. I drew from the moments in each day that inspired me, whether a hug from a kitty, message from my love or exchange with a friend. In a society that is inundated with attention diverting content I wanted to remind myself and others of the beauty and love in front of us.

Copyright Information

The use of Nidhi Chanani’s work without prior authorization is strictly prohibited. You must obtain permission or inquire about usage fees. Please email info@everydayloveart.com and describe the intended use, a link to the blog/website/company and as much other information as possible. We will reply within 5-7 business days.

Modifying, editing or otherwise changing my artwork is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, adding text to my illustrations either on the illustration or combining my illustrations with text, changing or altering the illustration or representing the illustration in any other way than as it was originally posted or shared. In addition, adapting my work found in one medium to another medium, such as making my print into a painting is also prohibited.

Printing Nidhi’s illustrations for personal or commercial purposes is strictly prohibited. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, printing illustrations for display in your home, classroom, office. Printing single or multiple copies for weddings or events is also prohibited. If you are interested in prints, please visit our online shop. That is the only legal way to acquire a print of her work.

Online sharing exception – If you are featuring Nidhi Chanani or Everyday Love Art, please feel free to use the illustrations – but you must include a link to everydayloveart.com and credit Nidhi Chanani as the artist. When the featured content is shared on social media, it must include the same information plus a link or tag to Nidhi Chanani’s on that social media.

Can you create an illustration for my wedding/party/personal project or website?

I’m honored you want me to create a custom piece for you but unfortunately I’m booked with work. Personal custom illustrations are indefinitely closed.

Can I have a high resolution file of your artwork to use?

I do not sell or otherwise share any high resolution files of my work.

Where can I buy your Disney art online?

WonderGround Gallery can take orders via email at merchandise.guest.services@disneyparks.com or by telephone at 877-560-6477.  Just let Mail Order know that they are interested in the Nidhi Chanani artwork from WonderGround Gallery West and they would be happy to let them know if it’s currently available.

Do you accept freelance work?

I welcome professional freelance work that is clearly outlined and budgeted. If you are a business or individual who would like to hire me for illustration, writing or comics please contact me at nidhi@everydayloveart.com with project details and time line.

Will you illustrate my kids book?

For all book inquiries please note that I’m only interested in projects that have representation and/or have sold the manuscript to a major publishing house already. I receive many requests and although that’s lovely, I select projects very carefully.

If you do have representation and/or sold your manuscript to a publishing house, please contact my agent, Judy Hansen, at Hansen Literary Agency hansenliterary@msn.com for more information.

How do you create your digital illustrations?

I create all my work on a Wacom Cintiq, which I highly recommend for any digital illustrator. For software, I use photoshop. For comics I use clip studio paint. I also use the ipad pro and apple pencil with procreate when I’m traveling.

What materials do you use for your watercolors?

I love sakura koi and kuretake watercolors, arches paper and any brush I can get my hands on. I use pentel water brushes often. For line work I use black and colored microns.

What materials do you use for your live drawings and inktober?

I use col-erase colored pencils, micron pens, pentel brush pen on bristol art cards.

What materials do you use for your wood burnings?

I usually purchase the wood pieces from places like Michaels Arts and Crafts or Etsy. I use a professional wood burner, with different pens and nibs to burn into the wood. I have a detailed post about my wood burning materials and process here.

How do you make your prints?

All our prints are printed in-house. We do this to maintain superior quality assurance and oversight. We use an Epson Stylus inkjet printer and highly recommend it. We’ve tried a variety of printers and this is the one that produces high quality prints for all our retail and wholesale needs. We only use genuine Epson inks and paper for our prints, which are archival as well as water, scratch and fade resistant.

Can you tell me more about Pashmina?

My debut graphic novel, Pashmina, was published by First Second Books in 2017. I wrote the manuscript for Pashmina over 2 years. It took another 1.5 years to complete the artwork.

Pashmina is about an Indian-American girl, Priyanka Das, from Orange County. In her high school she is teased for being different, especially because she has a single mom. While trying to learn more about her mother’s background, she discovers a pashmina shawl that takes her on a fantastical journey to understand her heritage – and herself.

Pashmina has been lauded for its portrayal of Indian culture and feminism, receiving a number of awards and recognitions, including Amazon’s Top Twenty Children’s Book of the Year, Northern California Indie Bookseller Association Long-List Title and A Junior Library Guild Selection.

The review in the New York Times and my interview in Electric Lit has more detailed information.

In March of 2019, the film adaptation of Pashmina with Netflix was announced. Gurinder Chadha is set to direct.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Everything! I’m inspired by life and wonder, whether its my kitties playing in a box to walking along the Embarcadero or imagining what it would be like to climb a tree with an elephant. I believe that beauty is everywhere. I observe life and try to capture the color, light and stories through illustration and comics.

I am going to be in San Francisco, can we meet for coffee?

I’m always honored that people want to meet me for coffee when they’re in town. Unfortunately, I can’t meet. Between my current projects, growing my existing small business, I barely have time for my own personal commitments.

Will you come and speak at my school, library or museum?

I love to speak about my artist journey! Please contact my speaking engagement agency for more information here.

I love art and want to get better. Do you have any advice?

My tried and true advice is to draw. A lot. All the time. On the train, in the evenings , on the weekends. Draw faces, hands, made up characters and environments, draw buildings and trees, draw big and small and fill sketchbooks. The more you draw, the more you will learn. I didn’t realize I wanted to pursue art as a career until I was 27. That was in 2008. In 2009, after dropping out of art school I began to draw every day. These were some of my first digital illustrations:

I knew I was a long way from making it a career but I kept drawing. I focused on different aspects week by week. Hands, feet, body language, clouds, texture. As I taught myself various aspects I also thought about narrative, composition, rhythm and lighting. I didn’t try to learn everything at once. I went slowly. I doubted myself the entire time! But I didn’t let my doubts stop me from drawing. Within a year I was creating art I was proud of, including this piece which I still love:

Art isn’t a linear path. Asking it to conform will only lead to frustration. I learned that even though I thought I was regressing, every drawing I made, bad or good, helped me grow. I learned more from my mistakes than happy accidents.

There’s a great benefit from being around other artists. If you search for live drawing or figure drawing in your town, you may be able to join a meet up. You don’t need art school for that! It’s a great way to build community and learn from other artists.

If you want more formal training, there are many choices online. I suggest searching and using skillshare. You can get 2 months free with this link. Schoolism is also another great option.

The process is slow but if you trust it and keep drawing, you will improve!

Other questions?

Please contact me!