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I will be at Disneyland this weekend to close my month feature at Wonderground Gallery. It’s supposed to rain! I am looking forward to it! Hope to see you there ^_^


slow dance


sf bazaar


this weekend is our last big show of the season and it’s a special one! i was selected as the featured artist for sf bazaar, which means the first 200 people coming to the show on saturday AND sunday will get a limited edition print and tote of the above illustration! we’re been prepping for the show all week, so if you’re in the bay area we hope to see you this weekend at fort mason ^_^

if you’re planning on ordering online, please note that for regular mail, we need to get your order by december 14th to guarantee delivery by christmas. for priority mail, please place your order by december 19th!

happy happy holidays!


wolf slumber


signing at disneyland ^_^


I am thrilled to announce that I have been invited for an artist showcase at Disneyland Wonderground Gallery June 21-22! Wonderground is part of Downtown Disney and doesn’t require a park ticket for entry therefore its free for all. The piece above, “Water Dance” will be one of the many prints I will have there. If you’re in Southern California, I hope to see you there! ^_^

Now, back to working on the books!

pashmina (big news! ^_^)


I am super excited to share that I have signed with First Second (Macmillan) for my debut graphic novel, Pashmina.

This is the big project that made me pull back from daily drawings and I am happy to finally be able to share the news! I’ve been writing (and re-writing, mostly) the book for about a year and will be working on the drawings for the next two years. Thus far it has been one of the hardest things I’ve done in my career and I’m nowhere near finished! The above drawing is one that I used in my initial pitch to publishers. It isn’t final art and won’t appear in the book but I believe it captures my feelings and the essence of the story.

That’s all I can share for now. Have a happy Monday! ^_^

(The official announcement was in Publisher’s Weekly)

sales & shows

starting today you can get 15% off my entire online store ^_^ use the code EVERYDAYLOVER2013 until Monday, December 2nd at 11:59p PST – perfect time to get your holiday shopping in!

if you’re interested in phone cases or framed prints, head to my society6 shop, they are offering free shipping worldwide until Monday!

also, if you’re in the area team everyday love will be selling prints, cards and more at a pop up shop in downtown san francisco friday through sunday. if you’re in the east bay we will be at the yelp holiday fair on sunday! hope to see you there ^_^

find your path

Many things have contributed to finding my path as an artist. From an incredibly supportive husband, fabulous friends, to a love of storytelling… I receive questions every week about how I got here, what tools I use, what inspires me… so, I thought it might be helpful to write a bit about how I got here.

After college I had a host of jobs. Most of them weren’t right for me. In fact, I quit one job by placing my office keys on the desk, submitting my resignation via email and simply walking out, never to return again. Because the job wasn’t just making me miserable, it made me hate life. Another job I held for one single day. I learned that I am headstrong, I take action and think about the consequences later. I don’t recommend it, but it has mostly worked for me. Of all my jobs before art, the only job I enjoyed was working at the library. I was an assistant but I never felt like one. There was a level of respect, playfulness and curiosity that I loved there. (My ideal world is one full of art and books.) I worked at a cafe and and the library, took out massive loans (which I’m still paying off) and enrolled in art school at the age of 27. I was often the oldest person in my classes, and believe me when I say that I was AWFUL in comparison to the students 8 years younger than me. Being older, my one advantage was that I was clear about what I wanted to do – I wanted to create illustrations to make people happy and I wanted to write books.

Returning to my headstrong self, I learned what I felt like was enough and dropped out of art school. I began drawing everyday. I am now 3 years and 500+ illustrations deep into running my own show. I admit I am distracted by shiny, new, well-paid opportunities. Many of the artists I know work at animation or game studios. I was recruited by one of the big animation companies last year and turned down their request for an interview. I have to keep clear on my goals even when it’s easy to be swayed by big names. I am a full-time artist and business. Anyone who has started their own business knows the painful truth that YOU are the only way that your business earns and moves forward. I realize the path I chose is harder. Much, much harder than I had imagined. The majority of my income comes from my personal work and a small percentage from commercial work. I work weekends, nights, and sometimes I am disheartened by the lack of opportunities I have simply because I’m not associated with X, Y, or Z company. That’s the reality of any industry. But I truly prefer working for myself. I prefer creating artwork that I feel passionate about and working on projects that speak to me.

I don’t see myself as an authority on much of anything except my own experience. I can tell you what software I use to create my digital illustrations, what wood burning tool I use and what watercolors and pens. I believe in the beginning of any creative pursuit the idea that knowing the tools of your favorite artist will help you reach your goal is an easy trap. No one can create artwork like me because its not about my tools. My history, my experiences, feelings and thoughts inform my work. I use flash and photoshop, but you could find that you hate those tools. Then where will you be? In the end you have to find what works for you and go toward that. I battle a lot of insecurity and doubt, every week, every day, and recently that’s lead me to try new things… which is good and bad. Good because I get bored and trying new things keeps me excited and fresh. Bad because sometimes I fall into the same trap. I look at what others are doing and try to BE them. I have to constantly remind myself that although I might be good at a small amount of things, it is those things that I must focus on. I must go towards the things I’m good at, develop those and keep focused.

If I have arrived at a place that is admirable to others, I did that by being true to myself and working hard. I am not talented. I have no secret formula to create my illustrations or wood burnings. There is no magic button that makes shops carry my work or blogs write about my work. It comes from a constant pursuit of independence. I wanted to be free to create what I want, work where I want, with whom I want and make people happy.

Before beginning any path, creative or not, I think its important to be clear and focused. That is what will propel you forward. So… do you truly know what you want to do?

a letter from nidhi



first of all, i want to say thank you. thank you for sharing, posting, commenting on, purchasing and ultimately liking my work. sometimes i find it hard to believe how much love and support i’ve received through emails, messages, and comments in a mere three years. so thank you. truly!

i understand that when i complete and post an illustration online, its not mine anymore. i’ve given it to you. as i give it to you, though, i do ask that you take care of it. the question of how to care for, share and support my work has come up a lot recently. here are the best and “approved” ways of using and sharing my work:

1. sharing it on facebook, twitter, pinterest, tumblr, or any social media with proper credit and link (it should look like this: image by Nidhi Chanani,

2. using it as a personal profile photo with proper credit and link

3. sharing via email with proper credit and link

when someone shares my work without credit, it stinks! removing my name from my work is like erasing my identity. when someone prints or prints and distributes my work from the web, it is illegal. the only person who can print and distribute my work is me. i try to make my work accessible and affordable. and, honestly, the only way i can continue creating art is through your support.. and that’s all that i’ve ever wanted, to continue to create everyday and make people happy.

thank you, again, for your support… i’ve been out sick with the flu and i hope to be back sometime next week!

my new website!

I’m so excited to share my shiny new website with you –! After a couple of months of data transfer, uploading, adjusting, and testing it’s finally ready for your eyes ^_^ Now you can order prints directly from my site and (drumroll please) I am now offering smaller (8×10) prints! All of my greeting cards, magnets and other products are also available. And my absolute favorite is the new Pick a Print feature – because I have over 500 images that grows daily, it sometimes takes away from creating new work to always add items to my shop. Now you can order a print from the past, or one that I’ve just created by typing in the title!

But that’s not all, I invite you to take a minute and look at the new site ^_^ I kind of love it, what do you think? ^_^

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