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The art of Nidhi Chanani

My name is Nidhi (pronounced nitty) Chanani and I create cute, whimsical and romantic art. I create a new illustration every weekday and share online. I have been working as a full-time professional artist for just over a year and a half.

I was inspired to quit my day job and pursue art after following the work of some professional illustrators. It’s encouraging to see others making a living with art and that still drives me today! I start every morning with a loose line drawing (I work on a large wacom tablet, called a cintiq, so I draw directly on the computer) and I take that and create layers and layers of color, shadow, and light.

As much as my work is on the computer, it is completely handmade. I don’t believe that traditional methods of art are any better or worse than digital (and vice versa). Its simply another tool, much like different sizes of paint brushes, or different kinds of paper. Because I created it on the computer, it doesn’t cease to be art, or cease to come from me or my imagination…!

One of the best things (there are too many to name just one) about working for yourself is making your own hours. I absolutely love that! The down side of that is knowing when to stop. Another thing I love is meeting people, whether they are lovers of art, or other creators… The community I am surrounded with is so loving, supportive and well, amazing!

“Give me a museum and I’ll fill it.” – Pablo Picasso


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