Simple lines for safe spaces: Nidhi Chanani's First Book Love
Today we hear from Nidhi Chanani, author, illustrator, creator of so many gorgeous things...
The first book I recall loving was Harold and the Purple Crayon. I loved that he could draw himself into new and safe places. The simplicity of the drawings of a child and his crayon endeared me to him. His adventures were exciting and fanciful. What Harold did with his crayon is a similar to what I do with my art. Create worlds, adventures and embrace my imagination. It's still one of my most favorite titles.
And here's just a peak at some of the spaces Nidhi creates with her work:
More about Nidhi:
Nidhi Chanani is a freelance illustrator, cartoonist and writer. She is the owner of Everyday Love Art. Her debut graphic novel, Pashmina, was released by First Second Books in October 2017. It received starred reviews in the School Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, and was reviewed in the New York Times. She illustrated Misty – The Proud Cloud, a children’s book by Hugh Howey. She is an instructor in the Master of Fine Arts, Comics program at the California College of Arts. Her first bilingual board book, Shubh Raatri Dost/Good Night Friend will release in October with Bharat Babies. She is currently working on her second graphic novel, Jukebox, with her husband Nick Giordano.
Nidhi was born in Calcutta and raised in suburban southern California. She holds a degree in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She 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.
Nidhi draws and dreams every day with her husband, daughter and their cat in the San Francisco Bay Area.