We connected with illustrator Krishna Chavda of Nanu Illustration last summer at ICON8 and were thrilled when she decided to produce a custom notebook. The drawing she chose for her cover is a collage of separate portraits she sketched while riding public transit in New York City and her hometown of Jersey City, NJ.
Says Krishna: “I thought they would make great leave-behinds for when I meet with art directors and other potential clients as it’s well made, small, practical, and does a grand job of showing off my work.”
Chavda let us peek into the Nanu Illustration studio and process through these photographs and drawings. She explains that her notebook cover design started with small 2 x 3 inch portraits which were digitized, converted to grayscale and collaged together. She added her logo and recolored the entire illustration before sending it our way. Among her tools, she lists watercolors, ink, brushes, technical drawing pens, a Wacom tablet, a quill pen and nibs and a midcentury Graphos technical pencil and nibs that her parents used while studying architecture in the 1970s.