Hi, I’m Nalena

For the past 13 years, I have worked as an illustrator and animator, using a variety of media such as drawing, painting, traditional animation, and digital processes. As a hybrid designer with experience in both digital and handmade techniques, I strive to create a distinctive visual style that merges the organic and digital worlds. This approach has enabled me to collaborate with numerous companies, including Sun Bum, BuzzFeed, Cartier, Netflix, Narrative, Book of the Month, and Disney.

As a first-generation American, my background is diverse, with my father hailing from Pondicherry in South India and my mother from Kiev, Ukraine. This upbringing has given me a unique perspective on culture, language, and creativity, which inspires my work. I enjoy expressing my cultural roots through my artwork, which I create in my studio located in San Diego and work with clients all across the country on illustration, licensing, and motion projects.

Merging digital and handmade processes

My artwork is a unique blend of traditional drawing and painting. Using programs like After Effects, Procreate, and Photoshop to create a distinctive atmosphere in my work digitally manipulating my handmade work.

After Effects

Motion Graphics


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