About Nalena Kumar

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, I work on illustration, licensing, and animation projects in my San Diego-based studio.

Finding harmony between digital and handmade processes is where I find gratification. Understanding that every idea calls for a particular medium is important to me. I love incorporating new media and ways to push this in both personal and client work.

Flora, fauna, and surf culture are themes to which I continue to draw inspiration from. I like to explore them, unafraid to use both dark and light. 

As an animation director, I create bespoke animated content for brands and agencies. Guiding each project through from initial script, storyboard, post-production, and final animated video.

I am a first-generation American born to immigrant parents. My father was born in Puducherry, South India and my mother was born in Kiev, Ukraine. 

Growing up geographically in between, in Oregon, I was immersed in both Indian and Ukrainian culture at home. This has given me a unique perspective on culture, language, and outlooks on life. Though differences aren’t always easy for others to understand. I am proud to take inspiration from my roots and pleasure in teaching others about the world I see, know, and love. 

My world only continues to expand as I travel frequently. Visiting family in both India and across the globe, and exploring places that are unknown or unfamiliar.

EDUCATION
BFA in Character Animation from CalArts, 2010

CLIENT OVERVIEW
Sun Bum | Shadow Machine | Robot Chicken | Red Bull | Disney Consumer Products | Aetna | AIG | Capital One | Shilo | Yu+Co | Intel | ParkerWhite | Mode Adjust | MiresBall | Weber Shandwick | Emota | Masar Johnston | CG Creative