About Nalena Kumar

I’m Nalena Kumar.

Over the last 12 years, I’ve worked in illustration and animation using different media: drawing, painting, traditional animation, and digital processes.

My background in Character Animation from CalArts (BFA 2010) has allowed me to work on illustration and motion projects for a variety of brands and agencies.

As a result of my understanding of both digital and handmade processes, I’ve worked with brands such as Sun Bum, BuzzFeed, Cartier, Book of the Month, Robot Chicken, Red Bull, Disney, Aetna, Capital One, Netflix, and Intel.

Born in the U.S. to immigrant parents, I’m a first-generation American. My dad is from Pondicherry, South India, and my mom is from Kiev, Ukraine.

Being immersed in both an Indian and Ukrainian culture growing up has given me a unique perspective on culture, language, and creativity. 

I’m proud to draw inspiration from my roots, what I see, know, and love.

Currently, I am working on illustration, licensing, and motion projects from my studio in San Diego with clients all over the country.

If you have any questions or want to work together, email me at projects@nalena.com