Hi, 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.
As a hybrid designer with a background in both digital and handmade processes, which has allowed me to collaborate with companies such as Sun Bum, BuzzFeed, Cartier, Book of the Month, Robot Chicken, Red Bull, and Disney.
I’m a first-generation American, having been born in the United States to immigrant parents. My father is from Pondicherry in South India, and my mother is from Kiev, Ukraine.
Growing up in both an Indian and a Ukrainian family has given me a unique viewpoint on culture, language, and creativity.
I am inspired by my culture and background, and I enjoy expressing that through my artwork. I work on illustrations, licensing, and motion projects from my studio in San Diego with clients all over the Country.
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.