March 31, 2016

Sketchnotes: Shikha Nambiar

by Radhika Kuldeep

Shikha Nambiar, was always artistically inclined. Hailing from a defence background, all the traveling and living in different parts of the country helped her develop a unique perspective on people and culture.

Her schooling at Sahyadri School in Pune, encouraged her to explore her creativity. The teachers at her school, pushed her to stretch her boundaries and use art as a means of expression. This is how her creative journey actually began.



Even though she graduated from law school, Shikha was always drawn to the world of art and design. After working for 3 years as a lawyer, she decided to trust her intuition and join the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, to formally study Visual Communication. The 4-month exchange program for graphic design at L’Ecole de Design, Nantes, France, allowed her to understand the trends of the international design industry.

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Kolhapuri pattern in the making

After Shikha graduated with a Diploma, she decided to focus on freelancing as it gave her the freedom to choose the projects that she felt passionately about. Based in Bengaluru, she founded Sunny Skies Starry Eyes in May 2015 as an attempt to bring to the market some fun stationery. She offers postcards, diaries, fridge magnets, amongst other things. Her illustrations and hand lettering are fresh and quirky, almost childlike. This ingenuity makes her very popular at the various pop-up events and art fairs / flea markets that she participates in.


Travel portraits

One of her most favourite projects has been the ‘100 Days Project’. It was because of a challenge hosted by ‘The Great Discontent, a print publication and online magazine featuring inspiring conversations with today’s artists, makers, and risk-takers, which invited everyone to participate in 100 days of making / creating. Shikha chose to paint a 100 doors from India and around the world.


The A to Z of Creatures series

Currently she is working on some commissioned artwork as well as developing some new products for her brand along with a brand new website. Also, every month, Shikha chooses a project/topic (mostly via Instagram) to build on her portfolio. It’s something that keeps her inspired and motivated. The month of March was dedicated to making a collection of patterns and prints.



While Shikha draws her inspiration from other Indian designers / illustrators like Amruta Patil, Sameer Kulavoor and Prashant Miranda and Kriti Monga, she doesn’t want to be limited to a distinctive style. She feels that her style entirely depends on the medium she chooses for a particular project and is constantly evolving.


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To know more about her projects, visit her Facebook page here, or check out her portfolio here. You can follow her on Instagram here, or buy some of her design goodies here.

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