Nirzara Verulkar

Nirzara is a children’s book illustrator. She also writes short stories and poems for children and young adults. Her storytelling and visual style focuses on nature, and relationships. She has worked with Pratham on books that simplify maths concepts. With Full Circle Books she has worked on a book called ‘Frogs who loved to sing’ (not published yet) and one of the books she worked with Katha was about an ant who has a dream to fly! And guess what, to illustrate this book, Nirzara used dried petals and leaves. She has illustrated for several great Indian poets like Harindranath Chttopadhyay, Gulzaar and Zulfikar Ghose. Infact one of her self-published books ‘Crystal from the Chandelier’ got selected for an Illustrator’s retreat in Singapore! Let’s find out more about her.

At what age did you start drawing?

I started drawing when i was in 7th standard.
I got myself enrolled for the drawing exams and that was the time I realized I could draw. I had a wonderful drawing teacher. I think the credit goes to her for making me take drawing seriously.

When did you realize that you want to pursue this professionally? 

I think the same year I appeared for
elementary exam I decided I wanted to go
for commercial arts!

What or who motivates you?

I think poetry motivates me the most! Good food! Nature and its certainty! Yoga… Julia Child,
Corita Kent!

Why do you like doing artwork for children?

It’s a bright and hopeful space to be in! And it’s a relief to know that your work will help children to be better people! Nourishing their minds! And sometimes its not all that philosophical, its fun to work with bright colours and silly stories! A

Tips for young child artist

Always collaborate your art with some other passion! Like art and food – illustrate recipes, art and yoga, illustrate yoga poses and first know what do you want to tell and let art be the medium. Be a storyteller first and then tell your stories through whatever medium that you want to use! May it be crayons, water colours etc.

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