Shikha Nambiar is showcasing Pune city like few others ever have. When I came across her Instagram feed, I began scrolling and simply couldn’t stop!
Her series, aptly named ‘100 Days of Pune’, had me hooked. She’s illustrated some of the city’s most iconic spots, including places of heritage and legendary food. Her eye for tiny details is absolutely outstanding, which make her illustrations all the more captivating.
I got in touch with her for a quick chat to publish here so you guys could enjoy her work just as much as I (and thousands of other people) do. Read on for what she has to say and, of course, a ton of pictures of her 100 Days of Pune project!
As a child, did you know you’d become an artist/illustrator someday?
I absolutely loved art as a child and spent most of my time drawing and reading. My uncle got me this huge box of Crayola crayons and they were my most prized possession. I guess I never realised that I could actually do this professionally; I’d never heard of anyone being an illustrator. Artists were always thought to be “struggling” and back then the only “real professions” were that of a doctor or an engineer. But, yes, I did dream of being able to draw all day long and in a way, it’s come true!
How do you go about the process of creating your art/illustrations? What inspires you to create an illustration out of what you see?
Three things that always inspire me to draw are travel, music and food. I think I like to make art as a record of what I’ve experienced in a certain moment- be it a breathtaking view, a song that pulls at my heartstrings or a great meal. And by sharing my experience through art, I can hopefully get others to experience that feeling too. If I have the time and my tools, I like to draw in the moment. If not, I usually take pictures and then create when I get back home.
Do you have a go-to spot in Pune where you like creating in peace?
I don’t really have a go-to spot (I love to work at home) but if I lived closer to Pune University, that would surely be it. It’s so green and peaceful; just the kind of space I need to be in to create.
What do you love most about the city?
It’s difficult to put my finger on what I precisely love most about Pune. I think it’s the nostalgia that I attach to so many places here, the memories I’ve made during my childhood and growing up years, the kindest strangers I’ve run into and the old-world charm of the Peth areas. Also, the 100-Day project surely made me take notice and appreciate the finer details of this city.
Which illustrations from the 100 Days of Pune project are really close to your heart?
One of my favourites from the series is the Asha Dining Hall illustration. I think that’s where I finally decided to start the ‘100 Days of Pune’ project and also because it’s my comfort food. I’m a sucker for simple Thalis.
Another one would be the Kirkee War Cemetary. Ever since I set my eyes on that place, I’ve wanted to draw it. It is so beautifully maintained and such an oasis of calm.
You guys, go give Shikha a follow to see more pictures and stay updated with her fabulous work depicting Pune and so much more! If you guys know of more such artists in the city, leave a comment or drop us a DM!
All images by Shikha Nambiar