Photograph by Naomi Kundu

Ishita Jain is an illustrator and designer based in NYC though she is originally from Delhi, India. 
She loves to draw on location and enjoys documenting the people, places and stories that surround her. Her work is inspired by day to day moments, giant trees, shimmering spots of light and the wonder that comes from being around nature. She works across media, both digital and traditional.
Her dream work scenarios involve drawing and meeting new people and places, preferably far away from her computer.
Ishita studied graphic design at the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, India and went to the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Program at School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York.
She teaches at SVA and has been a guest speaker for graduate and undergraduate students at the School of Visual Arts, NYC, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore (MICA) and MassArt.

Upcoming books:
Searching for Sunshine, written and illustrated by Ishita Jain
(Adult Non-Fiction, Princeton Architectural Press, Spring 2023)
The Forest Keeper, written by Rina Singh, Illustrated by Ishita Jain
 (Children's Non-Fiction, NorthSouth Books, Spring 2023)
Areas of visual interest + wish list: Architecture ( big soft spot for Mughal architecture), Weather phenomena ( would love to illustrate pieces about rain and monsoon!), Gender, Music and musical instruments, Live drawing for Jazz performances, Lighthouses, Biology Labs, visual collaborations with scientists and climate change researchers, Seas and Sea creatures, Insects, Trees, Indian flower markets, Illustrations for botanical gardens and aquariums, Packaging for Gin/ Wine bottles,  Visual journalism essays for magazines.
Stay updated on Instagram at @ishitajain24
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For Books: Represented by  Eryn Kalavsky at Salky Literary Management
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