Nishith "Nish" Pandya's illustration style, as on display at Artomatic, is somewhat cartoony, but his use of the web-handle "cartoonish" led us to decide to reach out to him. (all images from his websites, as my photos from Artomatic did not come out well).
What type of comic work or cartooning do you do?
Lately, my drawing style has been combining my characters and my love for nature and hiking.
How do you do it? Traditional pen and ink, computer or a combination?
I mainly work in pencil, charcoal, or pen-n-ink. I think these mediums tend to enhance the mood I try to create in the drawings.
When (within a decade is fine) and where were you born?
I was born in 1970 in Baroda, India.
Why are you in Washington now? What neighborhood or area do you live in?
I moved up to DC for a software job and I have been living in Capitol Hill.
What is your training and/or education in cartooning?
Aside from watching cartoons on tv...none.
Who are your influences?
I think Bugs Bunny did this to me! I would religiously watch Loony Toons on Saturday mornings.
But somewhat-recent animation programs that I love include Invader Zim and Ed, Edd, and Eddy.
If you could, what in your career would you do-over or change?
My day job is software and sometimes I wish I had focused more on my art.
What work are you best-known for?
Lately, I think I am known for my nature-inspired drawings.
What work are you most proud of?
I have few personal favorites. One of them is on display at Artomatic. It's an illustration of a girl reading a book by a tree.
What would you like to do or work on in the future?
I am currently learning oil painting. I have tons of sketches that I would like paint...and finally work with color.
In addition, I keep saying I would like to write and illustrate a children's book.
What do you do when you're in a rut or have writer's block?
I get drawing blocks and many times I'll go on nature walks to get ideas and inspiration.
What local cons do you attend? The Small Press Expo, Awesome Con, Intervention, or others? Any comments about attending them?
I have not attended any cons. I think I need to attend some!
What's your favorite thing about DC?
I think DC is a great walkable city and I definitely do a lot of walking.
What monument or museum do you like to take visitors to?
Neither a monument nor a museum, but I like to take visitors to Great Falls if they have never seen it before.
I like both sides.
I prefer the hiking on the MD side for myself.
But if my parents come visit me, I ll take them to the VA side since its easier for them to walk around.
Easy answer...the summers. it gets too hot here.
How about a favorite local restaurant?
It's a chain but I like Matchbox.
Do you have a website or blog?
I am on Instagram. My username is cartoonish2.
I also have a few drawings on www.coroflot.com/cartoonish