PRABHA MALLYA

I illustrate, write and make comics.

I grew up in Goa, in a small town filled with trees and temples. It was a nice slow place to be a kid in – plenty of time to lie around and watch the world go by, play with street dogs, observe people, climb trees and the hills behind one’s house. I used to spend a lot of time drawing and reading, and that’s a lot of what I do even now! At 17, I moved to Rajasthan to study Mechanical Engineering at BITS-Pilani. Though I enjoyed the core engineering subjects, I was spending a lot more time building outdoor sculptures and painting with large brushes. On graduating, I decided I’d better be making art all the time instead – so I went on to study Visual Communication Design at IIT Kanpur, and then Illustration at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Since then, I have worked as an illustrator for books, comics, maps and anything else print; and have recently begun to write my own stories too. I love drawing trees, birds and animals – all kinds of cat, and especially leopards. I live in Stanford, CA – in a tiny house filled with posters, paints, plants and a PhD student. When not illustrating, I read, hike, take my sketchbook on nature walks, ride my bike, study Japanese and aikido.