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Colin Smith
December 1, 2020

Behind every great piece of art or expression of creativity is a creator who has invested countless hours mulling over various creative directions, sketching and iterating, and finalizing their piece. Nimit Malavia, an award-winning Illustrator, provides a glimpse into his illustration process as he works on a piece depicting a futuristic soccer club on Mars.



In this video, Nimit takes us through both the conceptual and technical components of his illustration process for a piece that depicts a Martian world of soccer and competition. Throughout the video, Nimit provides insight into how he considers the context of playing soccer in space—how his piece will convey action, the dynamics of movement in this thin atmosphere, and the mechanics of play. He also details his process from creating rough thumbnails to his final inks, while at each stage sharing his thinking, strategic decision making, and general tips on what makes a successful and compelling image.




Nimit Malavia is an award-winning Illustrator and comic book artist who has gained experience working on projects that span across many different industries. He is most notable for his work as the final cover artist for Bill Willingham’s beloved Vertigo series “Fables”, the album artwork for Sony’s ‘Shadow of The Colossus’, as well as the storyboard artist for “The Umbrella Academy” series on Netflix.

Along with his career in the commercial entertainment industry, he is a recognized presence in the gallery-based illustration world having had a number of successful solo shows both in Canada and the US.

His clients include:

20th Century Fox, BOOM! Studios, DC Comics / Vertigo, Dark Horse Comics, FX Networks, GOOGLE, IAM8BIT, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, LEGENDARY Entertainment, MARVEL Comics,, MONDO, NETFLIX, NISSAN, PEPSI, SAMSUNG, SHOPIFY, SONY, The Walrus, and UBISOFT.

When he is not overworking himself, he likes to make smoothies, eat cupcakes with friends, shower his pet bunny with treats and play as much volleyball as he can.

Check out more of Nimit’s work on his Instagram: @nimitmalavia

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Colin Smith

Colin is a Sr. Product Manager on the Automotive and Conceptual Design Team at Autodesk. During his 25-year career in the CAD industry he has worked in customer support, training, consulting and as a product manager for Alias and Fusion 360. Currently, he works on SketchBook Pro and Create VR and is based in Toronto, Canada.