• Selected Works

    Anita Varma's Illustration

    & Graphic Design Portfolio


Illustration, book design and photography projects about our social, cultural and natural environment.

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Black & white illustrations for Everyday English. This is a three-part series of English language teaching books, written for rural and semi-urban Indian children by Jane Sahi and edited by Maxine Berntsen.

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Everyday English



Illustration and book design of read-aloud storybooks for young children by Indian authors.

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Graphic design projects including characters, logos, book covers and portraits.

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Anita Varma: Illustrator, Graphic Designer

Hi, I’m Anita Varma. I illustrate and design books for children.

As an illustrator my effort is to go beyond simply describing the text with a picture to support the story. Through my illustrations I try to extend the original idea contained in the text and by doing so, reveal other dimensions of the story.
Alley Girl reflection with birds and fish

As a graphic designer I design the books that I illustrate. I also create characters for animations and design logos and identities for organisations. My work ranges from hand drawn and coloured illustrations to artworks created using digital media (Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign).

I believe every client is different and each work of art is unique and requires a specific approach.  Depending on the demands of the project, I utilize different styles of art and design in each of my artworks. My aim is to create imaginative and meaningful designs.

I studied literature at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and Visual Communication at the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, India. Both pursuits arose from my childhood pleasure in reading and drawing. Now, through my work with children’s books, it has developed into a lifelong passion.


GraphicAlley is a selection of my work from over the past decade. I hope you enjoy these flights of my imagination!


You can write to me using the emailer below and I’ll get back to you. Comments or questions are welcome.



Here’s a list of some of my clients as a freelance graphic designer. The projects include illustration, character design, book and cover design, logo and identity design as well as photography, murals and video films.


  • Ahvaan, a Trust for Education, New Delhi

  • Ambedekar University, Delhi, India

  • Central Institute of Educational Technology (CIET), New Delhi

  • Centre for Science Education & Communication (CSEC), Delhi University

  • Coherent Comms, UK

  • Earth Star Products, Bangkok

  • Eklavya, Bhopal

  • Green Schools Programme, India

  • Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage (INTACH), New Delhi

  • Milestone Global, Bangkok

  • MTV, Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai

  • National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore

  • National Council of Educational Research & Training (NCERT), New Delhi

  • Nature Science Initiative, Dehradun

  • Pragat Shikshan Sanstha, Phaltan

  • SeasonWatch, India

  • State Council of Educational Research & Training (SCERT), Delhi

  • State Council of Educational Research & Training (SCERT), Raipur

  • UNESCO India, New Delhi

  • UNICEF India, New Delhi

  • Vidya Bhawan Society, Udaipur

  • 232 Foundation, Patna

  • Wipro, Bangalore

  • Yahoo India, Mumbai

  • Young Zubaan, New Delhi


GraphicAlley girl's shadow juggles the planets.

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