My name is Chaitanya Limaye and I am a freelance illustrator, animator and visual storyteller. I have been drawing since I was a kid. Over the years I have worked as an animator in animated and VFX films like Disney's The Jungle Book and have illustrated book covers and designed for merchandise.


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I absolutely love the incredible feeling of seeing a character come alive in real surroundings. I make illustrations of a little cartoon version of myself (whom I call 'Chai') and photograph him in different locations.

This is an ongoing project that I post on my Instagram page. Usually, I draw, paint and animate digitally. Doing this project makes me get away from the computer and draw and make things with paper, markers, scissors and camera in the most tactile way to bring the character to life. I have always enjoyed taking photos of interesting things I notice every day - may it be the sunlight striking the leaf while making it glow, a puppy relaxing at the door of a cobbler's shack or busy market street.

I thought a combination of my interests in illustration and photography would be even more fun and another way to do visual storytelling! I want my work to create a strong connection with my audience. Take a peek at Chai's world through my Instagram page.

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#1 That's Chai Ready And Packed Up With His Passport For Our Trip To Malaysia!

That's Chai Ready And Packed Up With His Passport For Our Trip To Malaysia!

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Sasy 4 months ago

toon passport is the cutest thing ever

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#2 Take A Moment To Look Up And Notice The Trees Around! They Have The Ability To Calm Us Down And Unwind A Bit. Also We Start To Notice The World A Bit Differently

Take A Moment To Look Up And Notice The Trees Around! They Have The Ability To Calm Us Down And Unwind A Bit. Also We Start To Notice The World A Bit Differently

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Nanni 17 4 months ago

Love this! Also, look up and see the beautiful sky!

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#3 Self Portrait

Self Portrait

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#4 We Hardly Get Time These Days To Relax. Find Some Grass, Lie Down On It And Chill

We Hardly Get Time These Days To Relax. Find Some Grass, Lie Down On It And Chill

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Molly Block 4 months ago

Heck yeah! Looks so relaxing...

#5 Chai Stepped Out In The Afternoon And All That Left Of Him Was An Omelette. Damn Summer Heat!

Chai Stepped Out In The Afternoon And All That Left Of Him Was An Omelette. Damn Summer Heat!

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PyroarRanger 4 months ago

It's worse barefoot XD

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#6 Chai Enjoys Climbing / Walks / Runs On The Hills In The City In The Evenings

Chai Enjoys Climbing / Walks / Runs On The Hills In The City In The Evenings

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Krishna Vishwas 4 months ago

Where does chai lives?

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#7 Chai Being A Good Husband. Helping To Carry All The Shopping Bags For His Wife, Ru

Chai Being A Good Husband. Helping To Carry All The Shopping Bags For His Wife, Ru

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Molly Block 4 months ago

Very sweet.

#8 When You Get Your Hands On A Box Of Mithai (Dessert)

When You Get Your Hands On A Box Of Mithai (Dessert)

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PyroarRanger 4 months ago

That's me with any sweet lol

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#9 Chai Just Can't Get Enough Of Mangoes. Excuse His Messiness, Not Something One Can Control When You Have Fresh Cut Mango On Your Plate

Chai Just Can't Get Enough Of Mangoes. Excuse His Messiness, Not Something One Can Control When You Have Fresh Cut Mango On Your Plate

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Molly Block 4 months ago

Mangoes are messy, but so delicious! I'm with you, Chai!!

#10 Chai Loves Chai (Tea In Hindi)

Chai Loves Chai (Tea In Hindi)

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Molly Block 4 months ago

I love Chai too. Both, that is!

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#11 Haircut Time!

Haircut Time!

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đŸ¶StarbucksPuppyđŸ¶ 4 months ago

He looks like Waldo but easier to find!

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#12 Ru & Chai Enjoying A Long Talkative Walk. It Was Their 2nd Anniversary!

Ru & Chai Enjoying A Long Talkative Walk. It Was Their 2nd Anniversary!

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BarryAllenTheFlash 4 months ago

Happy Anniversary!

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#13 The Time Chai Went Island Hopping In Langkawi And Got Filmy On The Boat

The Time Chai Went Island Hopping In Langkawi And Got Filmy On The Boat

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Person2638 4 months ago

lol that looks straight out of a bollywood movie!

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#14 Chai Loves Chilling On Beaches Listening To The Waves Come By And The Breeze Blow The Hair

Chai Loves Chilling On Beaches Listening To The Waves Come By And The Breeze Blow The Hair

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#15 Doing Touristy Things In Kuala Lumpur

Doing Touristy Things In Kuala Lumpur

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Magpie 4 months ago

It is a tough job, but someone has to do it ;)

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#16 Chai Fulfilling His Cravings For Fresh South Indian Filter Coffee!

Chai Fulfilling His Cravings For Fresh South Indian Filter Coffee!

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Molly Block 4 months ago

Hahah, that is me too!

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#17 Wisdom Tooth Pain Means The Dreaded Trip To The Dentist

Wisdom Tooth Pain Means The Dreaded Trip To The Dentist

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PyroarRanger 4 months ago

I got my wisdom teeth out a month ago, I know the feeling buddy *pats back reassuringly*

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#18 50 Shades Of Blue. When Choosing What To Wear Is A Very Difficult Question

50 Shades Of Blue. When Choosing What To Wear Is A Very Difficult Question

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đŸ¶StarbucksPuppyđŸ¶ 4 months ago

Blue or more Blue? That is the question!

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#19 How Much Ever Hot Summer Gets, It Always Has A Silver Lining For Chai - Mangoes!

How Much Ever Hot Summer Gets, It Always Has A Silver Lining For Chai - Mangoes!

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Saffron Jazz 4 months ago

Yes! Love mangoes!

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#20 Chai Excited To See A Lot Of Birds And Koi Fish At The Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

Chai Excited To See A Lot Of Birds And Koi Fish At The Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

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Molly Block 4 months ago

Don't fall in Chai, or you'll be fish fodder! X-P

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#21 Snorkeling In Pulau Payar Marine Park, Malaysia

Snorkeling In Pulau Payar Marine Park, Malaysia

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Daria B 4 months ago

I see a face smiling in thw background. (It's under the guy's face, a bit more left)

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#22 The Third And Final Stage Of Experiencing Mangoes To The Fullest. Here's Chai Savoring The Lingering Taste And Letting Out A Flavorful Burp. The Sense Of Delight That Mangoes Bring Is Like Nothing Else!

The Third And Final Stage Of Experiencing Mangoes To The Fullest. Here's Chai Savoring The Lingering Taste And Letting Out A Flavorful Burp. The Sense Of Delight That Mangoes Bring Is Like Nothing Else!

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Lindy Mac 4 months ago

love the messy face.... one cannot eat Mangoes without needing a shower afterwards ;-)

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#23 Time For The Festival Of Colors - Holi!

Time For The Festival Of Colors - Holi!

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Molly Block 4 months ago

FUN!!

#24 After A Kayaking Ride In The Mangroves Surrounding Langkawi, Malaysia

After A Kayaking Ride In The Mangroves Surrounding Langkawi, Malaysia

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Johanna Shin 4 months ago

Looks like he’s taking a selfie

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#25 Lots Of Colors! Chai Loves Visiting The Art Store Every Now And Then. It's Like Visiting Paradise!

Lots Of Colors! Chai Loves Visiting The Art Store Every Now And Then. It's Like Visiting Paradise!

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I don't know 4 months ago

It is

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#26 Chai Listening And Swaying To 'Afreen Afreen', One Of His Current Favorite Songs

Chai Listening And Swaying To 'Afreen Afreen', One Of His Current Favorite Songs

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Molly Block 4 months ago

I looked for this song on YT and found it, and it's lovely! Though I have no idea what he is saying, hahah.

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#27 Chai Had Been Looking Forward To Try Some Malaysian Food. Here's Him About To Jump Into A Bowl Of Nyonya Laksa

Chai Had Been Looking Forward To Try Some Malaysian Food. Here's Him About To Jump Into A Bowl Of Nyonya Laksa

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