Heroic Artist: Natalie Nourigat (Tallychyck)
“Tally” Nourigat is a writer, cartoonist, and animator in Portland, Oregon. She works on everything from superhero comics to animated series to commercial storyboards to concept art. Natalie is a member of Periscope Studio, and has worked with great publishers like Marvel, Dark Horse, and Image Comics. Her graphic novels include Between Gears and A Boy & A Girl. Natalie’s work has been nominated for the Eisner Award, GLAAD Media Award, and Oregon Book Award. Natalie loves traveling and learning languages. She majored in Japanese in university and spent 2013-2014 in France (Annecy and Paris). You can find her around Portland with a sketchbook in one hand and coffee in the other.
We asked Tally how she made the jump from talented amateur to Eisner-nominated professional artist:
I maintain my [DevantArt] page because a ton of people use the site, but I’m not all that active on DA. I attribute my jump to drawing comics professionally to 4 things:
- Exhibiting at conventions (where it’s possible to meet editors)
- Selling minicomics at indie bookshops around Portland (which introduced local retailers, authors, and publishers to my work and helped me start to network in the Portland publishing scene)
- Starting a webcomic (Between Gears) that was later collected by Image Comics, and
- Interning at Periscope Studio.
You can see a small gallery of Tally’s art below. Click on the pictures to make them larger. You can find more of Tally’s work on her website NatalieNourigat.com.