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:

  1. Exhibiting at conventions (where it’s possible to meet editors)
  2. 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)
  3. Starting a webcomic (Between Gears) that was later collected by Image Comics, and
  4. 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.