Artist to Watch: Sarah Burrini

Sarah Burrini is ready to make her mark at a major publisher.

Every now and then, we come across an artist that makes us wonder, “Why hasn’t she been snapped up by by a publisher yet?” German/Italian artist Sarah Burrini is the creator of the (currently on hiatus) German-language-but-translated-into-English webcomic Life Ain’t No Pony Farm. She has an amazing Tumblr feed full of great illustrations that scream “Hire me to do Lumberjanes covers, Boom! Studios!” or “Imagine me drawing Squirrel Girl, Marvel!”

We’ve put together a small gallery of her work below, followed by a five-page pitch for an original comic that she created with Shawn Alridge (Vertigo’s Dark & Bloody). They are currently shopping it around to comic publishers. I wonder who is going to get smart and snap her up and who is going to regret passing on her later?

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