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I'm Nyssa, a Portland based illustrator and animator (still a student). I express love with food. I do not sleep. And all my roommates are NERDS.
I hurt my foot yesterday, but I just realized that the booboo looks like a smiley face.

I hurt my foot yesterday, but I just realized that the booboo looks like a smiley face.

Anonymous said:
Hello :) I wish I can draw the way you do Is there anywhere i can learn the main steps for that on the internet?! I mean i watched some stuff but they weren't really useful ..I am very talented with drawing faces but the body movings is a bit hard for me.. You know Just far away from how beautiful and smooth you make it! Can you help me please?

It’s just dedicated practice. 

This is a really great site for practicing figure drawing. You can select what type of models, you want and for how long.

Try setting it to do 30 second poses. Use charcoal and draw just the motion of the figure. Do it again and again and again. Then lengthen the time. Try five minute poses or half hour poses. Just practice seeing the figure, and translating that into marks on the page. 

A comic I drew for my graphic novel class about the first time I did flying trapeze. 

Practice work.

Practice work.

detectivedeathmachine:

THE STORY OF A SPARROW…

They say the city’s a roost for every bird.

Detective Chirpums is more than happy to disagree with that.  Almost as much as he is downing a bottle of Grackle’s Finest in one sitting.

He’s the city’s best detective.  He’s the city’s only detective.  Because someone had to.

And he’s got a new case.  It’s his only chance at paying rent for the month.  And not unlike too many of his cases, this one comes with a dame in sheep’s clothing.

DEMO + FULL GAME

You can get both the demo and the full game of Detective Chirpums here!  Compatible for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

DEVELOPER NOTES

Birds!  Noir!  Puzzles!  Hardboiled lines that never end!  Everything that’s good in the world.  It’s all in this game, which I hope you guys enjoy.

Have fun sleuthing!

My friend just finished their newest game. It’s about bird detectives, check it out!

Today I found a cat.
Her name is mystery.
I have called her owner, and am waiting for a response. If anyone knows this cat please let the owner and/or me know so we can get her home soon.

I have discovered gouache. I am in love.

I have discovered gouache. I am in love.

Anonymous said:
did you use watercolor to color in your friend's hand?

Yes. Watercolor and ink. 

Anonymous said:
Hey Nyssa first of i really like your art, I have a question I love art but im terrible at drawing do you think being able to draw its something you are born with or that by practicing you can learn?

I very firmly believe that there is no such thing as natural born talent. It’s practice, all practice. Some people are born with the natural desire to create, but it’s the working your butt off that gets you there. 

So practice. Anyone who is willing to but in the time and work can learn to draw. Coming up with good ideas on what to draw can be kind of hard, but my suggestion for that is taking other classes that make you think about the world differently(i.e. Gender and sexuality, theoretical math, history of hero warship complexes, physiology of music). 

sometimes being a better artist just means being a better person, then putting the time in to learn how to create beautiful things. 

and thank you, by the way. 

Another preliminary work for an ongoing project. Some part of my brain thought radio-active baby was a good idea.

Another preliminary work for an ongoing project. Some part of my brain thought radio-active baby was a good idea.

One of the preliminary works for a project I’m working on. Part of the concept involves space, so I’m just playing with space ideas.

One of the preliminary works for a project I’m working on. Part of the concept involves space, so I’m just playing with space ideas.

detectivedeathmachine:

SO, if you’re following me, you probably know I make indie games.

I spend a riiiidiculous amount of time working on them, and the past couple weeks have been especially work-filled and coffee-fueled.

Making games is the center of my life.  It’s the single most important thing in the world to me.  I’ve been obsessive about it for years.  They let me tell the stories I want, the way I want, and put players in worlds I spend probably more time thinking about than the one we live in.  The process of making a game puts all the things I’m good at to use and it basically feels like riding a dragon while shooting a laser gun with the soundtrack of Escape From New York playing.  There’s nothing more exciting.

Anyway.  This is mostly a post to say that, and let you guys know where you can get my stuff.

Writing/coding/arting/designing takes a lot of work and time.  Like a lot, lot, lot.  And while I love it pretty much as much as being able to breathe, I just barely manage to pay basic bills most months.  If you want to help out, you can buy one of my games for about the price of a Starbucks latte over here or donate a couple bucks to my Patreon over here.

Vile Halicarnassus was just released today, a free short visual novel I made for a personal 48-hour game jam.  Stuff to look forward to?  I’m working on Detective Chirpums, which’ll be up in the next few days, and I’ve been working on and off Deadly Kawaii with as much free time the shorter games will let me.  Also coming later is Graverobber: Episode Two, and Dark Corner.  So there’s a lot planned, and a lot being worked on every day - any help would be appreciated more than I can really put into words, and I hope you guys enjoy my games and all the ones coming out soon!

This is my roommates work, and I can confirm that he works impossibly hard to make these games, and they’re all really gorgeous and have some really gut-wrenching stories. 

Anonymous said:
hey! just a thing i noticed... a lot of your lips and mouths look similar and very pursed. maybe try changing the shapes up a bit? just a bit of advice~

I never noticed that, thanks for pointing it out!

I think this started as homework, but I got sidetracked.
Watercolor and charcoal on newsprint.

So I’m in the first day of one of my illustration classes, and the professor opens the lecture by saying
“stop drawing white males as a default. Just, stopit”.