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My name is Melissa, or "nalem" which I prefer to go
by online. I'm a freelance cartoonist/animator.
Originally from New York City, I moved out west
in 2006 and received my BFA from Thomas More College in Spring 2011.Now, I spend my free time drawing to my heart's content.
I'm available for hire all year round for comics, cartoons, animation, illustrations, storyboarding, and general art projects.
For the last few days, I’ve been having some really annoying gall bladder issues, which has left me weak, exhausted, and of course, in lots of pain.
This isn’t even everything that’s made this week so sour! Let’s just say you know it’s a bad week when talks of surgery is the highlight.
I know I’ve been a bad comic artist and didn’t update AGAIN today, but a new Lighter than Heir will be up soon, honest! I just need to sleep for like a month. [nah, the new comic should be up today, the rough sketches are done]
So in case nobody knows, for the last few months, We’ve been revising/coloring old Lighter than Heir pages for the print collection.
Spanio’s been doing the flats while I’ve been cleaning up the linework and shading. Something he mentioned was my current work has a lot more confidence in the ink strokes.
Now I’ve heard of “unconfident” lines before in my art classes. I never quite understood what it meant until now.
The 2011 art has very shakey lines. Every single stroke is small and uncertain. It’s kinda crazy you can just look at someone’s art and it’s kind of like reading a diary entry of theirs. I KNOW IT’S MY OWN ART AND I WOULD KNOW HOW I FEEL BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE but this realization is important to me. It shows me not only have I improved artistically, but my self esteem has improved too.
So I read once, when children are actually voice acting in South Park, [i.e. Ike or 5 year old Cartman] their swears stay bleeped, even in the uncensored episodes. That’s because instead of having kids say “bad words”, they have them say words that start with the sound of the swear they want them to say [like “holy shoe” or “what the fly?”] then bleep it so it conveys the idea they’re swearing.
The funniest thing [and by funny, I mean messed up] about this is they have the kid VAs say things like “Stupid Jew” or “Asshole” and they’re not bleeped. I guess those are OK to say.
Hey everyone! A few days back, I had opened emergency commissions to afford vet expenses for my dog, Cosmo, who was having some health trouble. Well, he went to the vet today and got some medication, so he’s going to be ok!
Thanks to everyone who shared/reblogged/ordered/commissioned! I appreciate all the help! I’m sure he does too <3