Sketches, Satires, Skeletons, Shortcomings

Tara Helfer is a Pittsburgh native, currently working in Columbus, Ohio as a designer and cartoonist.

Co-creator of "Night Crew" - part of Nickelodeon's 2014 Animated Shorts Program
WIP of the 16th Colossus, Malus, for Justin Woo’s upcoming zine.I'm so happy Justin was able to squeeze me in! SotC is easily one of my biggest inspirations. trying to finish this ASAP! DO IT FOR AGRO!!

WIP of the 16th Colossus, Malus, for Justin Woo’s upcoming zine.

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'm so happy Justin was able to squeeze me in! SotC is easily one of my biggest inspirations. trying to finish this ASAP! DO IT FOR AGRO!!

The first episode of Farewell, My Brightest Fighter is live! 

Marcy, a bitter and jaded art school freshman, has no idea where her life is going or what she wants out of it. She has enough on her plate without food poisoning, a sick cat, nagging friends, constant failure, and…now what…crazy huge magical girl responsibilities?? How will she make it to class in time?

This was a fun collaboration with my talented painter friend Lisa Sterle and Rad Fortress. She brought the magical girl and I brought the grime! We’ve already started part 2 so stay tuned for FIGHTING, glowy costume changes, impractical cake-like dresses and sicky slimy madness.

Had to draw Fiona/Squishee in a dress for Becky and Frank’s Draw Your Cat In a Dress Day. She’s gonna squishee that bug, dress or none!

Had to draw Fiona/Squishee in a dress for Becky and Frank’s Draw Your Cat In a Dress Day. She’s gonna squishee that bug, dress or none!

My contribution to Light Grey Art Lab’s animal rescue benefit show: Animystics.
A Wind at My Back (2014)Tara Helfer
The horse is thought to represent the intuitive aspects of human nature. As a spirit guide, he teaches us how to ride into new directions, to awaken and discover our own freedom and power. 
Prints available from Light Grey Art Lab || A portion of the proceeds go to Feline Rescue Inc

My contribution to Light Grey Art Lab’s animal rescue benefit show: Animystics.

A Wind at My Back (2014)
Tara Helfer

The horse is thought to represent the intuitive aspects of human nature. As a spirit guide, he teaches us how to ride into new directions, to awaken and discover our own freedom and power. 

Prints available from Light Grey Art Lab || A portion of the proceeds go to Feline Rescue Inc

lisasterle:

Sugar Punch Marcy posters/canvas prints
first poster for my upcoming cartoon, Farewell My Brightest Fighter, starring Marcy and her mentor Queen Lady Justice. The painterly background was super liberating as I’ve been working with flat colors for soooo long it was nice to break out the texture brushes. 

Lisa made this sickly sweet illustration for our upcoming cartoon!

lisasterle:

Sugar Punch Marcy posters/canvas prints

first poster for my upcoming cartoon, Farewell My Brightest Fighter, starring Marcy and her mentor Queen Lady Justice. The painterly background was super liberating as I’ve been working with flat colors for soooo long it was nice to break out the texture brushes. 

Lisa made this sickly sweet illustration for our upcoming cartoon!

killermoth:

Saw Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind for the first time this week and did a little watercolor doodle. I can’t believe I didn’t see this movie sooner!!

killermoth:

Saw Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind for the first time this week and did a little watercolor doodle. I can’t believe I didn’t see this movie sooner!!

BUFFCAT: PURRFESSIONAL WRESTLER is out!

CAST
Buffcat - Greg Goodson
Pussybird - Zach Brown
Scruffmuff - Ashley Vega

CREW
Director - Tara Helfer
Manager - PBKain
Script - Matt Erman
Storyboard - Tara Helfer
Animation - Tara Helfer, PBKain, Sarah Schmidt
Sound Design - Scott Ciprian
Bird noises - Nick Simpson

(Source: radfortress)

lisasterle:

SO you might have noticed me drawing this cutie the past few months, and now I have some badass news.
She’s gonna be starring in her own cartoon shorts co-created by me and Matthew Erman & animated by the fantastic Tara Helfer. It’ll be airing in June, on the Toonacracy Youtube channel. <3
It’s gonna be about grumpy lil sourpuss college student Marcy being thrust into the magical world against her wishes. there will be vomit. there will be blood. there will be gross jokes and humor and slimy things and badass monsters and it will all be offset by a sparkly pastel wonderland and I am so excited. 
been working on this for about 2 months now, so we’ve got storyboard samples to share very soon so stay tuned friends~


Character designs by Lisa!I might post some stuff here as it gets done. Expect a lot of cartoons here over the next year.

lisasterle:

SO you might have noticed me drawing this cutie the past few months, and now I have some badass news.

She’s gonna be starring in her own cartoon shorts co-created by me and Matthew Erman & animated by the fantastic Tara Helfer. It’ll be airing in June, on the Toonacracy Youtube channel. <3

It’s gonna be about grumpy lil sourpuss college student Marcy being thrust into the magical world against her wishes. there will be vomit. there will be blood. there will be gross jokes and humor and slimy things and badass monsters and it will all be offset by a sparkly pastel wonderland and I am so excited. 

been working on this for about 2 months now, so we’ve got storyboard samples to share very soon so stay tuned friends~

Character designs by Lisa!

I might post some stuff here as it gets done. Expect a lot of cartoons here over the next year.