Tazmaa's Studio

Custom Anime Art & Commission Illustration Artist

Art by Artist Valerie A. Ryan

Tazmaa has been my internet alias for as long as I can remember. My name is Valerie Ryan, I'm a Canadian woman who has been working as a freelance anime art & graphic art commission artist since 2003.

I draw mostly custom digital cartoon comic art & anime art, however I also do many forms of graphic artwork including logo design, flyers & banners, booklets, special occasion cards & posters, personalized stationary and well... any odd little custom graphic illustration art or design related job you can come up with!

I am easy to work with, friendly and I take pride in the details of my artwork.

Artists Personal Art Style

Anime Art & Western Cartoon Art

Anime Style Commission Artwork visit gallery >>

I’ve been told on countless occasions that my art style is a mix between Anime and Western Comic Art. Of course, being a huge fan of the anime style of art, I often try to veer off to the more traditional Japanese manga style of anime art.

As my art style matures I see it changing frequently so who knows what will influence my style next? I also dabble in realistic sketching. As I continue to draw I am constantly trying to expand my artistic horizons and am enjoying seeing my artwork take on a beautiful illustrative style.

I’ve learned a lot in art school and even more through experience of doing custom art by commission for many different people around the world. I am eager to continue to see what I can do with my skills in design, art and illustration, even beyond the anime and fantasy realm.

Most recently I have enjoyed using traditional forms of media such as line art with ink and painting with watercolor using a paint brush and professional watercolor pigments. I am still learning.

New | Purebred Dogs by Breed Illustrations

Anime Art & Western Cartoon Art

Cartoon Dog Characters visit zazzle shop >>

I'm working on a project to illustrate as many purebred dog breeds as possible. The idea is to place them alongside a special career title that is motivation, silly and most importantly: positive! Dogs are a major inspiration to living in a wholehearted way, and I aim to capture some of their wisdom with this project and help share it with others.

So far I've got 3 breeds drawn, in multiple colors and have assigned their breed specific career titles:

Lagotto Romagnolo: The Excavation Expert

Cartoon Dog Characters Lagotto

Miniature Schnauzer: Home Security Agent

Cartoon Dog Characters Schnauzer

Alaskan Malamute: Vocal Accompaniment

Cartoon Dog Characters Malamute Wolf

Art Education, Skills & Digital Art Proficiencies

Graphic Design Art Professional

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Having graduated Visual College of Art & Design's Graphic Design program in Vancouver, BC 2012, I went on to continue working freelance doing commission artwork for people all over the world.

At this point I am proficient with several Graphic Art programs including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign & Dreamweaver. I also have the knowledge of preparing digital art for print purposes, including working with spot colors, bleeds, crop marks and layout templates. Likewise preparing digital work for web use, interactive PDFs or ebooks and working with templates for the multitudes of social media graphics for use in business or personal channels.

My knowledge of HTML, CSS, Javascript and jQuery gives me a unique advantage when working with clients for web graphics and effects.

Tazmaa's Art Studio Website

This website is primarily a gallery and portfolio to showcase my art and to answer questions for those who want to hire me for their commission art projects.

I also created this website to entertain the cartoon art fan, indulge the comic art lover and to impress the anime art fanatics. So whatever you are here to see I hope that I live up to your expectations & that your time viewing my site has been entertaining for you! Thanks so much for visiting!

Art Prints

Choose your own 12x18 print.

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My prints are now available through the shop! You can choose your favorite among my mermaids, cat girls and other fantasy art to hang in just the right spot! All my prints come signed in the back, dated and noted with my website address for future visits. Thank you for supporting my work as a freelance artist, I hope you enjoy your prints as much as I enjoyed making them!