This week we caught up with Lisa Nkanyuza, a digital artist who forms her craft in illustration, animation and game design. Her latest project, Barkburg, sucks us into a world resembling the dog-eat-dog entertainment industry – inspired by adult animated sitcoms. Read the interview below:
Who are you? My name is Lisa Nkanyuza, also known as LisaTriesToArt. I am a digital artist from South Africa. I specialise in digital illustrations and animations – as well as, dabbling in game design. I am also an avid lover of storytelling. I enjoy using my animations and illustrations to share stories and build heartfelt worlds.
Where does your story begin? Let me take you back to when little Lisa spent a little too much time watching her favourite animated films, like The Lion King. And I’m talking about the 1994 version. Don’t come at me with that 2019, bro. Ever since then, I have always felt that animation enthralled me with all its possibilities. And it allowed me to express myself, vividly.
How did you get into animation and design? Story time! I started hacking at animation using Microsoft PowerPoint. After seeing what my siblings could make out of it, I slowly made my way into it too. I began using Jasc Animation Shop, and I would animate short little clips. Most of these clips featured my dogs. I really love my dogs. After that, I sort of explored other creative avenues, like comic-making and illustrations. And then I realized, “Dang, I’m actually pretty good at this!” – This is the point when I developed a keen interest in comics, video games and concept art. I later found myself studying game design at University.