mel draws!

mel draws!

illustrator, sumo fan, bear-enthusiast, and so on
Well, it’s June, and I’m sad to disappoint, but my beloved project Kuma: Sumotori is not really ready for launch at all. There are a few things I’ve come to realise these past few months:
1. Making comics is hard. And it takes a long time, especially when you’re working full-time. You write, and you draw, you re-write, and re-write again. Then you start drawing all over again.
2. I need a bit of a career change. Nothing drastic. I am still illustrating, but later this year I am going back to study graphic design and look into new career paths. It’s kind of been a difficult time coming to this realisation.
3. I love this project and I want it to be done right, not rushed.
I can’t say when the project will be released but I can tell you that I probably won’t do it as a weekly web-comic format. The story is in four parts, and I would like to release each part in whole, online, as they are completed. This also solves some of the problems I was having writing for a webcomic format as well- wanting to have something interesting to come back to for every single page wasn’t working well.
As soon as I have news about the state of the comic, I’ll post it here on my blog. Thanks to all of you who have been keeping up with my artwork and sending me great feedback.

Well, it’s June, and I’m sad to disappoint, but my beloved project Kuma: Sumotori is not really ready for launch at all. There are a few things I’ve come to realise these past few months:

1. Making comics is hard. And it takes a long time, especially when you’re working full-time. You write, and you draw, you re-write, and re-write again. Then you start drawing all over again.

2. I need a bit of a career change. Nothing drastic. I am still illustrating, but later this year I am going back to study graphic design and look into new career paths. It’s kind of been a difficult time coming to this realisation.

3. I love this project and I want it to be done right, not rushed.

I can’t say when the project will be released but I can tell you that I probably won’t do it as a weekly web-comic format. The story is in four parts, and I would like to release each part in whole, online, as they are completed. This also solves some of the problems I was having writing for a webcomic format as well- wanting to have something interesting to come back to for every single page wasn’t working well.

As soon as I have news about the state of the comic, I’ll post it here on my blog. Thanks to all of you who have been keeping up with my artwork and sending me great feedback.

Saving the best for last! Frog and his nemesis, the sinister Magus. Oh, and Ozzie I guess.

Saving the best for last! Frog and his nemesis, the sinister Magus. Oh, and Ozzie I guess.

Ayla, from the prehistoric world! Azala doesn’t look too happy down there…

Ayla, from the prehistoric world! Azala doesn’t look too happy down there…

Behold, the future! Lucca and Robo are ready to dispense some kick-ass to some mutants.

Behold, the future! Lucca and Robo are ready to dispense some kick-ass to some mutants.

I love having the time to do personal art :) While I’m on the Chrono Trigger train, here is Crono and Marle frolicking in the present.

More Chrono Trigger fanart - one of the most epic scenes in the game (and there are many), Frog faces his arch-nemesis, Magus.
More CT art in the making. Because I am having fun!

More Chrono Trigger fanart - one of the most epic scenes in the game (and there are many), Frog faces his arch-nemesis, Magus.

More CT art in the making. Because I am having fun!

Frog from Chrono Trigger!

Frog from Chrono Trigger!

My love letter to illustration

There is something that has been weighing heavily on my mind for quite a long time now, and it’s not an easy thing to admit. So, here it goes - I’ve fallen out of love with my job.

But first, let me get one thing straight. I love illustration. Fiercely! And it will always be a part of my life and my work, no matter what I do. I’ve been a freelance illustrator for just shy of 5 years now (which really isn’t that long) and during that time I’ve loved working with my clients, creating artwork for them and seeing the final results of our collaborative efforts out in the ‘wild’. I’ve been so unbelievably lucky to be able to do this as my job and I am grateful for every moment of it, for all the people I’ve had the pleasure of working with. It’s been amazing.

However, freelance illustration is a tough gig. It works very well for some people, and by all accounts, seemed like the perfect thing for me - calling the shots in my own business, lots of time to myself to devote to my craft. But therein lies one of the biggest problems I have with my job right now.

It’s bitterly lonely. I live by myself and work from home. There are ways around this, that I have tried, like sharing a studio, but at the end of the day when you’re a freelancer, it’s just you. Which in some cases is okay, and this brings me to my second admission.

For the last several years I have been suffering from major depression, and working most of the time, by myself, from home, it feels amplified tenfold. It’s hard for me to explain, and I don’t want to delve too deeply into this bit. But what I want in my life right now is to go out, learn new skills, meet new people and forge a new career working with other people on a daily basis, and being there with them.

Which is why I have decided to change things up and go to school to study graphic design. Not for long - I’ll be doing a short, intensive course here in Melbourne, and afterwards it’s my hope that I will get a full time job working in a studio or agency.

I will still be doing freelance illustration, but I’ll be doing much less. And I’m sure I will be able to bring my illustrative skills to my design work as well. Actually, I feel as though working in design will provide me with a whole new medium for me to explore with illustration.

Of course, if my current illustration clients are reading this, don’t worry - I am fully committed to our projects and they will not be disrupted. And my webcomic, Kuma: Sumotori, is still underway.

I am and always will be an illustrator, but it’s time for me to begin a new journey and learn some new things. I hope the people who have enjoyed my work over the years (thank you!) will still like my new work which I will be doing in the not-to-distant future.

Thank you for reading.

- Mel

I really just wanted to do a quick drawing for fun this evening. I’m at a point right now with my work where I want to change things up and do something different. For example, I’d like to simplify my work process and approach my illustrations in a more graphic kind of style.
This is only for my commercial work though. Anyway, more on this later. My portfolio is due for a major overhaul and I’ll be posting new pieces here along the way.
Happy fishy.

I really just wanted to do a quick drawing for fun this evening. I’m at a point right now with my work where I want to change things up and do something different. For example, I’d like to simplify my work process and approach my illustrations in a more graphic kind of style.

This is only for my commercial work though. Anyway, more on this later. My portfolio is due for a major overhaul and I’ll be posting new pieces here along the way.

Happy fishy.