Monday, June 13, 2016


Trying to remember to take time to scan everything.

Shows a bit more detail and how the color actual is in these ballpoint drawings.

Ballpoint pen and watercolor on Arches hot press.  These both fit in a standard IKEA frame, too! 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


A couple new soft-sculpture creatures:

A Garden Spirit
This wee fellow is the first in a series created for some of my special supporters through Patreon.

And then this tentacled creature
This was a fun commission, which requested bright colors, tentacles, and claws.  
I am taking custom orders this summer, so if you're interested you can email me or send me a message through Etsy! 
melissasueart (at)

Now that TCAF has come and gone, Summer is settling in nicely in the studio.  It's quiet and there's a lot of work to do in preparation for this Fall / Winter.

I've got a couple group shows to create work for, a four-day workshop/retreat, and a six-day residency coming up.  Lots to do!  Lots of long quiet nights at the desk.

We do get out a little though, mostly for art fun:
Live-painting and dooding at some Drink & Draw events around town.  

And I've been making it to more figure drawing.  I'm really trying to go at least once a week - it's just really important for the paintings I'm working on.

And then there's a large project:
I'll be showing work in a Chicago gallery at the end of the year - a 'mini-solo' of my soft sculptures.  I'm making a lot of new creatures for the show, so I've started work already for that.  
So excited to start sharing some of that, and the new large paintings I'm working on.  
Fun stuff!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

New Stuff

A couple new watercolor studies and things!


A watercolor sketch of Rachel Kahn

Quick indigo pencil study

"Hatch" - ballpoint pen drawing, with watercolor.


I've been balancing a lot of different projects right now.  In addition to the stuff above, I'm working on a very large series of new plush monsters for an upcoming gallery show.  And, starting a new series of oil paintings.  Other things like taking commissions, weekly figure drawing, and just plain ol' business managing...
Now that this is my full-time work, I've been talking about my process and progress over at my Patreon page.  If you're into that sort of thing, it's been fun so far!  You can follow along for free, or get some fun perks with the "Rewards" levels of support.  

Friday, April 1, 2016

Friday Stuff

Max and I are still writing up our review / study of the Galaxy Hero comic project, and how we collaborated on the book together.  Since we both did all the art together through concept to finishing, it was a pretty interesting process.  We even have some GIFs.  So, that story will be ready soon.  

In the meanwhile, here's some other things I've been doing.

Drawin' drawin' drawin'.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016


Hey there, internet!  
I'm working on a fun new post, detailing all the crazy things that I've been up to the last few months.  Right now, I'm just recovering from Chicago's comic-con:  C2E2.  
C2E2 is always a blast.  Max and I debuted a ton of new work and merch.  We got to hang out with some of our favorite local art nerds. I also had these sweet new George Costanza leggings.   
And yep, we got to put up camp all weekend in this rad huge booth in the Block, along with Revolution Brewing Company.

Because, for the last six-or-so months, me and Max and our buddy Dave have been working on a very special comic book:

So yes! More on this all very soon.  

Sunday, September 27, 2015

New Beasties

A few fresh Critters for Fall!

Available in the Shop!


Monday, September 21, 2015

Falling into Plush


I smell evening campfires, a crisp bite in the air, and orange "pumpkin spice" juice being dumped into coffees all over the city.  Which means Summer hiatus is over and its back to the Sewing Table for me.

My Etsy shop is back open and there's some fun new treats in there!  I'll also be ading all new critters over the next few weeks, so cehck back for some one-of-a-kind monsters.
(And, probably, all those Amigurumi I've been teasing about for the last year.  They're all getting their faces finished and photographed soon!)