Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The (Space Trip) Art Show!

The (Space Trip) Art Show opens this Friday!
I'm honored to be included in the show, and this is the new painting I created for it:

"I Feel Fine"
Watercolor and Colored Pencil on paper
8" x 10" 

Available through Gristle Tattoo + Art Gallery
The show is going to be great - 50+ amazing artists have created fun pieces inspired by and celebrating 50 years of Star Trek.
The show will take place in Brooklyn, during the weekend of the Star Trek convention.

OPENING PARTY: Friday, Sept. 2, 7 - 10pm

Saturday, Sept. 3, 12 - 7pm
Sunday, Sept. 4, 12 - 7pm


Saturday, August 13, 2016


It's the Woots!
Woot Berries, that is.

In collaboration with Woot Bear Gallery in San Francisco,
I created seven "Woot Berries", based on their logo. 

Here's a wee video I made for them:
This video featured the prototype, and then the final seven had different stitching and some finessed detailing:

Each is entirely hand-sewn and unique.

Which woot will you choose?

Woot Berries are releasing Saturday, August 13 at 12pm PST
in-store and online at Woot Bear

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Time travel:

Today on Patreon I did a little musing on the difference that time makes.  
It's not just the passage of time that makes us better at what we do, it's also having more time to do it.  Since leaving my day-job in February, I've been so grateful for the time I've been able to spend on all my artwork.  I've been able to make big advances in drawing, painting, and the stitched stuff.
It's not easy, and it's often a little nerve-wracking, but it's always been wonderful and worth it.  
If you'd like to find out more, here's a link to my Patreon page - I've got a few Plush reward spots left, as well as Art rewards and the $3/month Content & Sketchbook reward.  


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) yahoo.com

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'.