My name is Melanie and I wear many hats. Preferably funny, expressive ones that tell stories. I spent many years as a character animator for big animation studios like Pixar and Dreamworks, and on smaller short projects for places like Amazon and Google. But now I spend my days working as an author/illustrator.
My emphasis is on character design, animated posing and I love drawing animals. The stories I tell range from the lighter side – emphasizing kids and animals in imaginative and funny situations, to the more serious side, with a passionate interest in conservation and the environment. I have a soft spot for stories that allow kids to relate to differences and emotions in a positive way.
I love research and will often fall down rabbit holes while doing it. I have a couple of artistic styles and I will bounce back and forth depending on the tone of the illustration. I also like big sloppy dogs, long walks with friends, and if you buy me cheese I will love you forever!
I live in a small cabin the redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
I have a husband, two teenagers, a GSMD dog and a cranky cat.
I have worked on some of the most iconic and recognizable characters but I can still walk into a supermarket and nobody knows me.
My favorite thing about school visits is encouraging students that anyone can draw.
Don't go to movies with me unless you want to listen to my sound FX and endless commentary.
I am geekier than the average bear.