2011 Challenger: Melissa Dow

| October 29, 2011 | 4 Comments

Hi guys, apologies I am getting this in so late, I was on vacation, but back just in time for the challenge to begin!

My name is Melissa Dow, I am an illustrator/character designer living in Portland, OR.  I work for a small gaming company, as well as freelance.  I absolutely LOVE character design, and have been working om my own character project 100 Bastards, for awhile now.  I received a BFA in Illustration from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2007.  I love drawing, love it, love it.  My work is largely influenced by portraiture, pop culture, graphic novels, crazy colors and most definitely character design.

For the challenge, I think I am going to work on a few character sets for some web comic/random ideas I’ve had, but I’m not entirely set on that yet.  I definitely am drawn to ‘exaggerated realism’ type characters; crime, noir, not-so-distant-future, slightly alternatie universe, etc, as well as satirical themes.  I also may create some weird animal/creatures.  For the moment, I expect to just do pen and ink, with simple toning to keep myself from taking too much time on each one. 🙂

I missed doing the Challenge last year, and am so excited to get a chance to participate this time around.  I can’t wait to see the amazing work you guys create!


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  1. Jeezus H Christmas, but your art is gorgeous. Look forward to seeing what you give us!

  2. G.R. says:

    Beautiful work, it will be a pleasure to see your future characters 🙂

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