Monday 28 September 2015

meet challenge member: Melissa Tan

Melissa Tan

1. Your name, location
Melissa Tan,
Living in sunny Singapore

Week 17 2014: HORSE by Melissa Tan

2. Describe your family
I’ve been married for 12 years to my architect husband who often rolls his eyes at my lack of perspective and total disregard for composition. My dad loves to draw and paint as much as I do while my mom channels her creativity into making quilted bags. As is probably obvious from my artwork, we like animals and have a bunch of dogs and cats.

Week 7 2015: FARM

3. Describe your work
Hmm. I like simple lines and just a  few colors against a plain white background to make the illustration stand out (also to be honest, I have no idea how to paint backgrounds in…). Most of my artwork is pretty small, and it’s getting even tinier now that I’m exploring micro-painting and have acquired a new stash of 10/0 brushes. My bookshelves are weighed down with hundreds of children’s picture books, all bought in the name of research, of course.

Week 19 2015: EAT

5. Describe your art background
A mix between being genetically enriched (refer to “describe your family”) and just lots and lots of practice.

Week 51 2014: SILHOUETTE

6. What do you love about the Challenge? What have you learned?
The challenge makes me think out of the box. It’s wonderful seeing everybody’s interpretations of a topic, and then I’ll try to figure out how I can make it mine. It’s so humbling, but also confidence-boosting to have had many of my submissions make it to the weekly picks.

Week 34 2014: BUTTERFLY by Melissa Tan

7. What is your favourite illustration you have done for the challenge so far?
Anything related to Christmas inspires me. This was my first attempt at some kind of realism and I’m really happy with how it turned out (It’s some kind of Norwegian Christmas roll thing…)
Week 51 2015: CHRISTMAS by Melissa Tan

8. Tell us something that we don’t know about you
I’m at my happiest when  surrounded by animals.
Week 9 2015: TEXTURE by Melissa Tan

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