Welcome

A little about myself and my processes and inspirations.

Mel Macklin is a kitsch-smitten, fairytale-fancying, pop-femme picture-maker and art teacher from Melbourne. She lives vicariously through the girl-characters she draws, who are at once adventurous, mischievous, well-dressed, and mostly good-intentioned Lolitas, though they do have a weakness for things unabashedly kitsch and gaudy. Oh, and they always have fabulous hair, though Mel is pretty sure most of them cut their own bangs with blunt kitchen scissors.

 

When she's not teaching or gallivanting off to some comic convention or other, Mel spends her days drawing her imaginary friends and all the fearless heroines she loved best as a child. They are all inspired, among other things, by fairytales, anime, eighties cartoons, and everything awesome Mel has seen in her life to date. Since her heart belongs firmly to Pop Surrealism, all of Mel's girls have such big eyes- all the better to eat you with, my dear! . . . Or something like that, anyway.

 

When Mel isn't actually doing art things, you might find her twirling her hair, attempting to tame her mad moggie and twin beagle puppies, cuddling Dave, their hooman dad and master picture-framer, drinking far too much coffee than is strictly good for a person, or daydreaming about the many wonderful things she will draw next.

Mellie 8

Mel Macklin is a kitsch-smitten, fairytale-fancying, pop-femme picture-maker and art teacher from Melbourne. She lives vicariously through the girl-characters she draws, who are at once adventurous, mischievous, well-dressed, and mostly good-intentioned Lolitas, though they do have a weakness for things unabashedly kitsch and gaudy. Oh, and they always have fabulous hair, though Mel is pretty sure most of them cut their own bangs with blunt kitchen scissors.

 

When she's not teaching or gallivanting off to some comic-con or other, Mel spends her days drawing her imaginary friends and all the fearless heroines she loved best as a child. They are all inspired, among other things, by fairytales, anime, eighties cartoons, and everything awesome Mel has seen in her life to date. Since her heart belongs firmly to Pop Surrealism, all of Mel's girls have such big eyes- all the better to eat you with, my dear! . . . Or something like that, anyway.

 

When Mel isn't actually doing art things, you might find her twirling her hair, attempting to tame her mad moggie and twin beagle puppies, cuddling Dave, their hooman dad and master picture-framer, drinking far too much coffee than is strictly good for a person, or daydreaming about the many wonderful things she will draw next.

Mellie Bio

Mel Macklin is a kitsch-smitten, fairytale-fancying, pop-femme picture-maker and art teacher from Melbourne. She lives vicariously through the girl-characters she draws, who are at once adventurous, mischievous, well-dressed, and mostly good-intentioned Lolitas, though they do have a weakness for things unabashedly kitsch and gaudy. Oh, and they always have fabulous hair, though Mel is pretty sure most of them cut their own bangs with blunt kitchen scissors.

 

When she's not teaching or gallivanting off to some Con or other, Mel spends her days drawing her imaginary friends and all the fearless heroines she loved best as a child. They are all inspired, among other things, by fairytales, anime, eighties cartoons, and everything awesome Mel has seen in her life to date. Since her heart belongs firmly to Pop Surrealism, all of Mel's girls have such big eyes- all the better to eat you with, my dear! . . . Or something like that, anyway.

 

When Mel isn't actually doing art things, you might find her twirling her hair, attempting to tame her mad moggie and twin beagle puppies, cuddling Dave, their hooman dad and master picture-framer, drinking far too much coffee than is strictly good for a person, or daydreaming about the many wonderful things she will draw next.

Style and Process

Some info on the different media I use.

Graphite and Biro

Many of my finished works start their life as simple graphite or black biro pen drawings. Staedtler mechanical pencils are a particular favourite thanks to their portability and consistent mark-making. I also like to switch between traditional grey and colors like red. Ultimately, I love the simplicity of these tools and the way they hold the same magic that they did when I first started drawing.

Digital Painting

Many of my works have been developed using a combination of traditional and digital techniques. For my digital work I use a large Wacom tablet and Photoshop. Though I sometimes start from scratch in Photoshop, my preferred approach is usually to develop a line and tone drawing in graphite which I scan, import and then build up to maintain a hand-made look.

Markers and Ink

I use fineliners, usually in sepia or black for linework and then either Tombow (water-based) or Copic (alcohol-based) markers. Together, this is a fantastic combination for developing ideas and testing different colour palettes. Paper makes a huge difference with markers, so experiment with bleedproof and watercolour. When I want to play with ideas these are my go to.  

Coloured Pencils

Coloured pencils are another medium that I like to use. Typically I will develop a watercolour underpainting and then layer the pencils over the top to create the finished piece. I use both Caran Dáche and Faber Castell pencils usually and most often work on hot press watercolour paper as this creates a smoother finish than cold press paper which has a rougher texture or 'tooth'.

Graphite and Biro

Many of my finished works start their life as simple graphite or black biro pen drawings. Staedtler mechanical pencils are a particular favourite thanks to their portability and consistent mark-making. I also like to switch between traditional grey and colors like red. Ultimately, I love the simplicity of these tools and the way they hold the same magic that they did when I first started drawing.

Digital Painting

Many of my works have been developed using a combination of traditional and digital techniques. For my digital work I use a large Wacom tablet and Photoshop. Though I sometimes start from scratch in Photoshop, my preferred approach is usually to develop a line and tone drawing in graphite which I scan, import and then build up to maintain a hand-made look.

Markers and Ink

I use fineliners, usually in sepia or black for linework and then either Tombow (water-based) or Copic (alcohol-based) markers. Together, this is a fantastic combination for developing ideas and testing different colour palettes. Paper makes a huge difference with markers, so experiment with bleedproof and watercolour. When I want to play with ideas these are my go to.  

Coloured Pencils

Coloured pencils are another medium that I like to use. Typically I will develop a watercolour underpainting and then layer the pencils over the top to create the finished piece. I use both Caran Dáche and Faber Castell pencils usually and most often work on hot press watercolour paper as this creates a smoother finish than cold press paper which has a rougher texture or 'tooth'.

 

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