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Hi! My name's Melissa Lee, and I'm a designer and online art teacher living in the forests of Northern California. I'm currently in the process of becoming a full-time freelancer and art licenser, but in the meantime, I've been cultivating my love of sharing what I know, and encouraging others to nourish their creative side through teaching online art courses on Skillshare and Teachable. I love making patterns, character art, and watercolor paintings. I'm endlessly inspired by animals and nature (whether living today or extinct), science fiction and fantasy, space and astrology, witchy things, and bees. 

Always bees. 


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My mini course, Constructing the Face, is part of my series on Skillshare, Faced With Fear: Conquering Your Fears of Illustrating Faces, where I guide you through the fundamentals of drawing and coloring feminine and masculine character portraits. In this bite-sized lesson, however, I focus on how to construct a proportionate face, as well as share some helpful tips on exploring the possibilities of how to exaggerate the features for cartooning. Despite only being a little over ten minutes long, it’s one of my most popular and highly rated courses on Skillshare, with over 1,500 students and a 100% thumbs up rate. ;)


Create a Hand-Drawn .GIF in Photoshop


Want to spruce up your blog or website with cute, animated GIFs? Ever needed the perfect reaction GIF for that one meme you love? (We've all been there.) Take this class to learn how you can make one yourself! I'll take you through the entire process of animating hand-drawn characters and lettering in Photoshop, from rough test runs to exporting. It's a lot easier than you might think!


Character Design Crash Course: Develop Expressive Characters Through Caricature


In this course, I focus on all things caricature and how it relates to character design. Spoiler alert: you can’t have character design without caricature. The principals and ideas overlap so much that I believe it is absolutely necessary to study caricature in order to become a great character designer. I’ll take you through my process for creating a traditional caricature of a real person, as well as share some exercises that should, hopefully, help make starting a caricature a little less intimidating, and which can help you apply the principles you’ll learn to your own original characters.


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