Hello! My name is Melissa Peterson. I live in San Antonio, Texas with my family. I am a student at The Oatley Academy of Visual Storytelling. Recently, I have completed a mentorship course with former Disney visual development artist Chris Oatley called Brush to the Future, a digital painting technique and lighting class . Other courses that I have taken at The Oatley Academy are: First Flight, for visual development and Magic Box, a digital painting course. Currently, I am enrolled in The Story Tellers Summit at OA and Proko's anatomy course.
I have worked as a graphic artist for sixteen years. My passion is storytelling through characters and imaginary worlds. My focus now is on visual development and illustration. Sixteen years as a graphic artist gave me an extensive knowledge of illustration skills, layout design, character design, and cell development for animation. “The One of a Kind Golden Rock,” is a children's book that I wrote and illustrated. In addition, “Lilythrop" by Susan Taylor is another book that I illustrated.
To stay connected to the real world, I coach figure skating part time. As a registered coach with the United States Figure Skating Association, I am gifted through the knowledge I receive through the eyes of my students. Without them, I would not know how wonderful people are from different walks of life. I apply what I have learned about the body in motion from figure skating to character design. It is through people and God's creations that I am inspired to create.
Feel free to contact me for freelance work at firstname.lastname@example.org.