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Hello everyone! I have been on hiatus for a while now.

I am happy to inform you that I was studying in Grad school and recently received my Masters in Art Education. Now I can teach art in public schools from K-12 (and also college level).

Don't worry, I'll still be making comics and illustrations! I'll be uploading some here but feel free to follow me and check out some of my recent works at the following:

Twitter: @melissa.dejesus01 and my studio @secrettier

Tumblr (School art): Miss Melissa DeJesus

Tapastic (comic series): Welcome to Kiyat Games

                                    Dual Layered

If you are interested in supporting my animation and video work, check out Patreon. I'll also be providing tutorials for some of my art:

Dual Layered on Patreon

See you all around!

PS If you've written me, and I haven't responded. Please send me another message!

Peace!
Yeah, I should really update more often but I guess in the weeks or even months in between I'm usually working on the same projects.
Sometimes it just takes a few months for something to get off the ground.

Anyway, the Santa Versus Dracula comic is behind schedule and I'm afraid I won't have a printed book in time for the holidays. I still have about 36 pages left and I'm working hard on getting it done asap.
The best I can do if have a downloadable comic in time for Christmas. I'll keep my fingers crossed on that.

And while I'm finishing up with Santa, I do have a new project coming up and hopefully soon, I can post art and news about it here.

In the meantime, hope everyone has a splendid holiday!

See you all soon with good news and better updates!

Mel
Hey everyone, I can't believe it's been 9 months since I've last been on DeviantArt. Since the start of the new year a lot of things have been going on and I've been quite busy with life in general.
As for projects, I'm working on finishing the graphic novel, Santa versus Dracula, and hopefully will have pre-orders ready for the holiday season! :-D

I'll be working on new projects once this is done so I'll try my best to update more often!
Thanks for all the comments and watches while I was gone!

Best to all,
Melissa
Special Thank You by MistressMiel

I'll start the season with a special thank you to all the backers who made a pledge for the Santa Vs Dracula comic I will be working on.
I'll be working on it from now until the holiday season of 2012 where I should hopefully have a completed full color graphic novel ready for purchase.

Lots of work to be done!
X-mas ornaments, greeting cards, posters, signed book, original art and even an appearance in the book as an elf or vampire are some of the rewards you get for donated to our Kickstarter project!

There's 33 hours left and we're at 88%. ---> kck.st/tA8HPI

You can make it happen!
Even if you can't donate, spread the word!

Thanks for all your support!

Mel
The writer and I are trying to raise some money so we can work on finishing Santa vs Dracula as a full color comic.
We posted our project on Kickstarter and we're really close to reaching our goal but we have just 5 days left!

If your interested in the project and you would like to donate, you can get some cool rewards! You can check them out at the link below:

Kickstarter page ---->  kck.st/tA8HPI

If you are interested but cannot donate, you just spread the word and help make it happen! <3
As a treat, here's a link to an animated teaser trailer I did a while back:

Animated short ------>  www.aniboom.com/animation-vide…

And some of the characters featured in the comic!

Santa versus Dracula character sheet 1 by MistressMiel

Thanks for your interest and support!

Much Love,
Melissa
Detective Dee Page 01 by MistressMiel Detective Dee Page 02 by MistressMiel Detective Dee Page 03 by MistressMiel
Detective Dee Page 04 by MistressMiel Detective Dee page 05 by MistressMiel Detective Dee Page 06 by MistressMiel

I have all the preview pages up for viewing!

The comic is still currently being featured in a contest on Facebook:
Facebook American vs Manga Competition

So head on over, take a look and vote (for me!)  XD
Detective Dee page 05 by MistressMiel

Hey all!

For the next two weeks I'll be in a contest on Facebook:
Detective Dee : Manga vs American Comic Contest
It's for a chance to make a graphic novel for the movie Detective Dee starring Andy Lau either in Manga or american style depending on votes! I, of course, am doing the Manga version. So you can head on over and vote for me! XD

I had a lot of fun working on this and hopefully once the contest is over I can upload the other sample pages!

More soon!

Thanks for reading!
Yeah, lame pun.

Anyway, work is comics and apparently I'm gravitating towards design and animation again in my free time. It's like some strange cycle.
Because the comic work I do is "work" I won't be posting any pages any time soon. In the meantime though, I've been fooling around with Illustrator and trying to animate again. Since I figured out how post animation, I'll be posting more of that here.

That is all. Back to the drawing desk.
  • Listening to: Children screaming outside my window.
  • Reading: News.
  • Watching: Twin Peaks
  • Playing: Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  • Eating: snacks
  • Drinking: Water
Still working on some other projects but I'm going to take some time out to draw stuff I haven't drawn in a while...like kid friendly stuff. I used to teach cartooning to kids and that's when I realized I didn't have many appropriate art pieces to show them.

Well, I'm just gonna get to drawing.
  • Listening to: Children screaming outside my window.
  • Reading: News.
  • Watching: Twin Peaks
  • Playing: Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  • Eating: snacks
  • Drinking: Water
I'm not blessed with central AC so it's been hard to work during the day. My laptop over heats and actually becomes hot to the touch.
Anyway, things have been kinda slow and I've been looking to re-locate my work space. Surely things will pick up soon. Crosses fingers.

Other than that, I've been working with Flash and some personal projects.  If I can figure out how to put GIF's on deviant art, I will do just that.

More soon.
  • Listening to: the heat in the air.
  • Reading: Game of Thrones
  • Watching: Sons of Anarchy
  • Playing: Ace Attorney
  • Eating: Sunflower seeds.
  • Drinking: Water
Commissions are open for a limited time only!

Here's how it works:

Send me a note or email requesting what you would like. I may either agree or decline. (I will decline graphic adult content, but sexy is acceptable if done tastefully.)
When agreed, we can discuss details of the image.
Once a final agreement has been made on design, I will then send you an invoice for services requested.
Payment will be recieved upfront via Paypal.

These are the rates:

$50 USD - Sketch
$75 USD - Black and white line art (digital inks)
$125 USD - Simple character color illustration (with simple bg or design)
+$15 USD - extra for each additional character
$175 USD - Full color illustration with full color background
+$25 USD - extra for each additional character

Chibi illustrations

$50 USD - inked and colored, no Background
+$15 USD - extra for each additional chibi
+$25 USD - for a background


Commission completion is estimated about 3-7 days.
When commission is done, I will email a hi-res digital copy only.

*Rules/Faq*
Please credit where credit is due.
All commissioned works are for personal use only and may be used on your website, deviant art page, desktop wallpaper, printed and framed in your home, etc. but please do not take credit.  Copyright for images are retained by me and may not be used for profit or personal gain.  If I'm commissioned to illustrate your character, you retain copyright of your character, not the image I'm commissioned for.

Any questions, please send a note or email me at:
extra.melicious@gmail.com
  • Listening to: silence.
  • Reading: Game of Thrones
  • Watching: Castle
  • Playing: Ace Attorney (I know I'm late to the party)
  • Eating: Food.
  • Drinking: Water
My laptop has no internal fan and the external one broke. I think its going to melt this summer.
But on a good note, I've been working on several new projects, ALL in the early stages. Hope all goes well!

Enjoy the summer!
  • Listening to: My cat cleaning himself.
  • Reading: Gossip online
  • Watching: GAME OF THRONES!!!
  • Playing: Ace Attorney (I know I'm late to the party)
  • Eating: Green Tea ice cream.
  • Drinking: Water
My laptop has no internal fan and the external one broke. I think its going to melt this summer.
But on a good note, I've been working on several new projects, ALL in the early stages. Hope all goes well!

Enjoy the summer!
  • Listening to: My cat cleaning himself.
  • Reading: Gossip online
  • Watching: GAME OF THRONES!!!
  • Playing: Ace Attorney (I know I'm late to the party)
  • Eating: Green Tea ice cream.
  • Drinking: Water
Yeah, I'm not good with frequent updates but I have been busy working on stuff. Hopefully I'll have a steady flow art uploaded soon.

For news, I'm working on a comic, 'Santa versus Dracula', with 'My Cage' writer Ed Power. We're in the middle of dealings right now, so more on that soon.
And speaking of 'My Cage', the comic strip is up and running on www.gocomics.com/mycage

I've also been working on some personal projects so although updates might be few in between, there's still a lot of work going on here.
  • Listening to: Noise pollution outside my window.
  • Reading: News online
  • Watching: Some anime...Madoka maho...something...
  • Playing: Monster Hunter Portable 3rd
  • Eating: Oh, that reminds me, I'm hungry.
  • Drinking: Water
A lot of unexpected things happened in the last few weeks, one of which was the cancellation of My Cage, the comic strip I was drawing. Very sad. Anyway, I'm going to try and update like I promised before but y'know, actions speak louder than words, so let me get to it.
  • Listening to: My cats wrestling.
  • Reading: The Mists of Avalon
  • Watching: Vampire Diaries
  • Playing: Red Dead Redemption
  • Eating: About to go look in the fridge....
  • Drinking: Tea, all the time!
I have quite a bit of art I'd like to upload but I backed up a lot of files and they're not easy to get to at the moment. In the meantime I've continued to work on new illustrations so when I do update, it'll be a mix of current and older art until I catch up.
  • Listening to: My ceiling fan.
  • Reading: The Chaos Theory
  • Watching: my monitor
  • Playing: Monster Hunter Tri!!!
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Tea, all the time!
Lately, I feel inadequate with my coloring work. I think I used to be good at coloring until the move to computer coloring. At first I didn't want to accept doing art on the PC because I really enjoy making art with my hands, something physical to create. Anyway, time goes by and because of other work I've done, I slipped back into having to learn the whole coloring process again, on the PC.
In short, I'm a bit rusty and need some time to get back to where I'd like to be. Especially with CG coloring. I'll be posting some works in progress not only for critique but also because I have trouble sitting down and finishing a colored piece. I usual don't like the way it ends up but with rough coloring work, I feel that I have given the information I wanted to tell and lose interest in working on it any further.

Anyway, I thought it would be interesting to post my progress here. I guess we'll see where it ends up.
  • Listening to: Humming....
  • Reading: The Chaos Theory
  • Watching: my monitor
  • Playing: Monster Hunter Tri!!!
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Tea, all the time!
For the first time in years I finally got a Deviantart account! Yay me!
  • Listening to: Music!
  • Reading: Comics
  • Watching: my cat
  • Playing: Monster Hunter
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Tea, all the time!