For over twenty years, reportage has been the basis of my art and
my teaching. Based in a studio in NYC, the world has become my expanded
studio as I record the life and cultures of the countries I visit.
I have a particular interest in documenting the lives of working women,
and have a spent a great deal of time in and around the sugar cane
fields in the Dominican Republic.
Melanie Reim is an award-winning illustrator with a sketchbook never
far from her side.
Since earning her MFA in Illustration from Syracuse University, she
has illustrated for book publishers, advertising agencies, museums,
magazines and major corporations.
Melanie has taught drawing and illustration on both graduate and undergraduate
levels both in the US and abroad. She is the chairperson of the MFA
in Illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York,
where she also teaches in the undergraduate illustration department.
Her visual journals have been the subject of articles published out
of London, UK, as well as Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic, her
documentary work is part of the Air Force Art Collection in the Pentagon
in Washington, DC and is also featured in several books about drawing
and illustration. Her work has appeared in many solo and group exhibitions.
Melanie is a 2006 Fulbright Scholar and is the recipient of a 2010
SUNY Chancellor’s Award.
Melanie is on the Board of Directors at The Society of Illustrators
in New York City as Education Chair, has served on the Board of Directors
for ICON 6 and ICON 7, where she advocates for the rich and well-rounded
education of illustration students everywhere, as they are the future
of the industry.
When Melanie takes to location, her portable studio goes with her!
She carries with her a supply of cartridge pens, a variety of soft
graphite pencils, charcoal pencils, conté, watercolor, gouache,
water-soluble crayons and sometimes, scissors and glue. She also carries
samples of her favorite artists for inspiration. It is hard to say
how a location might strike her, but being prepared to take on the
inspiration from not only the environment, but also from textiles,
art work, and surrounding textures always provides stimulus. One might
often find Melanie simply planted on the ground, in the midst of whatever
she is drawing, and once there, she is in her element, the zone. Reim
draws direct, with speed and enthusiasm - no headphones, only the
music and sounds of what surrounds her so that the memory resonates
whenever looking back.
You can see her drawings at sketchbookseduction.blogspot.com