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Melanie Reim

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.

Materials
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

melreim@nyc.rr.com

Website:
www.sketchbookseduction@blogspot.com


 

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