Melissa Saunders

     Mae Govannen! Welcome to my gallery...I'm pleased you have stopped by and I hope you will enjoy the things you see here. Though I  draw various fantasy creatures, this gallery is for my faeries, elves, mermaids, dragons and other beings of mythology. What you see here is only a small selection of my work - to see more, I invite you to visit my website.Like many artists, I have been drawing since I could hold a pencil. All through grade school teachers and family encouraged me to draw by asking for pictures. When I was in 8th grade a teacher told me to "think animation", and by the time I graduated high school, I was already enrolled at the Art Institute of Phoenix. I attended it for 2 years to learn computer animation and graduated with an Associate's Degree. However, though my training was centered around 3D animation, my true passion lies in just setting pencil (or pen or marker) to paper...I'm not much of a computer whiz and I've found that creating artwork by hand comes much more naturally to me.I am greatly inspired by Nature...plants, animals, seasons, elements. I also love all things elven, faerie, and of course Lord of the Rings related! My favorite animals are wolves and rats, so they show up in my artwork often. I'm very much into wings of all types...especially butterfly and feathered ones. Style-wise I love Art Nouveau and Celtic knotwork.A few things about me...I am originally from Kansas, but I now live in Arizona and I think it's way too HOT here! I love animals, and now work at Petsmart. I have several rats, all of which are spoiled rotten. I am Wiccan, which means my spirituality is based on Nature. I love mythology, especially Native American, and the study of totems and animal medicine fascinates me greatly.  If you are interested in buying a print or commissioning me for some original artwork, please visit my website:    I like Nature/Animals (especially wolves and rats), Wicca, SCA, Renaissance Faire, Belly Dancing, Fantasy, and of course, Drawing. Favourite movies Lord of the Rings trilogy, Labyrinth, Legend, Willow, The Dark Crystal, The Neverending Story...all the usual 80's fantasy movies. Favourite books The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion Favourite music Nightwish, Inkubus Sukkubus, Disturbed, Gorillaz, and any kind of world music but especially celtic, native american or belly dancing music, and also techno.