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Melanie Matthews

Melanie is an illustrator and letterer who specialises in creating fun images for kids.

After a brief stint as a jazz musician, Melanie went on to study Fine Art and then Illustration at Chisholm TAFE. She secured her first real job right after graduating, and has been drawing for a living full time ever since.

Her art is inspired by illustrators from the 40’s and 50’s, and driven by a love of animals and the natural world. Melanie’s work is made by combining traditional painting techniques with digital media, and when she’s not at the computer she enjoys painting and drawing with ink.

Beyond work, Melanie is a keen swimmer and usually spends her evenings cooking and reading non-fiction.


Melanie Matthews.

Place of Birth:

Melbourne, Australia.

Currently Living in:

Melbourne, Australia.

Train, bus, bike, or other:

My own two feet!

What's the most important object in your studio?

My hands, I suppose, 'cause if I didn't have them I would have to draw with my face.

Paper or Plastic?

Paper, it's easier to digest.

If you could resurrect one no longer living person to have lunch with, knowing you will have to return them to the grave right after coffee, who would it be?

Julia Child! As long as I don't have to make lunch for her though.

Preferred method of dealing with an encounter with an acquaintance whose name you can't remember.

Erm, run away!

Why don't you flip the tortoise over, Leon?

Tortoise? Is that like a turtle?

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

As much wood that a woodchuck would chuck if a chuck would woodchuck chuck wood could. Wait, what?

Favourite client so far?

Toys R Us.

Favourite imaginary client?


How does your mother describe your profession?

With a great deal of pride. Thanks Mum!

Coffee or tea?

Neither, just water for me, thanks.

What's your earliest drawing memory?

Drawing dinosaurs on my parents' important work documents.

How do you prefer to spend your mornings?

Up early with a cup of juice and a good book.