Melissa Diaz graduated from the
Maryland Institute College of Art in May, 2005.
She majored in Illustration, minored in Art Education
and took a concentration in Experimental Animation.
Melissa's Masters year was cut short due to an
exciting opportunity in the illustration field.
Shortly after she graduated, Hot Topic picked
up her Precious Miseries series. Around the same
time, an entertainment company expressed an interest
in her character, StiTcheS.
While Melissa and Hot Topic are not currently
working together anymore, Precious Miseries dolls
are still being sold through their stores. Melissa
is working with an advertising agency to help
further her knowledge in the business of art,
while still attempting to keep Precious Miseries
and StiTcheS alive and flourishing. In her spare
time, she is also continuing to create original
stories and art.
Although Melissa's most notable
work is Precious Miseries, she does not consider
it her best creation. Melissa finds more pleasure
in art that holds a deeper meaning for her, which
you can view in her illustration portfolios.
An Artist's Personal Note
Many people have asked me 'how did
you get so good?' or 'were you just born with
talent?' While I'd like to pretend that I am a
complete natural at art, that would be a lie.
I was rarely the 'best' artist in class. In middle
and the first half of high school I was considered
'average'. When I transferred into a different
high school for my last two years, I was inspired
and driven by the new art program and improved
my skills rapidly. At that point I felt I was
'above average', but because of my upbringing
I knew there was still much to learn.
My frame of thought was confirmed
when I went to college and became an amatuer again;
I wasn't even in the top 500 of the 'best' at
MICA. Everyone in every class seemed to be better
in many ways. So, 'how did I get to be so good'
you wonder? I worked harder than I had ever worked
in my entire life. While people partied, went
to bars or spent time on relationships, I worked
to further my artistic skills. Revising a quote
from August Rush, "I love art more than I
love food"; and trust me when I say that
I love food.
I do believe that I was born with
talent, but perhaps, instead of being purely artistic,
it is a talent for drive, passion and fierce determination.
If I'm not good at something I want to excel in,
I will work day and night, as long as neccesary,
in order to surpass it. In art you cannot get
something for nothing. If you are like me, not
born an artistic genius, you are going to have
to want it more than anyone; you'll have to work
for it harder and longer than everybody else you