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Portrait of Amy Schumer for Printers Row Magazine

Michele Melcher

Illustration is like opening a present - you never know who or what you will be asked to draw. This week I was super excited to be asked to draw comedian, Amy Schumer, whom I adore! The portrait is for the cover of this weeks' Chicago Tribune Printers Row Magazine and supports the review of Schumer's new memoir, "The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo".

Cover portrait of author, Mary Roach for Chicago Tribune Printers Row Magazine.

Michele Melcher

Mary Roach Portrait

Years ago at an old place of work, a co-worker who had gotten to know me and my fascination with morbid science gave me a book that they had read titled, "Stiff: the Curious Lives of Human Cadavers".  The author, Mary Roach, spun an informed and enthralling account of all of the different and sometimes interesting "adventures" that can happen to your body when you die and donate it to science. I won't go into detail (read the book!) but I will tell you that some of those things go far beyond your regular old medical student anatomy class dissection.

When I was asked to draw Mary Roach for this week's Printers Row Journal, I finally got to put a face with the woman who has written so many great scientific non fiction titles including, "Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife", "Gulp: Adventure on the Alimentary Canal" and other methodical tales that answer all of those questions in the back of your mind that you were always afraid to ask.

Her new book called, "Grunt, the Science of Humans at War", is featured in this week's Printers Row Magazine. I have not read the book but National Geographic Journalist, Simon Worrall describes, "War is Hell. Mary Roach met the folks who make it less so. These "white hat military scientists" try to keep soldiers alive and comfortable."

 

Printers Row Magazine cover featuring illustrated portrait of Mary Roach.

Printers Row Magazine cover featuring illustrated portrait of Mary Roach.

Portrait of Chelsea Clinton for Chicago Tribune Printers Row Journal

Michele Melcher

Here is a portrait of Chelsea Clinton that I did for this week's Chicago Tribune Printers Row Journal. She has penned a book titled " It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired and Get Going!". The book, for young readers, discusses facts, charts, photographs and stories that give a deeper understanding of the world around us and how anyone can make a difference. It includes stories about young people who have made real changes big and small—in their families, communities, our country and across the world.

Chelsea Clinton portrait illustration for Chicago Tribune Printers Row Journal.

Chelsea Clinton portrait illustration for Chicago Tribune Printers Row Journal.

Chelsea Clinton Portrait

Chelsea Clinton Portrait

Portrait of Author, Adam Johnson, for Chicago Tribune - Printers Row Journal.

Michele Melcher

Here is a portrait illustration of Pulitzer Prize winning American novelist and short story author, Adam Johnson, that I did for this week's edition of Chicago Tribune Printers Row Journal. The article, written by Kevin Nance, is titled "'Fortune Smiles'... and Then What?" is about the author's thoughts and reflections on his latest collection of short stories. Below, is the cover of the journal, including the detail of the portrait. Enjoy!

Cover of Printers Row Journal.

Cover of Printers Row Journal.

Portrait of author, Adam Johnson.

Portrait of author, Adam Johnson.