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"Tis the Season - Do We Really Take the Time to Enjoy Each Other?

Michele Melcher

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Here is an illustration that I just did for the December issue of Main Line Today. The article describes how the stress of the holidays - deadlines, shopping, forced-fun holiday work functions, family events etc. can actually make you question whether or not you are really enjoying your time spent together. 

I thought a fun take on the story would be to show the "The Family Holiday Dinner", with many of the different personalities that might be in attendance. There are the misbehaving children, disengaged surly teenagers, the wine snob relative who knows everything, the relative who always starts a political rant, the annoyed relative who doesn't want to be there in the first place, the host who is just trying to make everyone happy and good old grandma, just smiling and taking it all in.

Personally, I really do enjoy the holidays. I love seeing friends and getting together with family who live far away. I like the decorations, the parties, the food, giving and (of course!) receiving gifts! I know that there will always be snafus with the whirlwind of activity that can get annoying and understand that some people really do not enjoy the season because of any list of reasons. Anyway, I hope that you all have a good holiday. Or at least fake having a good one. Or maybe just fly off to Anguilla and avoid the whole thing! :)

PS - I was definitely the disengaged surly teenager. Happy Holidays!

Illustrations for Philadelphia City Paper, "People Who Died 2014".

Michele Melcher

A few weeks ago I was approached by the Philadelphia City Paper to illustrate the cover and corresponding story for their annual "People Who Died" issue.  Thanks to Brenna and Lillian at CityPaper for the art direction and for this opportunity. I am honored to have worked on this assignment that represents these individuals who touched so many lives in the Philadelphia community and beyond.

You can read parts one, two and three of the full article with the accompanying illustrations here.

 

Cover Illustration: Gloria Casarez  - Civil rights activist and LGBT liaison to the Nutter administration in Philadelphia.

Cover Illustration: Gloria Casarez - Civil rights activist and LGBT liaison to the Nutter administration in Philadelphia.

Chuck Stone  - Columnist

Chuck Stone - Columnist

Rich Nichols  - Band manager of The Roots.

Rich Nichols - Band manager of The Roots.

Tom Gola  - Basketball star and politician.

Tom Gola - Basketball star and politician.

Joyce Craig-Lewis  - Firefighter for the City of Philadelphia.

Joyce Craig-Lewis - Firefighter for the City of Philadelphia.

Tony Auth  - Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist.

Tony Auth - Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist.

Fritz Blank  -Owner and executive chef of the legendary Deux Cheminées restaurant in Philadelphia.

Fritz Blank -Owner and executive chef of the legendary Deux Cheminées restaurant in Philadelphia.