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Michele Melcher Illustration, Philadelphia based illustrator, artist, painter.


Unselfies for The Ivy Group, building portraits.

Michele Melcher

When I first launched TheUnselfieProject campaign on Kickstarter, I was not quite sure what to expect. Would enough people even be interested in the project for it to reach the funding goal and even happen? After the first 3 days of the campaign, it was apparent that with 20 something days left it WOULD definitely be happening.  There were a ton of people signing up and I would soon have my hands and schedule full of Unselfie goodness. Most backers ordered a one piece Unselfie but there were actually many backers and businesses who ordered package deals.

The first of the businesses to come up in TheUnselfieProject queue is The Ivy Group a full service marketing and advertising agency based out of Charlottesville, VA. Chris Fitzgerald, Creative Production Manager of The Ivy Group sent me photos of the whole office and this is the result! I love love the way that they turned out.

The Ivy Group

The Ivy Group

When I work on a multi-order job, it is important for me to keep the look cohesive. I have found that making an "assembly line" of sorts helps to keep things like line quality and color (or, in this case value)  synonymous. It's step by step, and it's kind of like "building" a portrait as opposed to drawing one. I created these 10 portraits doing every step at the same time. My first step is always to ink every face with the basic black outline. Then I usually go in and lay down the base skin color, then the dark shadows of the face and work back to the light highlights. After that I do the hair and clothing and finally go back into the final ink an add depth and weight to the outline where it's needed. Every artist works differently but this is what works for me.

Thankfully, my new mac and the latest Photoshop allow me to to have tons of files open at once, without crashing the system which makes a HUGE difference when working this way. I look forward to posting the next business (already being INKED!) soon. Until then, keep checking out TheUnselfieProject gallery as it grows!