My name is Melissa B.K. I'm an artist, blogger, first nations and goth. Married to a Dragon and have a fur daughter Lavender aka Boo! as in ghost. I am a professional digital artist, but also use polymer clay, marker and pencil crayon.
I have worked for some large and small business', done charity work and volunteered. I have past knowledge in digital media including animation, graphic and web design.
I received a traumatic brain and spinal cord injury years back, so I am unable to work a normal job. I suffer from seizures, vertigo and chronic pain. I am sensitive to motion so alot of reading, writing and drawing can trigger symptoms. However I keep busy with projects here and there at my own pace. It helps with brain and eye recovery.
I started my studio back almost 20 years ago, in my early college days on a free hosting site darksites.com. Then got my first domain at gothickangel.net and finally a Canadian domain.
Since then have added my polymer clay Kreature Kollection, and the Darknight Manga included in it. My artwork balances both light and dark. The world seen and unseen is made up of both. Darkness doesn't always mean evil and light not always divine.
I make polymer clay dolls, charms and more. I create illustrations, logos and digital media including animation and shorts. My artwork balances light and darkness within our world and beyond it. Light does not always mean divine, dark not always evil.
Tools of the Trade:
Mixed Medium: Prismacolor Pencil Crayons, Prismacolor Markers and Staedtler Graphite Pencils. Polymer clay and Acrylic paint. Digital: Blender (for video editing), Illustrator, InDesign. Photoshop, Clip Studio (previously called Manga Studio) and my ancient Wacom Drawing Tablet.
My prints are based on my own original anime characters, dreams and imagination. I like to work within the genres of native, new age, spiritual, horror, fantasy and the supernatural.
My clay dolls are created by hand as with my other pieces. Then sold 'empty' meaning without energy or a soul within, so that the one who acquires it may 'make their own'. As with the other clay item.
I am working hard at making my manga now. Its called Darknight. It has been my dream, since the days I watched really bad dubbed anime on 80s TV to have my own anime.
Some of my original characters are: Lily Knight and Seryhon. I based those on reaccuring dreams and people I know. The Gothickangel OC is based on myself.
In Elementary School, used computers in the pre Windows days of DOS. Sketched in my art books using pencils and Laurentien pencil crayons. A new course for desktop publishing was offered in grade 6 took that.
In High School the new technology wing opened up. Took digital media, animation, website coding, graphic design and advertising.
Went off to College got a diploma in graphic design and illustration. Then a certificate in interactive multimedia and Adobe InDesign.
Helped my mom paint her ceramics on and off throughout the years. Have worked with air dry clay and red clay, hand dug from the ground and polymer clay.
In the past I have done website design, graphic design, print, digital media, animation and more. Since then self taught to keep up in technology and techniques in my artwork. I have worked for some large known tech companies and business', start ups and volunteered. Such as Lionbridge Technologies, Pathways Consulting Group Inc, Niagara College, Royal LePage and more.