Saturday, 30 March 2013


    Sirene! Don't you just love that word. Well, I certainly do. Anyway here is a drawing that I spent a bit of yesterday and today working on, both hand drawn and in Photoshop. And yes, it is a mermaid [sirene].
Illustration by Melissa Gaggiano.

Friday, 29 March 2013

Turning a New Style

    One of the artists that I absolutely heart happens to be Marguerite Sauvage. I love the freehand style of her work. She is such an inspiration to me so imagine how happy I was to discover an online Photoshop tutorial for one of her drawings - 
Marguerite Sauvage tutorial available at Digital Arts.

    There are many art tutorials to be found online and in magazines. But it is utterly thrilling when someone you admire freely shares insight into their work practices.

    The below illustration was my result from following Marguerite's 'tute'. It was a fantastic learning experience. Thank you Marguerite.

Melissa's tutorial result.

    To find out more about Marguerite Sauvage you can find her:

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Tuesday, 26 March 2013


    I created this with my daughter's paint session leftovers...

Art by Melissa Gaggiano

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Cute T Tweet

    I have a cute new shirt design available at Red Bubble. Do you like pretty lil' birdies? Yes! Check it out right here.

Shirt cover art by Melissa Gaggiano.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Assignation 6 of 12

    I can relax for about 2 minutes. Today I handed in my sixth assignment for the photography course I am currently undergoing. This module was all about portraiture. It took me a little longer than usual to complete, but it is done and I am oh so ready to move onto the next chapter of this course. Module 7 of 12, here I come.
    Following are my assignment pieces for module 6...

Photography by Melissa Gaggiano.

Photography by Melissa Gaggiano.

Photography by Melissa Gaggiano.

Photography by Melissa Gaggiano.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Rainbow Check

    Some more work from 'a drawing a day'. Though technically not a drawing a day, I did spend three days filling in this page. So I was drawing some each day.

Sketch by Melissa Gaggiano.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Another Bouquet

iPad cover design by Melissa Gaggiano.

    I have added another piece to my Flowers for Mademoiselle collection, which is available as an iPad cover.

Lantern Snapshot

    I have been working on a new lantern inspired illustration. Here is a small snapshot of a much bigger piece.

Illustration by Melissa Gaggiano.

Young Parisienne

    A drawing a day continues. This time I was inspired by the film Hugo. My illustration bares striking resemblance to the young lady in  that film.

Sketch by Melissa Gaggiano.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

A Great Moment

    Perfect girl! Perfect light! A perfect moment captured... Sometimes photography magic happens when you least expect it. Some moments aren't planned, but when you see it, you just know you've got to snap away. Because that moment won't come again.

Photography by Melissa Gaggiano.

Photography by Melissa Gaggiano.

Photography by Melissa Gaggiano.

Photography by Melissa Gaggiano.

Best of All

    A drawing a day continues...
Sketch by Melissa Gaggiano.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Flowers for Mademoiselle

iPhone cover design by Melissa Gaggiano.

    I have a range of new prints available at Red Bubble. It is a floral collection titled Flowers for Mademoiselle. The prints are available on cards and iPhone/iPod cases. Check it out now!

A Drawing a Day

Inspired by Evie and her month of drawing project, I am making an effort to spend a few minutes of each day drawing. Not always an easy thing to accomplish. But if I wake up before my daughters then I can get this exercise out of the way before the day has even started.

Sketch by Melissa Gaggiano

Of Cats & Flowers

    I have a few drawing projects on the go at the moment. One of those has been conceptualising a cat doll with a flower print that I designed all by my little ole self. If time allows I'll try to mock up the doll this week. 

Concept by Melissa Gaggiano.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

A Day of Interest

    One of my interests is photography. Today I took quite a lot of photos. There were so many that I couldn't possibly post them all here. But I thought I'd share two interesting shots.

Photography by Melissa Gaggiano.

Photography by Melissa Gaggiano.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Mademoiselle Meow

    Just now, while doodling in my sketch book I came up with this gorgeous concept for a plush cat doll. What do you think? Potential much?

Sketches by Melissa Gaggiano.


    Word of the day is... enjoy.

Illustration by Melissa Gaggiano.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

All Lit Up

Photography by Melissa Gaggiano.

    Thanks to a photography tip from Carla Coulson I got the lit-over-the-shoulder shot that I was after.

Four Lanterns

Art by Melissa Gaggiano.
    Lanterns have long held a fascination for me. And quite recently I had a strong image of bright orange lanterns  stuck in my head. So I began an illustration based on this image.
Art by Melissa Gaggiano.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Katey Brooch

Illustration by Melissa Gaggiano.

    It is a wonderful feeling when inspiration returns. I am energised and work quickly. Yesterday I flipped through one of my sketch books and found a cartoon portrait I had done many months back. A wave of inspiration hit me and I just knew this face needed to be seen. Her name is Katey Brooch and she can be printed off, for the purpose of scrap booking or turned into a badge. The choice is up to you. Yo ho!

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Of Owls and Pirates

    March would appear a time of change. A new month clicks over and the weather suddenly realises that it is not meant to be hitting us with 35° plus days. Thank the goddess for the cool change. 
    The other day, wanting an opportunity to do something crafty with my eldest I found a wonderfully easy paper owl activity. Together we made a team - I cut, my eldest glued. We now have four paper owls decorating her bed and she has plans to add more owls to her collective. We'll probably be doing that next week.

    Click here for the paper owl tutorial.

    I have also been designing and sewing a pirate costume for my eldest's pirate dress up day coming up at kinder. I made a pair of elasticated pants, a sleeveless jacket and a felted heart eye patch. I am pleased to say that not an extra cent was spent, as I used the materials already in my possession.

Original pirate concept.

Finished pirate garment.