Melissa De Nobrega

Graphic designer & Illustrator



Forest Growth

First step, sketch!

The concept: a woman grown from the forest with horns resembling ginger roots or antlers. Below is my preliminary sketch – I decided to skip the inking stage this time but I'll give it a go in my next project.


I had such a strong visual image of the character in my head that I got a bit too excited and jumped the gun.

What happened?

I stopped following the fabulous instructions from our teacher and started using painting techniques that I had learned previously to start building up form. 

It wasn't long before I realised that I wouldn't be able to follow along with the rest of the classes if I kept this up, so naturally, I backtracked.

Below I've included a compilation of screenshots from both processes, because although I didn't end up using the greyscale one, it was a good warm up. I struggled immensley when painting in the red and actually had to do this step about 3 or 4 times before I got something that I believed I could work with.


I managed to keep everything in layers which made it incredibly easy to build up my character in sections. I did the face first, then arms and chest, then hair, then horns. Some more process shots:


I've definitely learned a lot from these classes. The one thing that really stood out to me was the secondary light source. It's something I've never really considered before. I'm so taken with it that I've included a comparison of the before and after (look for the little green highlights).


And here's the final product for your beautiful eyes to behold:


So in the end, I've created a peice that looks nothing like what I had originally envisioned (darn!) but I'm sooo super content with the new techniques and process that I've learned. I can't wait to give it another shot.

Thanks so much for checking out my work! All of your comments and criticisms are extremely welcome.



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