Melissa Schatzmann is a self-taught pencil realist artist. Her passion for Realistic Pencil Drawing started at a young age with being influenced by Canada’s well-known artist, Robert Bateman and Belgium’s wildlife artist, Carl Brenders. While she mainly uses graphite and coloured pencil as her medium of choice, she also enjoys working with pastel and charcoal pencils. Her subjects range from wildlife, children, people, pets and nature.
Melissa teaches children’s drawing classes in her home every weekend and after school. Melissa has taught realistic pencil drawing classes through Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario for the past 16 years. In 2003, she designed Canada’s first online pencil drawing classes that were being offered through Community Colleges. These classes are offered throughout the year in 3 semesters in both pencil & colored pencils and can be registered in over 13 community Ontario colleges.
Her pencil drawings have been published in a high school textbook through McGraw-Hill Ryerson as well as an international promotional brochure through Sakura Products of America for her earlier work in pointillism. Her coloured pencil work has also been on the front cover of Ann Kullberg’s magazine, From My Perspective. Melissa continues to be amazed by the wonderment’s of the world around her in creating true-life drawings of people, nature and animals in her work. She achieves high realism in each of her pencil drawings in paying close attention to detail in capturing the essence of her subjects. You can view Melissa’s Pencil Drawings in her online gallery.