Women in Comics – Adriana Melo

Adriana Melo is one of those artists I just love. I own a few pages from Birds of Prey and the clean lines and expressive faces delight me. She was lovely enough to answer our questions.

How did you get into comics?

I always loved comics but, at first my dream was to work in comic book for kids. What made me change my mind was a school essay focused on SUPER HEROES. Them I passed to read that kind of book and fell in love.  A few days later, I’ve read an interview with a Brazilian comic book artist, in which he gave some advices and tips on how to improve your work(constant training, study of anatomy etc). Then I’ve spent a lot of time studying in books and magazines at home( principles of anatomy, studying the work my favorite artist~~>Alan Davies). This same artist, a year later, was in a panel on our local Comic Con in which he would talk about his work and assessment portfolios. I went there, showed my drawing and sketches, he liked my portfolio enough to put me in contact with his agent, that a little later, became my agent too. ;)

That’s how it all began.

Tell us a bit about the projects you’ve worked on:

I’ve done a little bit of everything in a lot of different publishers… “Witchblade”- a very fun run to me; “Miss Marvel” battling ton of Super duper Skrulls; “Star Wars: Empire”drawing Han Solo….*sigh* good times; “Birds of Prey” some issues + covers; “Rose &Thorn” a mini series from DC and my first time working with Gail Simone; “Jackpot”; and… in fact a lot more but right now I can’t remember.

What is your favourite work that you’ve done so far?

Hmm… I think “TALES OF THE SINESTRO CORPS PRESENTS: PARALLAX”. I liked this one-shot in special for Ron Marz script, where I could not just work on the pages but in a few sketches that were included in the book, as Kyle Rayner’s work. OH yes, I have to include here Witchblade,  I had loads of fun working on this book.

Did you ever get advice about the field that you’d like to pass on? 

When I was a newbie and was pretty much insecure about what I was drawing, if it was was good or not, a fellow artist gave me this piece of advice: If you are insure about the quality of your work, give a step back and try to evaluate it as another person. Not as a friend, not as your mother, just some random person, which just stumbled in your page and are NOT aware of how many hours you’ve spent working, or how much effort you put in there. Try to see your work as someone else.  When you spent like… hours drawing something, you tend to get blind to minor mistakes. Trying to see it as another person helps to fix it.

* What is your favourite thing to write or draw? From situations to characters to themes, anything goes.

My fave thing to draw I have to say that are close ups. I love taking the time thinking about which lighting to use, trying to add some kind of emotion to it (anger, sadness etc), researching for good references etc. About subjects, anything magic like witches, fairies, energy bolts, explosions and stuff like that are awesome. Basically because I can play around with light sources and loads of shadows, which to me are fun to draw. About a theme, I WOULD LOVE to draw something in the “Lord of The Rings” universe. Orks, warlocks, dwarfs,knights, dragons and stuff like that.

In an ideal world, in what direction would you like to see your project evolve?

In a ideal world? I would like to draw an awesome issue, fully detailed, inked and painted by me, about “LotR” and have it finished within 15 days. And just spend the rest of my month  playing Minecraft, Battlefield, Uncharted, Arkham City, going to movies and watching my fave DVDs. \o/ #justkidding.

Links to your work:


And finally your last thought:

My thought at this very minute, looking to my DASHBOARD: “How long until ‘THE AVENGERS’ premieres? Can’t wait anymore….”

About Dee

Officially a Canastralian. Longtime comic fan, and lover of the graphic medium. Grey up with the X-Men and Avengers, and moved to the world of DC and independents shortly after. Cosplayer, Costumer, and all around crafty person. Loves to travel and works her butt off for a number of conventions here in Oz.
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