Award winning illustrator, Melinda Fabian, creates realistic, yet whimsical paper sculptures that brightens each viewer’s day. Melinda has more than 30 years of experience as a freelance illustrator for magazines and publishing companies, created an award-winning line of Can You Find?® hidden object greeting cards, games and jigsaw puzzles.
Melinda’s signature art features paper sculpture designs, which combine watercolor and gouache illustrations and three-dimensional hand-sculpted paper elements into one-of-a-kind art pieces. These new designs literally jump off the page, causing viewers to do a double take upon realizing they’re not just flat paintings.
"In 2012, I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and didn’t have the energy to continue with my illustrating," says Melinda. "During my recovery, I explored new options for my art and combined my love of paper with my love of illustration and began to experiment with paper sculpture. The results are my 3D paper sculptures that are painted to give them the illusion of being real."
Each piece is made entirely out of paper — from the little ants marching across the stem of a flower to the sand on the beach. Every detail in the paintings is given careful attention.
With a dash of humor to touch the hearts of those who experience her work, Melinda seamlessly blends paper and paint to bring her artwork to life. Her paper sculpture illustrations have won awards in many galleries.
"I love taking a simple sheet of paper, cutting, folding, bending, and forming it into unique shapes and creating life-like objects. I find most of my inspiration from nature and you will see that influences many of my pieces. Much of the work is tedious and takes many hours, however I get lost in the creation — I enjoy it that much. The really rewarding part is that when I’m finished, the reaction from those who see my work can’t believe it’s just paper. That’s how I know a piece is successful."
Melinda is a member of SCBWI, MPSGS, MASF and holds a BFA in Communication Design from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.