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Magic the Gathering Shivan Dragon, Nightmare and Lord of AtlantisThe three stages of a role playing portrait commission.
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Let me offer you a different kind of reality. One where everything is possible all the time. If you can imagine it, you can have it. Even if it breathes fire. I can do this because I am an artist.

I am fantasy illustrator Melissa A Benson. I have been painting professionally for over 25 years. I specialize in anthropomorphic and mythical creatures themes and role playing portraits. This is why I was a good fit for Magic the Gathering when it first came out, and how I became one of the original artists for that game. The three iconic characters I did for the alpha set were Nightmare, Shivan Dragon and the Lord of Atlantis.

You will find prints, sketches, and playmats as well as discussions on art on this site. I also sell my images in several print-on-demand shops like, There all manner of things available on these sites. T-shirts, greeting cards, labels, ties and stamps are all good examples. In the Zazzle shops, you can customize the product with your name or text, and upload your photos onto various things.
I keep the site up to date with my current personal projects in the Works in Progress section. This gets updated as my work schedule allows. So come and explore this site, drop me an email to let me know what you think, or to ask questions about products, pricing or anything really. I'm always looking for good content for the blog that you will find interesting. 
Thanks for stopping by,  Melissa

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