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Testimonials from happy clients

Thank you all for spreading the word. You guys are the best!

 

Hi Melissa, the print came in the mail. It's gorgeous! I really love the custom drawing. Thank you so so much. This really made my day. I'm looking forward to finding a nice frame and hanging up a piece of my childhood. Thank you!

Catie Vercammen-Grandjean, Campbell, CA


I received your box. Thank you so much. They are beautiful and amazing! So special! Thank you for doing such a great job and I can tell you really put time and ensured quality on every one.

Have a great weekend!

Rachel Clay, DuPont Washington


 I received the proofs in tact. They are absolutely stunning! Thanks again for everything Melissa. I can tell you put a lot of time and effort into these, and from your efforts you also produced a happy customer.

Kind regards!

Matt Cohen, California


Your artwork was delivered this morning and we are very happy with the results! We are especially impressed with the detail in the bookstore interior. I like your choice of red and yellow for SHS. The cover is beautiful.

Thank you very much!

Ellen Svengalis, Duneland Press, Connecticut


I opened up the package just now, and the paintings are just GORGEOUS! Thank you so much. Even more beautiful than I imagined! The detail is awesome! Thank you for taking the extra time to provide the CofA’s with the paintings pictured, and packing the paintings so carefully. They arrived in pristine condition.

Matt Cohen, California


Painting received safe and sound ! and I am very pleased with the result, you have improved the art. The clouds, mountain and backdrop are perfect! and so is the Pegasus I really like this version of your painting. The color blending is so smooth and the shadows are very well done. You have done it again, I am always very happy with your art. And I am sure this is not the last piece I will commission from you :D

Kasper Scharling, Denmark


I was first introduced to Melissa’s artwork while growing up playing Magic and had always wanted to commission a piece. Melissa was excellent to work with and was able to get everything I requested into my brother’s wizard-trait during the busy holiday season. She truly captured his likeness and was able to transform him from nerd to a full on wizard! She even incorporated his favorite bird and cat! Needless to say, my brother and I were ecstatic! Do not hesitate to contact her, she’ll work with your budget to make all your fantasy art dreams come true!

Adam Dalton, Massachusetts


I received my Nightmare recreation and I am awestruck at how fantastic it looks. In the larger size you can really see the detail in the face. The coloration is distinct and really showcases the art, and the frame helps bring it all together. The piece is going right up in my office.

Sean Shaw, Florida


I got my Shivan Dragon and Proofs today :D and waw ! the Shivan is even better then I imagined ! Its a true copy of the original, I cannot tell the difference. I am very pleased once again of how you do your reconstructions, so glad that I finally have both Nightmare and Shivan Dragon. Both remind me of my childhood and summer time, good memories.

Kasper Scharling, Denmark


Thanks for another super painting! The painting turned out beautifully with a great color scheme – I really like the use of softer hues here. They lend a peaceful sense to the scene. Great work on detailing, including the folds in the drapery and the jewelry. The eyes are really interesting, still piercing but somehow mellow at the same time.

David L, Maine


This art work you have delivered definitely makes me smile. I am confident that it will make everyone who passes through my home smile.

Andy Roth, Missouri


Wow – I can tell that you really did have a blast painting this! The armor’s color-scheme is surprising and eye-catching; I really like how you managed to combine elements of her usual clothing (from the references) with the armor. The muscular anatomy is spot-on, and the little touches (including the reflected colors on her sword and the cracked, weathered look of the column) are wonderfully realistic – can’t wait to see the painting in real life to appreciate them all better. Plus that piercing stare is pure wolf. It’s a new direction for my character, and I love how it turned out.

David L, Maine


Words cannot describe the beauty and marvel of the piece of art I have now bear witness. The sheer beauty of the color, the detail of the new background, and the new added scenery gives me a completely new impression of the Shivan Dragon. Thank you so much for doing this and I certainly look forward to contacting you again in the future to consult about additional pieces.

Joseph Rozell, New York


“I have searched for an artist who could bring my role-playing character to life. It’s not as easy as one would think, as a character travels the realms of fantasy in a game which has no graphics. There is no serious idea of what their character looks like in the “world” in which she roams.

I came upon Melissa’s site and stayed to look around. The design of the site is awesome, but what impressed me the most was Melissa’s willingness to accept commissions and her detailed information on pricing and how to submit a commission….and, of course, the artwork she displayed. I felt her interpretations had more than just an anime look.

So it began…a collaborative effort between me, the holder of the identity, and she the interpretive artist. Melissa presented me with a couple of rough sketches, based upon my initial description and was fully open to “tweaking” anything I wanted to change…from the shape of the face to the background, to the smallest detail!

What resulted was truly awesome! The portrait of Cullien DeChezeray is truly representative of my character and she is represented in such a way that anyone who plays the same RPG that I do would understand immediately.

Melissa did this!!! (With some input from me.)

The bottom line here is…Melissa is truly wonderful…willing to work with you and is friendly and real.

My only advice is to not rush the artist and you’ll never regret it. This was NOT what I’d consider an over-long commission…Melissa kept me informed every step of the way and worked with me to make my character come to life! She’s the BEST!”

Deborah Hartline, New York


I’d like to thank you for all your hard work on my book cover for “Blood Fountain”. Seeing the characters for my book become a work of art is truly amazing. It was fun to compare each sketch all the way up to the final finished result. Your use of color and dimension makes my book cover feel like each character is popping right off the page. I can imagine it pulling a reader right in and feeling like they are part of my story. I look forward to us working together again on my side/filler characters in the near future.

Cami Rosenberg-Dews, Connecticut


Melissa’s work blurs the line between Fantasy and Reality. Her work is so true to form and alive, that the viewer finds themselves forgetting they are seeing something that only exists in their minds. She has the ability to turn a daydream of an idea, into a full blown work of art. Her highly creative imagination may be the spark, but it is her artistic talent that makes these pieces live and breathe on their own. Fantasy becomes Reality when you own a piece of Melissa Benson’s art.
In business she takes her commitments seriously and is diligent with her schedules; often exceeding the expectations of the client’s own timeline. She is both flexible and generous with her creative ideas and is willing to curb her own hopes for a piece, in order to please her client. Collaborating on an original piece of art with Melissa is exciting, inspiring, and one I hope many more will be able to experience. I can only hope for our sake, that she never stops creating. ~

Amy Canby, Oregon


I write to confirm that I have received my order, and that I’m very glad for the result, the Nightmare painting is just the way I imagined it only better ;) hehe, I’m very glad and proud to be able to tell that its an original Melissa A. Benson painting. And I like the fact that there is small differences, that just shows that its hand painted and a one of a kind :D

Kasper Scharling, Denmark


“Just wanted to let you know that I’ve been getting a ton of enjoyment out of the Lord of Atlantis piece. It keeps growing on me. Commissioning my first piece of art was definitely one of my better decisions. We will definitely do another one…”

Jeff Mullen NY, NY


Lark arrived safe and sound. It looks great (it’s framed now) and I can’t wait for my girlfriends birthday to come around so I can give it to her. If it doesn’t hurry up and get here I might be tempted to keep Lark for myself >_<

Thanks again for taking on the project and for doing such a beautiful job on it. There’s a strong chance I might commission something else in the future (and I will certainly be bragging about this one for a long time to come).
It’s been great working with you on this (even if I didn’t do most of the work) ^_^

Devon Seltzer, High Point North Carolina


She is going to love this. You did fantastic work. I know you’re probably used to hearing that, but it’s true … I really think this is going to make her Christmas a very special one. Maybe next year we’ll do the book illustrations! I think it’s a fabulous idea! Looking forward to the finished product … thanks again for all of your creativity and hard work. It’s been a blast working with you!

Adrian Rush, Alexandria Virginia


I just got back in town a day or so ago. Tethered Sphere arrived and everything was wonderful as usual. I greatly appreciate all the work you do.

Jonathan Little, Pensacola Florida


Just received it today :) Thank you very much, wonderful job on the colors, exceeded my expectations I have to say :)

Jesse Thornton, West Virginia


I got the piece today and everything was better than I expected. I look forward to doing much more business with you in the future.

Jonathan Little, Pensacola Florida


We LOVE LOVE LOVE the picture!!! we got it yesterday and it is now hanging on the wall, so we can enjoy it always! Not only is the art itself beautiful, but the frame is awesome! Thank you SO much!!!!

Donna Chavez- Patchogue, New York


Thanks for the sneak preview, it is incredible. I am anxiously awaiting it’s arrival.

Tom Ashcraft – Maryville, Tennesee


I got Alex and Kilfara today. I LOVE IT!!!! It is hanging in my living room right next to my first Kilfara Pic! Thank you so much! I will be in touch soon for a picture of one of my two other player characters!

Sue Capuano – Farmingdale New York


“THANK YOU. I checked out the commissions page to see the finished product…he looks awesome!!! Can’t wait to see the whole thing frame and all!!!! Again, I am SO happy with him, and will be sending another idea your way soon… Thanks again! He looks cool!!!!

And then when she got it …

I just want to say THANKYOU!!!!! He looks better than I could’ve imagined, and he has just redecorated my entire wall. (I, of course, had to position him in the best spot, and then work everything else on the wall in accordance to how good they looked around him.) I had no idea that I would be getting a 5×7, so that was an added surprise! I now make my sister pay homage when she enters my room. Thanks again!!!! And if you want to put these comments on your website too, go right ahead!!!!! Thanks!!!!!!

Donna Chavez- Patchogue, New York


Melissa —
I am trying to create a new word for my response to seeing the b/w sketch. I am trying do mix zowie, wow, and several onomatopoeia (<- needless linguistic term).

Leave it to say that when I was done looking at it and making gleeful noises, I was speechless.

GREAT WORK.

To heck with the state of Kansas thingie. Why stick your foot in a Rembrandt?

I LOVE IT AS IS. MY GOD I HAD NO IDEA!

Joel Fry – Blue Horse Trading Co. Wichita, Kansas


My name is Mark Miller. The name of the commission was Seath Darcstar.

The reason I am e-mailing you is I wanted to thank you for the time and care you have put into the piece, it is truly a perfect representation of my character. Your touch to the paper is more magical than the spell Seath is casting in the piece. So, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Mark Miller – Ohio


I’ve been a gamer for several years now and I know how attached you get to you role-playing characters – how they became a part of you. Well, let me tell you, Melissa Benson breathes life into them in way that I, personally, never thought possible.

I’ve commissioned two pieces from her and both have turned out beautifully. She captured not only the outward image of the characters, but also the attitude, the nuance and the subtlety. The characters were all right there, laid out in rich detail before my eyes. She has a deep understanding of characterization in the way that personality translates into appearance and. It was amazing! It was as if my prized characters had somehow walked into the room to have their respective portrait drawn, only they turned out looking better than I had originally pictured.

And matching her towering skill as an artist is her towering patience and approachability when it comes to requests, changes and opinions where the art is concerned. I don’t know about you, but I’m one of those kinds of gamers that knows just how my character looks, precisely how items, weapons and such look as well as a thousand other little details I fuss over. Basically, I’m very picky. It’s a character flaw, ( no pun intended ) I know. Well, Melissa showed infinite tolerance with me on that. There was no talk about her “muse not being right” or other such esoteric nonsense about “changing her art” when you ask for changes or give opinions. I believe that’s because she’s genuinely interested in bringing you what it is you want.

I’ve been a fan of Melissa’s for sometime now – since the old Magic: The Gathering days, and I can honestly say that I am very surprised (pleasantly) at her prices. Getting an original piece of artwork from an artist of her caliber for the prices she charges, is, to say the least, awe-inspiring. It is WELL worth what you put into it. Several of my friends from the same gaming group have commissioned pieces from her and, to the man ( or woman in some cases), they have all been immensely satisfied with both the quality and the price of Melissa’s artwork.

So, I can’t say enough good things about Melissa Benson and her art, or couldn’t you tell by now? Well, what can I say, I love it. But, this I know, if you try it just once, you’ll become a believer, too.

Matt Carson – Irving, Texas

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