Zazzle interview

Zazzle’s Spotlight contributor

Nightmareartist: July 4, 2005

You may never have heard her name, but we’re willing to bet you’ve seen her work. Zazzle Contributor Nightmareartist (Melissa A. Benson) was one of the original artists for the cards in the popular card game Magic: The Gathering. At Zazzle, Nightmareartist specializes in fantasy art that is colorful, creative and of high quality. She recently took a few moments to answer questions about her art, her work, and what we can expect from her next.

Zazzle: Where do you get your inspiration?

Nightmareartist: The phone bill. Knowing I have to pay it can be very inspiring! (Laughs) Seriously though, mostly through reading and nature.

Z: How did you get started in art?

N: I assume you mean professionally …. I went to college (Paier College of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, then went to the city (New York, of course), then mailed a lot of query letters. Through the years, I’ve worked in a variety of different roles within different industries: several graphics & marketing firms, Titan Sports (WWF), book publishers, a fashion manufacturer/designer, and even a theatrical make-up artist/ wig/ costume designer out of NYC.

I’m probably best known for my artwork in the gaming card industry, though—in fact my Zazzle Contributor name pays homage to one of the most popular cards I worked on, Magic: The Gathering’s Nightmare.

Z: How long does it take you to create one of your images?

N: That’s really hard to say, as I usually have several pieces of art going at once. I do all the sketches, then all the masking, all the backgrounds and so forth. I don’t do one from start to finish and then do the next one start to finish and so on.

Z: What can we expect from you in the future?

N: Probably images from several sets of tarot cards, more decorative arts and crafts type things.

Z: Any advice for fellow Zazzle Contributors?

N: Keep your eye on the ball.

Z: Which Zazzle Contributors’ work do you like?

N: I especially like lobo971’s ‘Mermaid’, Anry’s Spring Wizard, and Peter Sharpe’s The Warrior.

» Shop at Nightmareartist’s store

1c crunched snajej

Trusted Art Seller

The presence of this badge signifies that this business has officially registered with the Art Storefronts Organization and has an established track record of selling art.

It also means that buyers can trust that they are buying from a legitimate business. Art sellers that conduct fraudulent activity or that receive numerous complaints from buyers will have this badge revoked. If you would like to file a complaint about this seller, please do so here.

3c crunched udpkob

Verified Secure Website with Safe Checkout

This website provides a secure checkout with SSL encryption.

4b crunched foaiql

Verified Archival Materials Used

The Art Storefronts Organization has verified that this Art Seller has published information about the archival materials used to create their products in an effort to provide transparency to buyers.

Description from Merchant:

All materials used to frame original artwork are archival. Plus, conservation glass is used. Conservation glass filters out 97% of UV rays that cause artwork to fade.


Your cart is currently empty.

Saved Successfully.

This is only visible to you because you are logged in and are authorized to manage this website. This message is not visible to other website visitors.


Import From Instagram

Click on any Image to continue

Create a New Favorite List



Manage Favorites

Below, select which favorite lists you would like to save this product into.


This Website Supports Augmented Reality to Live Preview Art

This means you can use the camera on your phone or tablet and superimpose any piece of art onto a wall inside of your home or business.

To use this feature, Just look for the "Live Preview AR" button when viewing any piece of art on this website!

Lead Capture


Enter your email below and we'll email you a 20% OFF Coupon right now.

= required

This offer is valid for NEW CUSTOMERS only!