Right-Brained: Desiree Melancon
Right-Brained: Desiree Melancon
Most people know Desiree Melancon is a snowboarder, but not as many people know she's an artist as well. Melancon considers what she is doing to be "learning how to draw." Most of us wish that "learning to draw" could look anything like this. Pen and watercolor.
If you're Desiree Melancon, this is what your brain does the morning after giving yourself a Mohawk. Ink and watercolor on watercolor paper.
This ink-and-watercolor painting in Melancon's notebook incorporates a ticket that a 9-year-old she used to live with sold her for movie night in the living room. The piece seemed like an appropriate response.
Melancon created this portrait of snowboarder (and former Salomon Am Team rider) Jarad Hadi after a period of not seeing or speaking to him for a while. She made the painting because she missed him. Pen and watercolor on Bristol paper.
Melancon was inspired to make this poem by a tattoo that her close friend (and Facebook wife) Brynn Hayes has. She says, "We kinda lived by it for a while." Pen.
"I did a series of photos where we went on a few key adventures that were really memorable to me. When I got the prints back, I started transferring words and pictures onto some of them. The typewriter worked really well for some blurbs," says Melancon. 35 mm print taken with a Holga.
"My friend Cameron is standing there. We used to drive up and down from Big Bear, Calif., a lot. I always waited for the dinos to fly past, but they were always too scared to show [themselves] in the day. So I took the liberty [of] putting one there," says Melancon. 35 mm print taken with Akira (a thrift-store point-and-shoot that Melancon found for a dollar in Estacada, Ore.).
"I'm Drowning Myself in Tea"
"I have the habit of always getting sick, so tea usually saves me. However, sometimes I have too much," Melancon says. Pen and pastels.
"This was drawn in a notebook that I traveled with two winters ago," Melancon says. "I put some fingerprints on it and then Jed did some faces, so I added some faces. Then the arms ended up coming onto it as well. When we would go on Salomon trips, a lot of us always had sketchbooks, so they would get passed around and doodled in. Jon Stark bought this from my show this summer. A lot of people like it. It's funny because it is just a little sketch that was lost in that book forever." Pen and watercolor.
"Yo. Dem Legs Doh."
"[Filmer] Jake Price ended up buying this piece, which is really cool to me," says Melancon. "I am working on a series with all of these 'yo dats' ... I don't know whose legs those are. But I like them. I made this when I was in Japan with Think Thank this year, staying at the Tabi-Tabi Lodge. It was a rainy day, the last film day of the trip, and I didn't want to go snowboarding. So I drew this instead." Colored pencil, graphite, pen.
"Yo. Dose Lips Dough."
"These are Cameron Strand's lips. You can see why I chose them," says Melancon. Pen and marker.
"I made this a few years ago," says Melancon. "Probably when I was still filming with Peep Show. I have always been obsessed with how [filmer and editor] June Bhongjan looks. She reminds me of an elf a lot of the time. Always so magical." Pen and watercolor.
"We're so pretty"
"This was drawn from a photo that Cameron Strand took of Brynn [Hayes] and me," says Melancon. "We were shopping at Forever 21 in Riverside [Calif.], trying on huge heels and thinking about how 'pretty' we were in the mirror. When I saw the photo I knew right away that I was going to make it with the animal skulls. "I am very birdlike and Brynn is very deer-like, so those are the skulls I drew on there. When girls check themselves out in mirrors, it's a really funny thing. It's natural but also pretty gross, to always care about how you look. So that's why I did skulls and not something prettier. Girl demons shopping." Pen and watercolor.