Sketchbook Conversations -- a Chat with Melissa Hyatt

Today's Sketchbook Conversation is with Melissa Hyatt. Here's Melissa's story:

I use a sketchbook to capture my ideas, work out compositions and to just play. I am a watercolor artist and surface pattern designer. Many times my simple black line drawings become new designs as in my sea coral and fishy sketches. I love to draw with a Faber Castell Pitt pen for my design work but I also love to sketch in pencil as well.

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watercolor, coral, sea life, Melissa Hyatt, Sketchbook Conversations

In preparing for this blog post I rediscovered several sketches in my sketchbooks that I want to go back and paint, it was like finding buried treasure!

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Using a Sketchbook helps me to feel organized as I know where to find my ideas, sketches, notes and color studies too. I also think it helps me to develop my drawing skills, I love to do daily drawing challenges on Instagram, last December I participated in a Advent Calendar drawing challenge. I kept all my sketches and ideas in the same book so i knew where to find them. I hadn’t painted any Christmas designs in at least 10 years so it was a great way for me to work on new imagery. The Robin sketch and painting was one of the pieces that I did for that challenge.

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I sketched these circles while in South Carolina, 

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then painted the design”Grace”, 

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which was the inspiration for the design that I hand painted on my studio floor last spring.

Melissa Hyatt, Studio, hand painted floor, Sketchbook Conversations

I always bring my sketchbook when I travel , you never know when inspiration will find you! My advice is to keep on sketching no matter where you are on your creative journey…

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Thank you, Melissa, for sharing your story and your sketchbooks with us!

Dear reader, you can learn more about Melissa and get in touch: 

*Photos in this post © Melissa Hyatt. Used with permission.


  1. I like how Melissa uses her sketchbooks as a place to play. It is wonderful that her inspirational circles design ended up being hand painted on her studio floor!

    1. Yes! I love seeing the progression of an idea!

  2. Thanks Simone! I had so much fun painting my studio floor it makes me smile every time go in to work...

    1. I love projects like that, Melissa. I try to make little updates and changes around my home and studio that bring me joy. A little bit of effort for a big payoff. :)

  3. Thanks Anne for featuring me on your beautiful Blog! I'm honored....

    1. Thank you for sharing your story here, Melissa! It was my pleasure to include you in the conversation!!


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