I originally met Melanie Eberhardt via her “day job” at Realm Advertising in Georgia when I worked on a holiday card for one of Realm’s clients. But she’s also a painter and illustrator in her own right, with a fluid, colorful, very unique style. She’s worked on lots of commissions for commercial clients and had many gallery shows. I was so excited when Melanie told me she’s starting a new section of her blog called My Art Peeps, where she’ll feature interviews with artsy friends, and when she asked me to be one of the first interviews! It was a pleasure answering her questions, and in fact it made me think more about why I love being an illustrator and why I draw the way I do. Head over to Melanie’s site and check it out — there’s my interview but also interviews with lots of other talented people who may inspire you!