The Creative Portfolio of Melissa K. Vassar-Belloso
by Melissa

Looking for my blogs? They are in the process of being restored with new access permissions that match my new Patreon policies. They should be available again by late 2022.


The Laughing Cat is my Redbubble store where you can shop for my designs on everything from stationery to home decor. You can check it out now at and I would also greatly appreciate sharing the store link if you like my work. If you would like to get sneak peeks at upcoming designs for the store you can also check out any of my patron tiers $5+ which include content previews for all my not yet publicly unveiled projects.

You can also support me as a creative,stay safe & healthy and show your support for Covid-19 relief efforts by checking out my “Mask up For America” design on select products or  9 of my other designs on face masks !



 Please note:

This sampler is not a full ready-to-publish version of the book. It will have image placeholders and some of the sample chapters are only partial. Content will be subject to some degree of change between the sampler and the final published book. Please do not print,copy,redistribute,resell or otherwise steal the sampler.

Updates have been made to this sampler as of 1/15/20 to reflect the new book structure I developed in 2019. I still used pieces from the old sampler PDF though so please make a note of the following:

  • Some of the chapter markers are technically wrong  but I kept them because the section titles are correct
  • The cover title is wrong but I kept it as is because the rest of the design is still accurate
  • This new sampler is the Character Designer’s Handbook only and I currently don’t have or plan to do samplers for the other two books for a good while
  • The page numbers are wrong so ignore them and just focus on the actual page content

Thank you and I appreciate you not cluttering my inbox or comment form about the above inconsistencies. I know they exist and I left them there intentionally because I really don’t have the time to completely redo the sampler pages. Aside from the book being a slight Frankenstein project it is in fact mostly correct and I’m fine with that.

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