Megan Leigh Kallas
5″ x 7″
“I’m a freelance illustrator who works primarily in concept art and character design. Recently I graduated from California State University Fullerton, where I focused my studies in visual development and story art.
As an Asian American who grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, much of my art is influenced by the large Asian community and my passion for creating stories that reflect the culture I was raised in. I have always loved writing stories and drawing up characters to fit them, therefore most of my work is comprised of character designs that I would one day like to incorporate into cartoons or feature-length animated films.
There’s a personal project I’m currently working on that features various nature creatures, and I just happened to see a mini documentary about cultivating wasabi that inspired me to come up with some sketches for a wasabi sprite. I like to work in loose sketches when I first come up with a character in order to give me room to play around with the design, so I kept these as rough doodles and added some color to test out a palette. I also wanted to give Wasabi wide bug eyes because that’s a common face that my friends and I make when we eat wasabi.”