Different & the Same


For as long as she has been an artist and carried a sketchbook, Melanie Reim has felt compelled to draw women everywhere she has travelled. Different & the Same showcases her extraordinary visual reportage spanning decades and continents further enhanced by her own written observations. The collection includes more than 120 dynamic scenes drawn on location near and far, from sunbathers in her native Long Island to flamenco dancers in Spain to garment factory workers in Hong Kong. A visually stunning compilation of on-the-spot drawings, Different & the Same celebrates women who experience joy, triumph, rituals, conversation and each other.


Different & the Same brings together for the first time an extensive collection of drawings capturing women around the world by renowned New York artist and reportage illustrator Melanie Reim. 

This impressive body of work transports readers to both public and intimate moments that celebrate women across cultures and places: basket weavers in the Dominican Republic, workers at garment factories in China, market vendors in Mexico and Barcelona, sunbathers in her native Long Island, a sea of women marching in protest in Washington D.C. and many other instances where Reim recorded the scene as an observer or participant with dynamic art bearing her instantly recognizable style.

Reim often draws in ink with her favorite Pelikan 200 fountain pen, but she’s also keen on using graphite and watercolor. Regardless of the media, her unique personality comes across in every drawing presented in Different & the Same through expressive and confident lines.

This 128-page hardcover art book is a visual treat for anyone who appreciates the power of drawing and a celebration of women who experience joy, triumph, rituals, conversation and each other.

About the author

Melanie Reim is an award-winning illustrator with a sketchbook never far from her side. Her reportage drawings have been featured in numerous articles, books and exhibits and is part of the U.S. Air Force Art Collection in the Pentagon in Washington D.C. A former Associate Dean and Professor at the New York Fashion Institute of Technology School of Art and Design, Reim has been recognized as Distinguished Educator by the Society of Illustrators and as a Fulbright Scholar. Since her retirement from academia, Reim shares her love for teaching and drawing at in-person and online workshops with her global community.

Book specs

Language: English
Hardcover: 128 pages
ISBN: 979-8-9878771-0-4
Item Weight: 1.8 pounds
Dimensions: 9.25 x 9.25 inches


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