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The Illustrator

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​Melissa Solley is a life-long artist and creative professional residing in Seattle, Washington.  Her work has been seen at several shows with Red Door Studio Gallery (Sacramento, CA) and has been featured on film and on stage. Melissa is a published children's book illustrator, Disco Loves to Dance by Brian Barlics, and runs an Etsy shop where she sells her prints and other work. Melissa's primary career goal is to make the world a better place using her creative gifts to inspire others.

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Paintings & Digital Illustration

Cullen - Melissa Solley
Claire & Bender - Film Study
Dorothy - Melissa Solley
Angel of the Sea - Melissa Solley
Melissa Solley - The Green Lady
Disco Loves to Dance
Disco Loves to Dance
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Charcoal & Graphite

Concepts, & Thumbnails

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Game Design & Comics Portfolio

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Game Elements - Glass
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The common thread across which ties together Melissa Solley's is a love of beauty, emotional intensity, and authenticity. She seeks to do (and share) her belief that business, art, and integrity are essential to achieving life-long joy and fulfillment.


Art Instructor

Melissa is a children's art teacher in the Pacific Northwest.

Art Director,
Freelance Illustrator
& Graphic Designer

Develops decorative and design focused imagery for clients, including children's books, e-book illustrations, and custom painting commissions. Examples include (but aren't limited to):

Extreme Imagination Conference 2021

One of several artist selected for the 2021 Extreme Imagination Conference held by the Aphantasia Network

Red Door
Studio Gallery (Gallery Shows)

One of several artist selected to display in a mixed media showcase in Sacramento, California.


Illustration (A.A.) - Comic Emphasis

Originally a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) student, Melissa Solley transferred to the Associate of Arts (A.A.) program so she could obtain her A.A. while on her journey to complete her B.F.A. and is nearly finished.

Skills & Proficiencies

Digital Software

Proficiency and understanding of the following programs:

  • Adobe Photoshop 

  • Adobe InDesign

  • Adobe Premiere Pro

  • Clip Studio Paint

  • Procreate

  • Canva

Traditional Media

Primary subjects include portraiture, concept art, and comic illustration in the following media:

  • Oil Paints

  • Graphite

  • Charcoal

  • Gouache

  • Watercolor

  • Inks (e.g. India Ink)

  • Gold Leaf

Work with Melissa
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