The Artist

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​Melissa Solley is a life-long artist and creative professional residing in Seattle, Washington.  She recently graduated from the Academy of Art University, majoring in Illustration with Comic Emphasis

 

Melissa began showing her artwork with Red Door Studio Gallery in 2017, when she was discovered by owner (and talented mixed media artist) Mary Lecker. Her work has been featured both on stage and in independent films. Her first illustrated children's book, Disco Loves to Dance by Brian Barlics, was published in Spring of 2020.

 

Melissa's primary career goal is to remove the word "or" from her life, seeking to fully commit to a mentality of abundance and inclusion -- by embodying "and." 

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Charcoal & Graphite

 

Game Design Portfolio

For more example of game related art, click the button below to visit Melissa's game illustration portfolio.

Game Elements - Glass
 

Comics, Sketches, & Brainstorms

 

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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The common thread across which ties together Melissa Solley's artwork is a love for beauty, emotional intensity, and an appreciation for spiritual authenticity. As a professional artist, she seeks to do (and share) her vision that business, art, and integrity are essential to achieving life-long joy and fulfillment.


Experience

Freelance Illustrator & Graphic Designer

Develops decorative and design focused imagery for clients, including children's books, e-book illustrations, and custom painting commissions:

Featured Artist with
Red Door Art Studio Gallery

A featured artist on the digital location Red Door Art Studio Gallery, contributing as both an author and visual artist with the gallery.

Group Show at Red Door Studio Gallery

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

Education


Illustration (A.A.) - Comic Emphasis
Academy of Art University

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.

Skills & Proficiencies

Digital Software

Proficiency and understanding of the following programs:

  • Adobe Photoshop 

  • Adobe InDesign

  • Adobe Premiere Pro

  • Clip Studio Paint

  • Procreate

Traditional Media

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

  • Graphite

  • Charcoal

  • Gouache

  • Watercolor

  • Ink (including, India Ink)

  • Gold Leaf


Illustration

Digital Media

Creates visual imagery to convey concept, story, and aesthetic beauty using the following tools:

  • Wacom Tablet

  • iPad Pro & Apple Pencil

 

Work with Melissa

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