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Melissa B. | Elance
Last Sign-in: Jun 29, 2016

Melissa B.

All things children's books...
   United States
  |   Metamora, MI
  |  11:45 pm Local Time


Minimum Hourly Rate $30

Looking for a children's book illustrator? Editor? Book formatter? Self-publishing coach? Your search is over!

My goal is to give every client a 5-star experience: creative and high-quality artwork, prompt and clear communication, and timely delivery. I work hard and do my homework, constantly honing my skills and expertise in the children's book field.

But don't just take my word for's what past Elance clients have said:

“Melissa was wonderful to work with and was very helpful to this first time self-published author. The...

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Mar 3, 2016|Illustration|Private|Completed
Jan 26, 2016|Illustration|Private|Completed
Sep 23, 2015|Digital Image Editing|Private|Completed
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Two page spread illustration for the children's book "Broc and Cara's Picnic...
Full page illustration for the book "Wilbur and the Ball" by Chris Swainson....
Full page illustration for the children's book "Wilbur and the Ball" by Chris...
Two page spread for "What I Ate at Eight". Colored pencil on paper....
Spot illustration for the book "A Ducky Cure for the Hiccups". Watercolor on...
Two page spread for Princess Audria's Paintbrush, by Melanie Saladino. Client...
Full page illustration done for the book "Countdown 'til Daddy Comes Home" by...
Two page spread for the book "Shybug". Watercolor on illustration board....
Two page spread from "If You Hand Your Mom a Rice Cake". Watercolor and ink...
Cover illustration, design and formatting for the book "Countdown 'til Daddy Comes...
T-shirt design for the brand Pigtail Pals and Ballcap Buddies. Freehand illustration...
Watercolor and pen and ink on watercolor paper.
Illustration done for a designer with colored pencil and ink. Scanned at 300dpi.
Fashion illustration for a website. Simplistic style requested by client.
Freehand illustration done in retro style. Colored pencil and ink drawing.
Freehand drawing done with grayscale Prismacolor pencils. The hands spell out LOVE in...
Medical illustration created for a client on Elance. Pencil and watercolor. Labeling...
Pen and ink on paper.
Sketch done in ebony and 2b pencil of my friend's horse Classic.
Logo developed for a company in the UK. Drawn freehand and executed with watercolor on...
Sample business card template created with Photoshop.
Logo I created for myself. Photoshop. 90 x 310 pixels.
Sample logo created for a janitorial business. Leaf drawn freehand, then colored and...
Bridal fashion illustration done for client of her in her wedding dress. Drawn...
This commissioned portrait was done in oil pastel on canvas board.

Skills (10)

Children's book illustration

Service Description

10+ years experience freelancing:

Children's book illustrations, 35 books completed

Book formatting for print using InDesign (for CreateSpace, Lulu, IngramSpark, and more) and eBooks (Kindle).

Book cover illustration and design

Children's book editing and proofreading

Fashion illustration for websites and fashion designers

Medical illustration

Graphic design: book & cd covers, logos, business cards, promotional materials, flow charts

Other: artwork commissioned for personal gifts, portraits, word art, landscape paintings, murals

Artwork in a variety of mediums: pen and ink, pencil drawings, colored pencil, watercolor, and mixed media.

Proficient in Photoshop: photo editing, formatting, page design, digital coloring, storyboarding, page mock-ups

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Freelance artist
2001 - Present
Starting with mainly murals and portraits, I've been commissioned more and more steadily for various works, including children's illustration, fashion illustration, t-shirt design, logos...the list...
Goofy Faces
Caricaturist/Face Painter
2010 - 2010
Worked at the Toledo Zoo as a caricature artist and face painter. Not only was it fun to be outdoors and working with the public, this experience added yet another facet to my artistic style.
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children's books
children's illustration
graphic design
children's book illustrator
cover illustration
cover design
book cover design
book formatting
eBook formatting
children's book editing
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Melissa B.