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Melissa M. | Elance
Last Sign-in: Oct 20, 2015

Melissa M.

Graphic Designer & Illustrator
   United States
  |   Eldersburg, MD


Minimum Hourly Rate $33

Having graduated with my BFA in Graphic Design from The Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in 2010, I'm now working as a full-time designer at Tasty Shirt Company where I manage all of the art and production. However, I'm still llooking for additional freelance work to broaden my portfolio. While graphic design was my major, I also have a deep passion for illustration and would love to build my portfolio in either area. When given the opportunity, I also enjoy using my own illustration skills in my projects but I can work with your...

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This is sample vector art. The art was created using a low resolution jpeg as a...
Turned a low resolution jpeg into beautiful sleek vector art! I simplified this for...
This was for Forest Ridge (2013), for their 5th grade class T-shirts. This is vector...
Here is a sample of the vector art I create, this shows a before (image from client)...
This is a website banner ad I created for a thriller author's website to advertise his...
Cover design for the So Damn Beautiful Trilogy (Book 2: Children's Home 5). Created in...
Cover design for the So Damn Beautiful Trilogy (Prelude). Created in Photoshop. This...
Cover design for the So Damn Beautiful Trilogy (Book 1: The Lonely One). Created in...
Cover design for the So Damn Beautiful Trilogy (Book 3: Lost Sanctum). Created in...
Watercolors. A fantasy painting done for a close friend as a personal project.
Just a quick digital painting of a fantasy mantis... or is it an orchid? Painted in...
Personal work. Corel Painter X- vine charcoal and pastels. Approx 5 hrs.
Sketch I made for the fun of it using vine charcoal in Corel Painter X. This only took...
Personal art, fantasy. ~2 hrs with Corel Painter- vine charcoal and pastels.
2009. Adobe Illustrator CS3 This was a cover I did for GeoNova Group. Unfortunately,...
A logo I created for a reptile breeder (specifically focusing on Leopard Geckos),...
School project, 2009. Urban Pup is a dog grooming/boarding/walking service which will...
Corel Painter X. I wanted to show movement in this piece.
Just to prove that I do still sketch out everything before I jump into it on the computer.
This would appear in a equestrian-related magazine such as QJournal, Equus, or Horse...
This is a little compilation of some of my design work. Advertisements, logos,...
I thought it would be fun to do a spin-off of Pulp Fiction.
AIGA sticker
Businesscard for Jen Baltgavis Photography- front and back of card. Adobe Illustrator CS3
A self-promotional. I was going for a crocodile theme for a while...

Skills (10)

Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator CS3 Test
My Score
Adobe InDesign
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Flash
English Spelling
Creative Writing
Adobe Photoshop CS5

Service Description

Illustration Services: My materials of the trade are Corel Painter X, Illustrator CS3, Photoshop CS3, graphite, pen & ink and watercolors.

Photography-related services: Color correction, refurbishing old or damaged photographs, manipulation and color changes/edits.


Color separation and setting up files for print for 4 color process screen printing

Advertisements of various sizes for web or print

Business cards, letterheads, stationary.

Brochures, Flyers, etc!


A recent letter of recommendation:
November 2, 2011

To Whom It May Concern:

I confirm that I have known Melissa Mueller for the past three months in the Design Department at PublishAmerica. I acted as her direct trainer and supervisor while she performed daily tasks within the Design Department (e.g., formatting text, designing covers, creating illustrations, contacting authors, resolving issues with page proofs, etc.).

Ms. Mueller demonstrates a high degree of motivation and perseverance that is rare to find in an employee, a valuable quality to have. She is easily self-motivated and challenges herself daily in order to better her, even when she’s a master at what she’s doing. She is a strong team player, and recognizes how a positive attitude and a solid work ethic go hand-in-hand in order to complete projects in a timely manner and with professional efficiency and accuracy.

She demonstrated a high level of expertise with the...

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Tasty Shirt
Graphic Designer
2012 - Present
This is a local screen printing company where I communicate directly with the customer to create designs from proof to print. Color separating in Photoshop and Illustrator, illustration and...
The Natural History Society of Maryland
Graphic Designer
2011 - 2013
Volunteer work: Design, layout and typeset of monthly newsletters.
Sales Lead (Keyholder)
2012 - 2012
Sales lead- management.
Ultimate Staffing
2011 - 2012
At Ultimate Staffing I've worked for a local book publisher as a graphic designer where I had the following job responsibilities: Formatting text, designing book covers, creating illustrations,...
Pinix Design Studio
Graphic Designer
2010 - 2012
I do subcontracting work on occasion for Pinix Design Studio. My job is creating various illustrations and design projects including logos, website concepts, and greeting cards.
Classic Photography & Imaging
2011 - 2011
Working as photographer doing portraits and youth sports photography. Set up all equipment, lighting, checked colors, etc. Software: Darkroom, Camera control Pro, Photoshop and Capture Post....


Pennsylvania College of Art & Design
BFA in Graphic Design
- 2010
School of Art & Design at Montgomery College
2005 - 2007
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Corel Painter X
Adobe Creative Suite
color separations
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Member Since
November 2011
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Melissa M.