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Melissa Whitaker


Melissa Whitaker, Illustrator

Melissa Whitaker is an artist who chooses a cape over a tiara every chance she gets. She is diagonal in a grid formatted society, and Melissa puts that skewed perspective into her work to capture the subtle humor of social interactions. The influences of Playboy magazine and graphic novels are in her artwork, bringing emotion, movement, and a touch of sexuality to her work. Her works range from childish wonderment of images that contain a colorful palette that explodes the senses, to subtle sensual freedom of expression that has a “wicked style.” Melissa Whitaker calls it all Pop Graphic Noir.
After years of working and living a life that others deemed appropriate for her, she left the real estate business and devoted her time to being a full-time illustrator. When not creating, you might find her hiking in the woods or venturing down an unknown highway to discover what’s around the bend.

Her works have been exhibited in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Kansas City, St. Louis, Murray, Kentucky, and Cape Girardeau, and Sikeston, Missouri. Whitakers’ work is collected by several individuals and companies in Texas, Georgia, Colorado, California, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Wisconsin, Kansas, and Missouri. Her commissioned work includes restaurants, medical offices, real estate offices, daycares, authors, and musicians for their cover art. Currently, she is a freelance illustrator for Free Agent Source in Santa Monica, California, and Madpipe and Manhearted in Brooklyn, New York.


Fine Art,Illustration,Photography

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