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Melissa Swan Portfolio

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The Portfolio of Melissa Swan

Not included is this website. I thought about it. You know, to be "meta". But I'm not hipster enough for that...
Yet.

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Space Jam in Space
Illustrator

The original Space Jam is one of those classic movies that will always be timeless to me. How old is Lola Bunny now anyway? On second thought, I don't want to know. Star cutout effect was created with an inner glow and blur effect, Earth has a texture overlay, and the basketball can fit in the hoop it's just closer to you than the net is (I know you know what perspective is. I was really just convincing myself here.)

Perspective Slider
Illustrator

No, thing is perfect.// Nothing is perfect// etc. Read it how you see it.

Nuture Your Nature
Illustrator

Is it a feather or is it a tree? Also known as: If wanderlust was an image.

Workweek The Game
Illustrator

If the workweek was that jumping game. You know the one where the ball is constantly bouncing and you have to make it to the ledge without falling off? Can you make it to the end of the week?

How Many Times?
Illustrator

Seriously, Enough Already. #SocialJustice

The Real O.G.
Illustrator

O.G. = Original Gameboy

Toys R' Us Kid for Life
Illustrator

Remember Toy's R' Us? Geoffrey remembers.

Welcome
Illustrator

Sometimes you just want to create a building with some palm trees in front just because.

Wendi's
Photoshop

Remember when the fast food chain Wendy's was getting so much attention for their "fire" tweets? I created the cover for the diss track they never came out with... Wait a second, I'm getting news that they did in fact come out with a diss track... but I'm betting that you didn't know that so my statement stands. But their frosty's are still delicious.

The 100
Illustrator

You want to seem really official? Use an infographic. Works every time. And if you add pointing and the phrase "As you can see..." then you just became an expert. But don't take my word for it, as you can see in the image above, well it really speaks for itself.

Soupreme
Illustrator

Parody illustrations are fun. Also soup is practical. We should all eat more soup. Also, I just created one can and replicated it for the background.

To be or not to be
Illustrator

I wanted to see if I could create a character out of primarily triangles. If you can recognize the face, then I will consider it a success, if you can't then I'll try again.

Hold the Line
Illustrator

Inspired by #TimesUp, I knew I needed to contribute something. This was my something.

Rosa Rivera
Illustrator

What if Rosie the Riveter was Latina? This is how I imagine she'd be.

Cardboard Brand
Illustrator

Inspired by moving boxes, I wanted to get a cardboard brand. Is it mountains? Is it a family? It's whatever you want, until it's branded. Then it's the brand.

Working from Home
Illustrator

Are you working from home or living at work? I wanted to channel my inner digital Picasso with this piece. Fun fact: Picasso also worked from home (and he did it without internet).

Indigenous Cartoon
Illustrator

Does this illustration sing with all the colors?

90's Party
Illustrator

Think Lisa Frank but more grown up.

M Swan
Photoshop

My very first logo. #NeverForgetYourRoots I put this up to remind myself to stay focused and stay humble. It really was created in Photoshop. (Young Melissa only had one Adobe app.)

Kirby Star Wars
Illustrator

The greatest mashup of all time! Okay, maybe not but don't tell the Kirby Star that because he's been training and that would be the villain origin story that we didn't need.

That's on Period.
Illustrator

You know what can be uncomfortable? Actually having a period. But creating this illustration was painless... well except maybe for the person at the same bistro table as me who was watching me create this on my computer (sorry, not sorry dude). [This was Pre-Pandemic.]

May 6th
Illustrator

Darth Vader heard about May 4th being the day of the force and decided to rebrand May 6th for the dark side.

Mayday Call
Illustrator

This was inspired by the rose from Beauty and the Beast. I thought to myself, what if the rose was subjected to climate change? Well, let's just say it would be very distressing. You know, a literal 'Mayday'.

That's MR. T the Martian to you
Illustrator

A little climate activism mixed with nostalgia. Glow is an outline blur, planet has a textured overlay, stars are squares with a distortion (and lots of copy/paste).

Luigi was here
Illustrator

Why does Mario get all of the attention? Luigi was over it on this day. My favorite part was creating the game cartridge, in case you were wondering.

Turning a New Leaf
Photoshop

This was so much fun to create. It's actually just stacked layers that became a leaf, then I turned on the x-ray* filter and turned my new leaf. Get it? I know, it's a good thing I don't do comedy. [*There is no x-ray filter.]

Kinder
Illustrator

Kinder is my parody to the popular dating app Tinder, except this is about finding nice people. Not in a romantic sense per say, more like 'the family the family you choose kind of thing.

Sketch an Etch-a-Sketch
Illustrator

When I was a little kid, there was this really popular animated dinosaur movie and I loved it so much that I wanted to be a paleontologist. I didn't become a paleontologist but I did make this illustration!

Subway Tile Mario
Illustrator

Super Mario is very nostalgic to me (and everyone else). This was my homage to the 8-bit character that thought me to never trust a goomba.

Puppy? Puppy!
Illustrator

Who doesn't like puppies?

Not So Scary
Illustrator

Friday the 13th. Jason Voorhees. The office party. These things are all thought of as scary but do they have to be? I think not... Except for maybe the office party, it's really just unpaid overtime if you think about it.

You're SO Foxy
Illustrator

I wish there was something more prolific to say than just "I wanted to draw a fox" but the truth is I just wanted to draw a fox.

Fortune
Illustrator

I ordered Chinese food one night and went for the fortune cookie first, but there was no fortune! So I decided to make my own luck ... in illustrator.

Island Pickle
Illustrator

Image created for fun in homage to a show I think is pretty amazing. I may or may not have been illustrating this on a Saturday night whilst marathoning said show.

Eyes of the Future
Illustrator

Lots to unpack here. But I can't unpack this for you.

Spicy & Posh
Illustrator

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But what if you turn a thousand words into a picture?

Social Justice
Illustrator

I wanted to shine a light on how people of color (specifically Mexicans here) have been (and are) mistreated. I've noticed it's easier to get more people to resonate with certain ideologies when it's veiled in humor. Come for the laughs stay for the social justice.

Black/White Retro
Illustrator

Wanted to create a nostalgic image of how I remember the 90's. I did experience it in color though so it's not an exact representation.

Shoe Plane
Illustrator

Take the first step... onto the plane. Do you see the illustration as planes or boots with heels? Can't unsee it now can you? I'm not sorry.

There's No Yellow Here
Illustrator

Fun fact: Red and green when put together look like yellow. This was created with hundreds of red and green vertical lines to give off the illusion.

Studio 54
Illustrator

My mother told me stories about her youth in Studio 54. I created this while she was telling me one of the stories. Designed in Illustrator.

In the Art Museum
Illustrator

Went to a museum with a friend. Thought to myself, this would make a cool illustration. Designed in Illustrator.

Tomato Potato
Illustrator

Mini Comic created in illustrator on the 2nd of May. Get it? Maybe? Please get it, or else it's just me laughing at my own jokes.

The Top 5
Advertisement

Mock "top 5 tips" for a tourism agency. Photos taken by me, edited in Photoshop, and put together in Illustrator.

It's Gingervating!
Illustrator

Label for a ginger soft drink. I thought of the catchphrase by accidentally merging "ginger" and "captivating" when I was speaking too fast. Client thought it was genius and that was that.

War & Coffee
Illustrator

Client wanted to take an iconic image and modify it for their personal use. A meme. Basically they wanted a meme. About themselves. Nothing too philosophical here.

Corporate. Kept Corporate.
Advertisement

Clean. Contemporary. Corporate. That was the mantra here and that's the realm it stayed. Blue color choice was based on evoking a feeling of security, trust, and stately truth . [It's the reason most banks use it as their main color.]

Space? Or Deep Ocean?
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Designed in Illustrator. So technically it's neither but if you thought about it then I did my job.

Pop Art TED Talk
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Took this image still and created an ad that was meant to feel as if it had always been that way. Oh, and also made it feel as if it was created by a millennial, about a millennial... how many times can I fit the word millennial in this sentence? Apparently three.

Movie Showing Ad
Advertisement

Found an image of the ocean did a little photoshop magic to make it look like the movie cover was from the same photo. Muted the colors to make it feel more "zen".

Yearbook Cover. But also not.
InDesign

Newspaper insert. Inspired by ocean bubbles. Showcasing various events from museum history. Photos edited in Photoshop, logo designed in Illustrator, Cover created in InDesign.

Modern Sea Creature
Real Build

Exhibit created in collaboration Lana Leksina. Fun fact: I am also the voice of this exhibit!

Seakeepers
Illustrator

Announcement created for a print magazine. Inspiration was the sea and the task became how to create that feeling, the result: ocean themed watercolor.

Shell Trees
Gif

Museum had a shell collection that needed promotion. I took a picture, isolated the shell in photoshop, created a tree trunk illustration in photoshop, and gave it a minimal animation so the focus stayed on the shell.

Scuba Santa
Illustrator

Client wanted me to take Santa Claus and make him an island guy. I felt that the Santa in shorts on the beach was overdone, but a Suba Santa? That I could get behind, plus it fit with the underwater theme they had in their museum.

"Make it French"
Photoshop

Client had a movie poster they wanted adapted to look as if James Bond was French.

Cotton Candy Skies
Advertisement

Created a mock advertisement for the Bermuda Tourism Authority. Photo was taken by me from my apartment window. Text was inspired by my sweet tooth.

Black Bull Energy
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Energy drink company wanted an adult beverage feel.