Not included is this website. I thought about it. You know, to be "meta". But I'm not hipster enough for that...
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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.)
No, thing is perfect.// Nothing is perfect// etc. Read it how you see it.
Is it a feather or is it a tree? Also known as: If wanderlust was an image.
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?
Seriously, Enough Already. #SocialJustice
O.G. = Original Gameboy
Remember Toy's R' Us? Geoffrey remembers.
Sometimes you just want to create a building with some palm trees in front just because.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Inspired by #TimesUp, I knew I needed to contribute something. This was my something.
What if Rosie the Riveter was Latina? This is how I imagine she'd be.
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.
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).
Does this illustration sing with all the colors?
Think Lisa Frank but more grown up.
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.)
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.
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.]
Darth Vader heard about May 4th being the day of the force and decided to rebrand May 6th for the dark side.
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'.
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).
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
Who doesn't like puppies?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lots to unpack here. But I can't unpack this for you.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But what if you turn a thousand words into a picture?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Went to a museum with a friend. Thought to myself, this would make a cool illustration. Designed in 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.
Mock "top 5 tips" for a tourism agency. Photos taken by me, edited in Photoshop, and put together in 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.
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.
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.]
Designed in Illustrator. So technically it's neither but if you thought about it then I did my job.
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.
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".
Newspaper insert. Inspired by ocean bubbles. Showcasing various events from museum history. Photos edited in Photoshop, logo designed in Illustrator, Cover created in InDesign.
Exhibit created in collaboration Lana Leksina. Fun fact: I am also the voice of this exhibit!
Announcement created for a print magazine. Inspiration was the sea and the task became how to create that feeling, the result: ocean themed watercolor.
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.
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.
Client had a movie poster they wanted adapted to look as if James Bond was French.
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.
Energy drink company wanted an adult beverage feel.