allow yourself to fail before you succeed

 
 
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Hi! My name's Melissa Lee, and I'm a designer and online art teacher living in the forests of Northern California. I'm currently in the process of becoming a full-time freelancer and art licenser, but in the meantime, I'm cultivating my love of sharing what I know, and encouraging others to nourish their creative side. I love patterns and character art and watercolor paintings! And also bees. I'm endlessly inspired by animals and nature (whether living today or extinct), science fiction and fantasy, space and astrology, witchy things, and bees.

Always bees. 

 
 
 
 

Character Design Crash Course: Characters for Surface Pattern Design

MY NEW ONLINE COURSE

I took my love for character design and making patterns and merged them to create my new Skillshare class. In my lessons, I cover things to consider when designing characters specifically for surface patterns, I demonstrate how simple changes can alter the expression and feel of a character, and I share my tips for creating successful characters for both repeat patterns and placement prints. I also demonstrate my personal process for creating a repeat pattern tile in Adobe Photoshop!

 
 
 
 

Create a Hand-Drawn .GIF in Photoshop

FREE CLASS!

Want to spruce up your blog or website with cute, animated GIFs? Ever needed the perfect reaction GIF for that one meme you love? (We've all been there.) Take this class to learn how you can make one yourself! I'll take you through the entire process of animating hand-drawn characters and lettering in Photoshop, from rough test runs to exporting. It's a lot easier than you might think!

 
 
 

Stay in The Know

INSTAGRAM @MELISSALEEDESIGN

 
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