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've been cultivating my love of sharing what I know, and encouraging others to nourish their creative side through teaching online art courses on Skillshare and Teachable. I love making patterns, character art, and watercolor paintings. 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.
If you're curious to learn what I know, check out my classes on Skillshare (where I teach to over 14k students) and get two free months of membership through my link!
For custom commissions, collaboration, events, interviews or podcasts, licensing & sales inquiries, or anything else, please contact me.
#1 I'm one of the most Hufflepuff Hufflepuffs ever to Hufflepuff.
#2 You may have noticed that I use bees in my branding. My name, Melissa, comes from the Greek words for "honey" and "bee", which is part of the reason why. The other reason is that I love them. They're hardworking and loyal, and as a Hufflepuff, I can relate. Also, they're adorable.
#3 I majored in Studio Art in college, but graduated without knowing what I wanted to do with my art professionally. I love character design, but after interning at a video game company for two years, I discovered that I really only like making my own characters. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It wasn't until I discovered pattern design that I found my true calling.
#4 I am both a huge skeptic of anything supernatural and a lover of everything supernatural. Are ghosts real? Probably not, but I love and support them.
#5 I also love astrology. Do I know that it’s not supported by the scientific method and is probably mostly the placebo effect at work? A’yup. Do I believe in the accurate predictions of future events based on horoscopes? Nah. Do I relate with every single taurus sun/cancer moon profile I've ever read to an uncanny degree and find comfort in the more ambiguous horoscopes, and thus, kinda believe in it a little anyway? Totally. I thrive on being contrary.
#6 I own a ball python named Tony Ssstark.