Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of working with one of my best friends to design her wedding invitations! She decided to use lavender and purple themes throughout her wedding celebration, so we wanted to incorporate that in the invitations and reply cards as well. I painted the floral illustrations in watercolor, and also included some hand-lettered accents. Photographs are by talented local photographer Britt, from BLK Photography.
Coming soon...a new Unicorn & Pony Coloring Book! This was a comissioned project that I enjoyed working on. I am adding the finishing touches on this project and it will be released shortly.
Update: find the Unicorn & Pony Coloring Book in our shop!
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Quite often I'm asked how I create my illustrations, so here's a little project you can try at home.
Begin with a blank sheet of watercolor paper. One of the most important things for me is the correct type of paper. A high quality watercolor paper is needed for the paint/water to cooperate. Here, I'm using Canson's cold press watercolor paper. For larger and more finished projects, it's wonderful to experiment with the other high-quality papers found at Blick and other art stores. I've torn off a little piece about 5.5 x 4" for this project.
I enjoyed working on this playing card project recently, and the cards have now been printed! I created the face card illustrations (King, Queen, Jack, Joker) for the Whose Deal playing card deck, and had the pleasure of working with graphic designer Elizabeth Salinas on this project. Find out more about these unique playing cards, or see more photos of the project in my portfolio.
art direction: Elizabeth Salinas
game design: Elvina Stegall
face card illustrations: Melissa Rohr
Here is a preview of an upcoming project I'll be working on for the next few months. I think it will turn out to be a pretty fun story!
Recently, I created some fun illustrations for these small boxes of incense by Ethereal Aromas Incense Company. The illustrations were first drawn in pen, then digitally colored.
Incense packaging design: Matthew Gindling. Illustrations: Melissa Rohr.
Here is the latest strip of Bird H. Bird. You can also see a couple of pictures of the in-progress artwork - taken while I was working with the watercolor.
I've had some fun this summer designing some henna tattoos for Crushed Leaf! Here's a selection of some of the designs. You can visit Crushed Leaf this summer at local Chicago fairs & festivals.
I'm an illustrator with an affinity for octopi. I love using watercolor and ink, and really enjoy working with the book form. View some of my story books, coloring books, and critter illustrations in my shop. Also, visit my Facebook page & Instagram feed.