Melanie is an aspiring graphic designer based out of Charleston, South Carolina. Her affinity and talent for artwork appeared at a very young age, quickly progressing each year. She took a long hiatus from artwork while getting her B.S. at Appalachian State University. In 2012, Melanie moved to Charleston and began integrating herself in the food and beverage community, waitressing and bartending at multiple restaurants in the area. These jobs not only helped her network in the area but allowed her to freely travel the world and gain inspiration from different cultures. After several years, she decided it was time to get back to her first love- art. She enrolled in Trident Technical College and graduated in December 2022 with an Associate’s Degree in Graphic Design.
Melanie’s strengths have always lied in creating hyper-realistic illustrations with the use of pencil, charcoal, pen, and frequently with acrylic paint. She is now trying to perfect her own style as a graphic designer that combines illustration with graphic design to create a unique story. She likes to use bright and vivid colors as it is a reminder of the inspiration that drew her back to creating. This poster design reflects just that; she encapsulated a vibrant color scheme that captured the awe-inspiring sunset that Charleston is so famed for.
Melanie dreams to soon begin working with local restaurants and breweries, creating menus, logos, labels, and murals. She would like to continue to work and create with the community that helped shape who she has become.