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About melissarachelblack

Sales 1,102
On Etsy since 2009

Look ma, I'm doing it!

I'm an illustrator living in Portland, Oregon. I make really simple black and white illustrations, not too different than what used to pepper the insides and outsides of my notebooks throughout school. I used to think I couldn't call myself an artist, because I can't draw photo-realistically, I'm terrible at proportions, and perspective and I will never be friends.

Eventually I decided to accept and embrace my style. I now have my own greeting card company, a book of downloadable stock illustrations, and I get to draw for people all over the world. Last Valentine's Day, I got my deer illustration tattooed on my arm--the very same deer that was the first illustration I sold--as a reminder that I'm enough, that imperfections are beautiful and what make us human, and to publish even though I'm scared.

My style is a reflection of my beliefs and my personality--I love the ideals of minimalism, focusing on mindfulness, that less is more, and finding beauty in simplicity. I also love the way kids experience life. Their wonder, curiosity, playfulness and joy inspire me on my darkest days, so I always try to remember to play while working. I chose this path, art and creativity, because it's brought me joy from a young age, and I hope that comes through in my creations. I really love to inspire others.

Shop members

  • Melissa Rachel Black

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    Hi! I'm Melissa. I'm the illustrator, designer and creator of everything you see in this shop. I live in Portland, Oregon with my fluffy white cat, Oreo Pie.

Production partners

  • A printing service

    Portland, OR

    These printers provide high quality work that I pass on to you!

Shop policies

Last updated on January 23, 2023
***Special note: As of November 2010, I have relocated from California to Germany. All greeting cards are available for immediate shipping in my new home, so please feel free to order & they will be shipped within 3 days. If you'd like to order any other item, please message before purchase. Thanks!***

Welcome to Mel's Diner: serving only the freshest art and design!

This shop is a small, one woman effort. Everything you see here is created by me, Melissa Rachel Black. I love making things, and if you like what you see, I'd love it if you could share a link on your facebook, twitter, or email to friends who you know would feel the same.

*Please note: All images are Copyrighted to Melissa Rachel Black and All Rights Reserved. They may not be copied, used or reproduced without the expressed written permission of Melissa Rachel Black*

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