I love to put life into my work with a twinkle in the eye or just a shift of the head. As an experienced artist, I have my own look, but I am also capable of illustrating anything requested: any special style realistic or graphic. I can create work digitally, conventionally or a combination of both.

Work Samples

  • animated animals-1

  • animated animals-2

  • animated animals-3

Work History

Valerie J. Meler RR82 Box 4107, Flemington, MO 65650 - (816) 863-2290 vmeler2@gmail.com Experience Hallmark Cards, Inc. 12/96 – 12/07 Kansas City, MO Illustrator IV – Design, illustrate and plan Greeting Cards. Team participant on KIDS teams, Keepsakes ornaments, special projects. Small group leader on special teams. Accepted various speaking engagements while keeping a full production number. Trained on PhotoShop, Illustrator, Microsoft Office, Orbiter, Optix, JourynyX. Put into practice the use of programs for tracking, filing, storing digital artwork. DaySpring Cards 8/92 – 12/96 Siloam Springs, AR Senior Designer/Illustrator – Concept, design, illustrate and finishes for the greeting card lines. Trained others in the use of research tools. Taught different groups fine art, color coordination, and watercolor. Trade show representative. Hallmark Cards, Inc. 6/83 – 6/87 Kansas City, MO Gift and Occasion Illustrator: Design and illustrate the gifts line, including stickers, party invitations, gift wrap, albums; design and sculpture for lapel pins and figures. The Heartline gift line: design, pattern and sewing of plush, sculpting accessories, designs for figurines, and presentation illustrations. Freelance Experience Current, Inc. Hallmark Cards, Inc. 1005 E. Woodmen Rd 2501 McGee Colorado Springs, CO 80919 Kansas City, MO 64141 Modern Publishing Walter Drake & Sons 155 E. 55th St. Drake Building New York, NY 10022 Colorado Springs, CO 80940 Experience in design, illustration and writing of children’s books. Catalog art, paste-up, type specs, layout, color separation, air brush, mechanics, labels, stationary


Cleveland Institute Of Art