1970s Ski Jacket

As a longtime illustrator and cartoonist, I am a storyteller by nature. “1970s Ski Jacket” grew from a solo exhibition titled “Lite Brite” where I truly let my imagination run free. This composition is inspired by early childhood memories of cold winter months in the Midwest. Days and nights happily spent in the layers of puffy jackets, pom-pom hats and hand-knitted scarves. I use a watercolor-resist technique in creating this artwork. Drawing with wax oil pastel and crayons, then finishing with black watercolor washes—the final results are always a complete surprise! As someone who typically illustrates with a lot of detail and control, I love working in a style that is unpredictable and delightfully spontaneous.

Crayon and watercolor, 2021

Melissa Lomax is a freelance illustrator, art teacher, and cartoonist with 20 years of experience in the creative industry. Some of her clients include American Greetings, Recycled Paper Greetings, Sellers Publishing, Inc. and Highlights for Children, Inc. Her comic Doodle Town posts on, the largest catalog of syndicated cartoons and comics (Andrews McMeel Universal). When she is not in the art studio, she enjoys spending time in nature, drinking really good coffee and “everyday adventures” with her husband.