Melrose Maps

Hello! If you’ve been following me on social media recently, you’ve probably noticed an increase in fantasy maps in my posts.

I’ve loved drawing maps ever since my mom taught me how to distress paper to make it look old for a school project. Combine that with my deep abiding love and inspiration from J.R.R. Tolkien, and his maps in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, I have enjoyed in creating maps for myself and the stories that run through my head for a long time.

Before these past few minths, I never really considered pursuing drawing maps more than for my own pleasure, but when I posted those first few maps on Facebook and Instagram, I received a very good response, in addition to several commissions. I realized that I had tapped into something that people wanted and needed.

Because of this, I decided to create Melrose Maps as an offshoot of my illustration business.

You can now find examples of some of my maps here on the Melrose Maps tab on my website. You can find more recent maps and work-in-progress videos on my map Instagram @melrosemaps. I also now have map prints available on distressed, thick paper on my store! Check them out here!
I am planning on launching a Patreon for Melrose Maps this coming January 2020. There will create maps geared towards RPG players, dungeon and game masters, or anyone wanting world-building map inspiration. Some tiers will include one random inspiration map a month, or map packs with interacting maps and illustrations designed to enhance your adventures. I am hoping to implementbsome other cool ideas as my Patreon grows, so stay tuned for that!

Anyway, thanks for reading, and let know if you need any illustrations or maps! I am currently available for commissions.


Show Announcement: Studio Ghibli Tribute Gallery!

I am so, so, so, so excited to announce that I will be participating as a Gallery Artist as well as a Vendor in Artist Lodge’s Studio Ghilbli Tribute Gallery. I am a HUGE fan of Studio Ghibli, so I am beyond excited to be a part of it! Thank you to Humalong Productions and the Artist Lodge for putting the event together!

Check out my instagram for more updates and teasers of my pieces as the date draws nearer!

Hope to see you there!

Ornamental Oddities Gallery

Hello everyone! I am delighted to announce that I will participating in Fan*Alley’s Artist Lodge Ornamental Oddities Gallery and I will have a table at the event! (I’m so excited!)
This is a special show; instead of our traditional art gallery, there will be handmade ornaments made by local artists that you can’t get anywhere else. I’ve been working on some fun ornaments and I can’t wait to show you what I’ve got in the mix. It will be an excellent place to get Christmas shopping done this year and get a unique something special for the special people in your life.
In addition there will be local artist vendors, live music cosplay drawing, raffles and more!
The Halloween show was so much fun, and I can’t wait for this one!

Hope to see you there!

It will take place on December 1st, 2018 from 5-9:30pm at the Boys Girls Club of Stanton, 11050 Cedar St, Stanton, CA 90680

Step One: A Solo Show by Melissa Beth Rose

My first solo art show called Step One, as it is my first step towards my artistic career goals of getting myself out there as an artist. It’s a show of collection of my art over the past several years, now in the Agora Lounge at Redeemer Church, La Mirada. It will be up until March 5th. I want to thank everyone who came to the opening, and made it so much fun, and making me feel so well loved and supported! Enjoy!

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The Artist’s Studio Set

IMG_1465I made a miniature set of an artist’s studio! It was so much fun to make. There was a lot of scouring for tiny things, tons of hot glue, and making of small paintings and drawings. I hope you enjoy!






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Here you can get a sense of the actual scale.

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Past and Present Photography

As an artist, I am usually strongest in the drawing and painting department. While I thoroughly enjoy experimenting with many different media, it is my main base. I have never really considered myself a “photographer”. I think this is mostly because I know many very talented people who do, in fact, consider themselves professional photographers, and their work is amazing. I do, however, very much enjoy taking photos for my own enjoyment, and every once in a while, I think I get something worth while. So, I give you, my photos:

I have always enjoyed abstract photography, because of its inherent irony.  The average photo is usually considered to be a realistic depiction of objects in space based on light itself.

But light doesn’t always show us everything clearly, and we can’t always see all of the picture.  A photo can still be a mystery, and that is intriguing.


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Of course, traditional photos are very much worthwhile as well. To capture what is around us, is something that humans have been doing since caveman days, and now photography is the quickest way to do that.

These are views from my home town in Oregon that I took on a walk very near my house. I am particularly fond of the deer sign one. Sadly, I did not see any real deer that day.

A View From Home

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These are in or around my apartment in Southern California where I am living now. They were during some of the rare times when SoCal actually has clouds.

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Still Home Life

These are from a trip to Vegas a while back.  The baby one, I still do not understand.  I tried looking in there… only blue light.

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If you are interested in more of my everyday photography, you can follow me on instagram: