Melissa Gay is a critically-acclaimed artist of book covers, botany manuals, roleplaying games, and even a tarot deck. She practices the Imaginative Realism style of painting and likes to show scenes of uplifting agency. She loves featuring diverse gender, colors, sizes and ages in her illustrations.
She has worked with publishers such as Mythopoeic Press, Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd., Hay House, and Apex Press, Pelgrane Press, Evil Hat, DOJ, Margaret Weiss Productions, Third Eye Games, Blackwyrm Press, Accessible Games, Immersion Press, and Lone Wanderer Productions.
Her game credits include illustrations for the multi-award-winning Dresden Files RPG, HERO 6th edition, Fantasy HERO and its supplement Book of Dragons; Trail of Cthulhu supplements such as The Dracula Dossier, the ENnie award nominated Dreamhounds of Paris, and Soldiers of Pen and Ink; the Firefly RPG supplement Freedom Flyer, the Crimeworld Fate Core supplement, the ENnie Award nominated Mermaid Adventures, Camp Myth, and Infestation: A Game of Bugs and Heroes; Part-Time Gods and its supplements, Psi-Punk and its supplements, the Dungeon World supplement Plague of Storms, The Algernon Files NPC superheroes sourcebooks by Blackwyrm Press, The Elves of Uteria and its supplements. Her speculative fiction book covers include Sara M. Harvey’s Penemue trilogy (Apex Press), and HebrewPunk (Apex Press), and Jesus and the Eightfold Path (Immersion Press edition) for World Fantasy Award winning author Lavie Tidhar. Recently she has branched into children’s illustration with Cathy Coley’s Felix the Comet.