I was called the Poster Child for 2020.

“Care Less” by Melissa Whitaker

In a recent Facebook post regarding accomplishments for 2020, an acquaintance replied that I was the “Poster Child” for 2020. My first response was, MEOW, what a B**** slap. In the past, I would have felt guilty that I could have even offended someone because that was not my intention. Now, after the year 2020, I realize her response was not my problem.

I think everyone can agree that 2020 will go down in the history books as the worst year on record for politics, pandemics, social anxiety, the climate, protests, racial…


Digital illustration of a woman on her back smoking a cigar and she blows a plume of Art Deco Style smoke.
Digital illustration of a woman on her back smoking a cigar and she blows a plume of Art Deco Style smoke.
“Exhale” Digital Illustration by Melissa Whitaker

Why should I be ashamed to describe what nature was not ashamed to create? (Pietro Aretino)

For the past several weeks I have questioned everything I was taught and everything that influenced who I am today and one of the main things taught was to suppress who I was to please others. What did I learn? I was not good enough and people would not like me for who I truly was. (That is truly F***** up).

So I called a friend and he asked me, “Your artwork is so diverse from childhood innocence to fantasy to sexuality, what is…


“WTF?” Digital Illustration by Melissa Whitaker

In 2019 I participated for the first time in Inktober 2019. I was nervous yet determined to draw every day for a month and I did it. The energy and exhaustion of it made me sick for several days in November but I was excited because I accomplished it. Some days I used ink and other days I drew on my iPad. The point of inktober is to create every day. It doesn’t matter what it is, just create something.

In 2019 I was not creating art full time, so I dove into Inktober head first and put all my…


“Rose Tinted View” Digital Illustration by Melissa Whitaker

Times like these force me to put on my rose tinted glasses and look towards the future and what I see ahead is GOOD.

The past couple of days I have found myself in a depressive funk. The news is bad and it bombards us everyday like a blitzkrieg. I keep thinking this is the way my favorite Zombie movies always begin, with a cough. The problem is whenever I feel overwhelmed and frustrated I like to watch Zombie movies, I use to find them therapeutic, but life now seems to be turning into The Night of the Living Dead…


About Letting Others Define You

Black and white illustration of a woman holding index finger to her lips & a splash of multiple colors streaks over her eyes
Black and white illustration of a woman holding index finger to her lips & a splash of multiple colors streaks over her eyes
“The Secret” Acrylic and Ink on Canvas by Melissa Whitaker

Wow! My first post on Medium and I am nervous. My mind automatically starts wandering and giving me negative thoughts.

  • No one is going to read this. (Then it really doesn’t matter what I write, because no one will know).
  • You’re using too many periods and people will think you’re mad. (I recently learned that there is a grammar/non-grammar etiquette. Apparently, too many periods are bad in texting but ok in blogging? I am sure someone will correct me on this).
  • No one is going to read this. (Go away. You already said that).
  • People…

Melissa Whitaker

Artist | Illustrator | Photographer Writing about art, life, inspiration, and the journey of self-discovery. https://melissawhitakerart.com

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