About From an early age, Melody Cassen pursued a multitude of art forms, including painting, drawing, weaving, ceramics, and even cooking, always experimenting with what worked best for her ideas. At the age of 8 she created a winning advertisement for a local store. Her talents naturally led her to pursue a career in art. After completing a degree in graphic design at East Carolina University she headed to New York City, where she designed book covers for publishing houses Random House and Simon & Schuster, among others, for such names as James Patterson, Amy Tan, Bethenny Frankel, R.E.M., Nicholas Sparks and many other New York Times bestselling authors. After ten years of working in publishing both as a designer and art director, Melody turned her attention to creating images that embody her own style and personal point of view. She left her staff job to freelance as a photo illustrator, maintaining many of her publishing ties as she pursued editorial and corporate work.
In 2011, Melody relocated back to North Carolina where, in addition to her corporate work, she has developed a new collection, Melody V., which embodies her own eclectic tastes, expressions of the Feminine and multicultural beauty. To read a little more about Melody’s work and process, check out her interview with The Alternative Pick. Her work has been represented in the Graphis Photo Annual.
Clients: Algonquin Books • Bantam Books • Bloomsbury • Disney/Hyperion • Doubleday • Hachette Book Group • Harper Collins Publishers • Olo Acupuncture • Penguin Book Group • Pocket Books • Random House • Rodale • Scholastic Books • Simon & Schuster • St. Martin’s Press • Summerjoy Press • Time Out New York • Utne Reader