Hey there!

My name is Melquea Smith (pronounced "Mehl-kwee-yah" ❤) and I’m a published, multi-award winning Black female illustrator based in New York. Certified kid at heart, I focus on drawing animals and mythological creatures (especially dragons). I was that quirky one in class that doodled more than I did homework. Color, magic, and interesting storytelling excite me.

When not illustrating, you can find me watching cartoons and animated movies, learning about Japan, terribly dancing with my cat Kilala, and giving my other cat Bumblebee pit-pats on her super fluffy tummy.

To discuss business inquiries and picture book representation, please shoot me an email at: prettykittycommissions[at]gmail[dot]com

I’d love to hear from you!


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