Matt Manley

Matt Manley - Designer

Lansing, MI, USA

Illustrator creating art that's mid-way between fine art and illustration, using a combination of digital and traditional methods.

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Overview

I’ve been in the illustration biz over 20 years. Many clients come to me when they have a complex or difficult idea to visualize, and I thrive on that process. My work inhabits a zone mid-way between fine art and illustration, and between digital and traditional methods. I consider myself an artistic alchemist; many themes in my art center on opposites being combined together: styles, digital/traditional, oil/water.

My work is a combination of oil on canvas paintings, pencil and ink drawings, paint textures, photos, direct scans, all layered and combined in Photoshop. This gives me the freedom to combine oil and water media (ink, watercolor, acrylic paint) in a single image, and then add text, photos and line art into the mix. Working digitally allows me to realize my stylistic vision within the tighter time constraints of illustration deadlines. It also allows me to give the feel of physical human contact, interaction, and warmth to work created digitally.

My past clients have included: North American Review • Virginia Quarterly Review • Chronicle of Higher Education • MEBN • Current Psychology • Pomona College • Duke University • Wake Forest University • McDonalds • TIAA Cref • Connecticut Magazine • Scholastic Books • DK Publishing • Clarion • Harper Collins • Sanctuary Records • RCA Records • Dowden Health • St. Anthony Messenger • Discover Magazine • Hayhouse • MOAA • Johns Hopkins • Stylorouge • University of Pittsburgh • SDSU


Services
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Education & Reference
Health & wellbeing
Philosophy
Psychology
Fiction
Fantasy
Literary Fiction
Short Story
Young Adult

Work experience

Freelance Illustration

Self-employed
April, 1994 – Present (over 25 years)

Clients have included: Chronicle of Higher Education, Current Psychology, Hayhouse, Scholastic Books, Discover Magazine, DK Publishing, Harper Collins, Sanctuary Records and more.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

The Spirit Messages Daily Guidance Oracle Deck: A 50-Card Deck and Guidebook

John Holland

Your loved ones in the Spirit World want to talk to you as much as you want to talk to them! The Spirit Messages Daily Guidance Oracle Deck,with its accompanying guidebook and 50 beautifully designed cards, was created by John Holland to assist you in getting support, comfort, and divine guidance from Spirit, your loved ones, family, ancestors, friends, guides, and helpers in the Spirit World.... read more

Your loved ones in the Spirit World want to talk to you as much as you want to talk to them! The Spirit Messages Daily Guidance Oracle Deck,with its accompanying guidebook and 50 beautifully designed cards, was created by John Holland to assist you in getting support, comfort, and divine guidance from Spirit, your loved ones, family, ancestors, friends, guides, and helpers in the Spirit World.... read more

The Waterless Sea (The Chanters of Tremaris, Book 2)

Kate Constable

The sequel to the critically aclaimed THE SINGER OF ALL SONGS draws readers even deeper into the magical world of Tremaris--and presents a temptation that Calwyn may not be able to overcome...The second novel in the captivating Chanters of Tremaris Trilogy follows Calwyn and her friends to the desolate Merithuran Empire. As they search for a group of kidnapped children who have the gift of enc... read more

The sequel to the critically aclaimed THE SINGER OF ALL SONGS draws readers even deeper into the magical world of Tremaris--and presents a temptation that Calwyn may not be able to overcome...The second novel in the captivating Chanters of Tremaris Trilogy follows Calwyn and her friends to the desolate Merithuran Empire. As they search for a group of kidnapped children who have the gift of enc... read more

Poetry of Rumi 2020 7 x 7 Inch Monthly Mini Wall Calendar by Brush Dance, Art Poems Poet

Brush Dance, BrownTrout Publishers Inc.

Travel back in time and space to Ancient Persia, guided by the words of the enduring Sufi poet Rumi. His mystic words have survived and inspired over the centuries. Accompanying the poet's works are surreal images to transport you to a magical place where the soul yearns to return. Photography - Enjoy stunning, full-color photographs every single month Durable Construction - Quality and sturdy... read more

Travel back in time and space to Ancient Persia, guided by the words of the enduring Sufi poet Rumi. His mystic words have survived and inspired over the centuries. Accompanying the poet's works are surreal images to transport you to a magical place where the soul yearns to return. Photography - Enjoy stunning, full-color photographs every single month Durable Construction - Quality and sturdy... read more

The Singer of All Songs: Book 1 of the Chanters of Tremaris Trilogy

Kate Constable

Calwyn has lived all her life among the priestesses of Antaris, tending to her bees and dreaming of the mysterious world beyond the Wall. Then she discovers a man lying unconscious within the Wall, Darrow, who tells her of the fear and hatred that hold sway in the Outlands, where the magic arts of chantment are disappearing. They journey together to cities of golden stone and seas ruled by blo... read more

Calwyn has lived all her life among the priestesses of Antaris, tending to her bees and dreaming of the mysterious world beyond the Wall. Then she discovers a man lying unconscious within the Wall, Darrow, who tells her of the fear and hatred that hold sway in the Outlands, where the magic arts of chantment are disappearing. They journey together to cities of golden stone and seas ruled by blo... read more

The Tenth Power (Chanters of Tremaris, Book 3) (The Chanters of Tremaris)

Kate Constable

Kate Constable's magnificent musical trilogy reaches its high note as Calwyn returns to Antaris and discovers the true Singer of All Songs.At the beginning of THE SINGER OF ALL SONGS, Calwyn fled Antaris with Darrow to defeat the ambitious chanter Samis. In THE TENTH POWER, she comes back to the mountains in hopes of rejuvenating her lost powers of chantment. But Samis's magic left terrible sc... read more

Kate Constable's magnificent musical trilogy reaches its high note as Calwyn returns to Antaris and discovers the true Singer of All Songs.At the beginning of THE SINGER OF ALL SONGS, Calwyn fled Antaris with Darrow to defeat the ambitious chanter Samis. In THE TENTH POWER, she comes back to the mountains in hopes of rejuvenating her lost powers of chantment. But Samis's magic left terrible sc... read more

Poetry of Rumi 2018 Wall Calendar

Brush Dance and Matt Manley

Passionate and witty, earthy and mystical, the soul-stirring poetry of 13th century Sufi poet Rumi transports us, especially when translated by Coleman Barks and accompanied by the work of artist Matt Manley. Monthly Quotes:January: Go to the well of deep love inside each of us. Be generous and grateful. - RumiFebruary: Every moment is made glorious by the light of love. - RumiMarch: Do not fe... read more

Passionate and witty, earthy and mystical, the soul-stirring poetry of 13th century Sufi poet Rumi transports us, especially when translated by Coleman Barks and accompanied by the work of artist Matt Manley. Monthly Quotes:January: Go to the well of deep love inside each of us. Be generous and grateful. - RumiFebruary: Every moment is made glorious by the light of love. - RumiMarch: Do not fe... read more

Poetry of Rumi 2017 Wall Calendar

Brush Dance and Matt Manley

Passionate and witty, earthy and mystical, the soul-stirring poetry of 13th century Sufi poet Rumi transports us, especially when translated by Coleman Barks and accompanied by the work of artist Matt Manley. Monthly Quotes:January: Go to the well of deep love inside each of us. Be generous and grateful. - RumiFebruary: Every moment is made glorious by the light of love. - RumiMarch: Do not fe... read more

Passionate and witty, earthy and mystical, the soul-stirring poetry of 13th century Sufi poet Rumi transports us, especially when translated by Coleman Barks and accompanied by the work of artist Matt Manley. Monthly Quotes:January: Go to the well of deep love inside each of us. Be generous and grateful. - RumiFebruary: Every moment is made glorious by the light of love. - RumiMarch: Do not fe... read more

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