Melissa Gay began life as a scientific illustrator and transitioned to her first love, sci-fi/fantasy book and roleplaying game illustration. Her client list includes Baen Books, Llewellyn Worldwide, Hay House, Apex Press, Mythopoeic Press, Atlas Games, Pelgrane Press, Evil Hat, Hero Games/DOJ, Legendary Games, Margaret Weis Productions, Third Eye Games, Dead Gentlemen Productions, Ryan Macklin Productions, Cosm Games, Accessible Games, Immersion Press, and Sagaborn. Her drawings and paintings are in the hands of private collectors around the world, and several have been featured in the annual Infected By Art anthologies. She belongs to the Changeling Artist Collective, she co-founded the Bird Whisperer Project, and she is a moderator of the Facebook art groups Women In Fantastical Illustration and One Fantastic Week. 

She has art in or on the cover of many award winning, critically acclaimed, and fan favorite games-- a partial list includes the Dresden Files RPG (Evil Hat), Over the Edge 2nd ed. (Atlas Games), HERO 6th ed., Fantasy HERO, HERO Bestiary, Book of Dragons (Hero Games/DoJ), The Dracula Dossier, Dreamhounds of Paris, Soldiers of Pen and Ink, KWAS vols 1 and 2, 13th Age RPG (Pelgrane Press), Firefly:Freedom Flyer (MWP), Crimeworld (Fate Core by Evil Hat), Mermaid Adventures, Camp Myth, Infestation: A Game of Bugs and Heroes, Part-Time Gods, Apocalypse Prevention, Inc. (Third Eye Games), Psi-Punk (Accessible Games), Sagaborn (Lone Wanderer), Demon Hunters RPG: A Comedy of Terrors (Dead Gentlemen), and Katanas and Trenchcoats (Ryan Macklin Productions). 




  • April 2018: Crowd Visions - a collaborative sci-fi art and literature project by the University of Arizona in which Hugo-winning author Elizabeth Bear teams up with Melissa Gay to produce art that is influenced by input from the reading/viewing audience. 
  • June 2018:  "Beehive" - Cover for Year's Best Military and Adventure Sci-Fi, Baen Books.
  • November 2018: "Offering" in Infected By Art vol. 6; The Fall of Delta Green RPG, Pelgrane Press - interior illustrations.
  • December 2018:  Yellow King RPG: The Wars, Pelgrane Press - Cover and all interior illustrations.



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Art Directors can reach her at (a full CV or list of game credits is available on request). For all other inquiries, please use the contact form on the sidebar.