Melinda Keough is an artist,
illustrator and creative director.

Her specialty is creating elegant images with expressive line weights, graphic shapes and thoughtful negative spaces. These images span a variety of media - ink, watercolor and marker  - but are all elegant and graphic. These images have been used in editorial designs, advertising campaigns and consumer products. 

Prior to developing her skills as an illustrator Melinda worked exclusively as an advertising art director and creative director for 16 years. Her experience working in adverting taught her to develop a range of ideas quickly, to edit, to collaborate and to deliver a project on time. She loves collaborating with art directors, writers, designers, strategists, producers, music supervisors, editors and directors. Collaborating with creative people is the best part of every project.

Currently Melinda freelances as both an illustrator and advertising creative. In addition she creative directs a line of illustrated gifts and stationary for Ruby Sneakers, the company she co-founded in 2021.

If you'd like to discuss a project or a collaboration you can reach Melinda here

Her latest work (and works in progress) can be found on Instagram.


Founder / Creative Director
Ruby Sneakers
March 2021 - present

Freelance Creative
May. 2022 - Nov. 2022

Creative Director
Sept. 2020 - Sept. 2021

Freelance Creative
Feb. 2019 - Nov. 2019

Studio Melinda Keough
Nov. 2018 - Jan. 2021

Freelance Creative Director
Media Arts Lab, Facebook,
Nomad Editorial, RPA, Apple
April 2013 - present

Associate Creative Director
Media Arts Lab, LA
November 2010 - March 2013

Associate Creative Director
November 2007  - October 2010


University of Michigan, School of Art
BFA, Graphic Design

Adhouse NY
Many evening courses in advertising 
2001 - 2002


American Illustration 39, 2020

Cannes Grand Prix - Press, 2013
iPad Mini back covers

One Show Entertainment
Bronze, 2010


The Washington Post
Ruby Sneakers
Emerson Collective

© Melinda Keough  2023