As a little girl I started making robots out of shoe boxes and toilet rolls and grabbed every piece of paper available in the house so I could draw. I ended up going to art school, where I graduated in Bdes Visual Communication.
After graduating I worked as a graphic designer, art director and photographer for several years, but decided in 2010 to take the leap and work as an illustrator, which was the best decision I ever made.

Nowadays, I work as a freelance illustrator and writer, working with publishers, magazines and other companies. I absolutely enjoy working with others, creating exciting projects. I illustrate (picture) books, design book covers, create editioral illustrations for magazines, create comics and cartoons for Tina and Flair. Next to my illustration work, I’m also a freelancer writer for magazines like Flow Magazine and Charlie.

Although I felt in the beginning of my career I missed a few years in illustration by being a graphic designer, I find my design background very useful to me now as I can create my own books and projects technically, but also for clients I do design-related projects.

My native language is Dutch and I’m fluent in English (Cambridge C2-level). I can read and speak German but writing is difficult for me.

Marloes De Vries Illustration

Photo by Angélica Vis

I absolutely love…

Riding bicycles, eating pancakes, walking on bare feet in freshly mowed grass, grilled tomatoes, shaving pencils, book shops, handwritten letters, being outdoors and hiking, collecting picture books, graphic novels, biting carrots, freshly washed bedsheets, walking on flip flops, the UK, wearing mittens, reading books, travelling, record players, cracking eggs, Scottish accents, chocolate mousse, old photographs. 


Interviews

Ohh Deer | Freelance Wisdom | Thunder ChunkyBallpit Mag | Citinerary | Hidden Hipsters

Featured on/in

Teen Vogue | Forbidden Planet | Design Milk | Buzzfeed | Bored Panda | 9GAG | Froot.nl | Flow Magazine | Oh Comely

Awards & nominations

2015 | Viva400, 2nd place Creatives
2015 | Drentse Talentprijs Cultuur, winner
2014 | Cultuurprijs Emmen, winner
2014 | Adobe Creative Jam Award, winner

Education

2015 | Masterclass picture book illustration, by Chris Haughton, Benji Davies and Alexis Deacon | Atapuerca (Spain)
2012 | Anglia Ruskin, course picture book illustration | Cambridge (UK)
2011 | Course Writing Children’s Books, by Tjibbe Veldkamp | Groningen (NL)
2007 | AKI, Academy for visual arts and design | Enschede (NL)

Selected clients

Flow Magazine, Ohh Deer, Leopold Uitgevers, Paperchase, NRC, Tina, TEDx, Lev. Publisher, Ravensburger, Flair, Luitingh-Sijthoff, Charlie Magazine, American Greetings, Uitgeverij Snor, Flavourites, Usborne Publishers, Provincie Drenthe, Memisa, Blossom Books, Blond Amsterdam, Van Halewyck Uitgeverij, Gallery Nucleus, Workman Publishers New York, Zwijssen, Lev., Hautekiet Uitgevers, A.W. Bruna Uitgevers.

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