For clients

What is your background?
I have a Bdes (graduated from art school in Visual Communication) in concept and graphic design, and worked as a graphic designer and art director for several years. For the first few years at a design company and later on I started working as a freelancer. I developed concepts and designed for large companies mostly, and worked as a freelance (editorial) photographer on the side. I realised creating stories and images was my biggest passion and I did several courses and masterclasses in picture book illustration and writing.
Although my work is mostly focused on illustration, I combine it with my graphic design background. I design book covers, packaging, books, magazines, products, etc. I know how to make designs print-ready without any trouble.

Are you available for commissions by companies and magazines?
Absolutely! Feel free to get in touch with me.

Are you available for personal commissions (portraits, weddings, birth announcements, etc.)?
At this moment I’m not available for personal commissions.
Occasionally I offer a few slots for personal portraits or similar assignments. You can sign up for my newsletter and you will get an email when I have slots available.

For fellow-illustrators

Where did you learn how to draw/Where did you study?
I graduated in Visual Communication at the AKI (art school) in Enschede (NL) which was more focusing on graphic design. I always wanted to be an illustrator but I’m mainly self-taught regarding that aspect.
After my graduation I took several courses and masterclasses in writing for children, illustrating picture books and other illustration and drawing workshops. You can find more about this on my About-page!

How did you get started in illustration?
I wrote a bit about this on my About-page but I also did an interview with Ballpit Mag about this. You can read the article here.

I want to be an illustrator but where do I start?
I have written several articles about this on my blog. Feel free to grab a cup of tea and dive into it! 🙂

Who are your favourite artists?
Carson Ellis, Oliver Jeffers, Quentin Blake, Mary Blair, Fiep Westendorp, Chris Haughton, Maira Kalman, Rebecca Green, David Hockney, Gemma Correll, Jon Klassen, Lucy Knisley, Maurice Sendak, amongst others.

Do you take interns/Can you be my mentor?
Due to time restraints I unfortunately can not.

Can I grab a coffee with you to discuss my project/portfolio/illustration career?
Unfortunately I don’t offer 1-on-1 help, mentorship or portfolio reviews in my spare time, as I would love to spend more time with my friends and family. I also don’t offer personal help through email or Skype. Thanks for understanding!

Do you teach workshops?
I do! Please take a look at my workshops-page. You will find all the answers there!

Do you sell prints or products of your work?
Yes, I do! You can find them in my shop.

For blogs/related to promotion

Can I use your work and illustrations that is posted online for whatever I want?
No, you can not. As I live in the Netherlands, all of my creations are protected under the copyright law, also known as the Berne Convention. This means as the maker I’m the rightful owner of all my work. If you want to share my work somewhere, please contact me first. I do allow social media shares, as you can read below.

Can I share your work on social media?
If you’re not a business or wanting to do so for commercial reasons: go ahead. But don’t edit my work and don’t cut off the signature.
Also make sure to link to my website or instagram-account. Thanks!

If you’re a business: contact me and we’ll talk about it! Please do not post my work without my permission.

Can I write a blog post about your work?
Absolutely! You can share my work by embedding the images directly from my instagram-account.
Also, don’t forget to link to my website: marloesdevries.com
If you want to upload my work directly on your own server, please contact me first so I can apply appropriate copyright watermarks to my work.

Can I translate your work/comics to my own language?
All my work is copyrighted protected, so if you want to make translations to another language, please ask my permission first.

Can I use one of your illustrations for my logo/promotional item/business/unrelated article etc.?
If you would like it to use for promotional purposes, blog post, article or business, please contact me and let me know what you are going to use it for, what the purpose is and what your budget is. As all of my work is copyrighted and protected by the Dutch law, I will make a license for you available.
It is not allowed to use any of my illustrations without my consent.


I hope the answer to your question is in this FAQ! Due to the number of questions, I cannot personally answer all of them. You can also find answers to general questions through Google, so please give that a shot too. If you’re interested in learning more about being an illustrator, feel free to check out my blog!

Please note that if you’re a client, you are always free to contact me.