FAQ

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.

What languages do you speak?
My native language is Dutch, English is my second. I also speak Dutch Low Saxon, the language I grew up with and learned from my parents. German is my third language, which I understand and speak, but I can’t write it properly (in my opinion).

Do you work for free?
For commercial businesses: no, although I am willing to make fair trades (your product/service for my work/service).
For non-profit: every year I pick a few charities/non-profit organisations to work for without payment so do get in touch if that’s what you do!

Do you do sponsored posts or collaborations with brands?
Occasionally, I do. Read more about it on this page. Please know that I don’t work for free

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! 🙂

What materials do you use?
I used quite a wide range! Here it goes:
Paint: mainly Winsor&Newton Designer gouache, and Lascaux gouache. I also use Holbein Acryla Gouache.
Paint brushes: DaVinci and Escoda brushes are my favourite.
Inks: sumi ink, Winsor&Newton indian ink, calligraphy ink.
Coloured pencils: Caran d’Ache Pablo and Faber Castell Polychromos.
Watercolours: Winsor&Newton
For sketching: 2B pencils (no specific brand) and red erasable pencils from Staedtler.
Sketchbooks: anything I can get my hands on 🙂
Digital: Wacom Cintiq+ Photoshop and iPad + Procreate (standard brushes).
I occasionally use crayons from Caran d’Ache (Neocolor II), Palomino Blackwing pencils, Copic markers, fineliners from Faber Castell, pocket brush pen from Pentel, a handmade fountain pen by Dan Berry, scissors from Ikea (not fuzzy) and washi tape from MT when painting.

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 offer this.

Can I discuss my project/portfolio/illustration career with you?
We can schedule an appointment if you like! This can be through Skype or in my studio in Rotterdam. Sessions start from 1 hour at a rate of €100 excl. VAT. This rate is higher than my illustration rate because I will give you as much valuable information as I can, which I gathered over the past 10 years in my career. You can get in touch with me through email.

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.

Where do you get your products (prints, pins, books) made and how do I go about selling my own work?
I will happily advice you on your business through an advice session (starting from 1 hour, with an hourly rate). You can get in touch with me through email.

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.