What is your background?
I’ve been working full time as an illustrator and designer since 2007. Eleven years have flown by!
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 charity/non-profit organisation 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?
Rarely, but sometimes, yes. 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!
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! 🙂
Do you take interns?
Due to time restraints I unfortunately can not offer this.
Would you like to go for coffee?/Can you pick your brain?/Can you advice me on a certain topic?
I get this request a lot, almost daily. And although it sounds really nice, it takes a lot of time. Time I can’t spend on my own work and projects, so it directly costs me money.
I still do coffee-meetings and you can still call me to pick my brain but as you get my undivided attention and solid advice, I charge a fee for it. You can find more about it here!
Can you promote my illustration work on your social media and blog?
No, as I’m not an illustration agency.
Do you teach workshops?
I do! Please take a look at my workshops-page. You will find all the answers there!
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.
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, Maurice Sendak, amongst others.
Do you sell prints or products of your work?
Yes, I do! You can find them in my shop. I also have a card range with Ohh Deer, which is also available in Paperchase shops around the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands.
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). Find more info here!
Where can I find interviews with you?
I have listed a few interviews here.
Can I share your work on social media?
For personal use, you can share my work. But don’t edit my work and don’t cut off the signature. Please don’t forget to credit me properly! If you want to share it on Instagram, you can find a re-posting guide in my highlights.
If you’re a business wanting to sell your product or service with my work, I do charge a fee for that. Please contact me beforehand for permission. For business using my work for commercial purposes without my permission I am most likely to send the business an invoice.
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.