Marylou Faure's strong and cheeky female characters, bursting with colour and life

© Marylou Faure. All images courtesy of the artist.

Bold, playful and graphic – this is how illustrator Marylou Faure describes her work. Specialising in character design and handwritten typography, she's renowned for her curvy female portraits.

"I like to focus on the intimate and private worlds of women everywhere," she tells Creative Boom. "There's something really inspiring in portraying the female form that way, close and proximate."

Originally from France, she moved to London in 2012 after completing a Master's in Art Direction and Graphic Design at L’ESAG Peninghen in Paris. She immediately went freelance and has since worked with brands like Spotify, creating a bunch of lovable characters for one of its Christmas campaigns, and Google, illustrating a set of '90s-themed stickers for its messaging app, Allo.

She's also developed Valentine's Day virtual cards for Facebook and collaborated with Ailbhe and Izzy Keane of Izzy Wheels.

More recently, she has created a limited-edition set of figurines, crafted from resin and hand-painted with a gloss finish. Made in the UK, they are proving popular on Instagram where Faure has over 65,000 followers. "The idea behind them is to have them as a decorative object that reminds you to take some time for yourself, let yourself daydream and let your mind wander," she says.

Up next, Marylou Faure is working on a new series to be exhibited in early 2020. "It will be a mixture of silkscreen prints, figurines and other potential home objects," she adds. Discover more at www.maryloufaure.com.

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