From one girl boss to another, meet Marylou Faure – a London-based French illustrator whose bold and playful designs have caught the eye of business heavyweights such as Google, The Debrief, Deliveroo and TfL. I first came across Marylou at the London Illustration Fair a couple of years ago and more recently discovered her fabulous creations on Instagram via the sticker app. From cheeky food illustrations to more politically poignant posters, her vibrant style is bound to make an impression.
What was your initial inspiration to start your own business?
I really wanted to elaborate an illustration style that was my own and that I would then be able to promote and put forward.
Where do you find inspiration for your illustrations?
In many different ways I think – I can find music very inspiring. Movies and book too, but my main source of inspiration is probably just everyday life! I love looking and listening to people in the streets, some of them have amazing attitudes, styles and conversations that I want to represent in my work.
Who (or what!) has been your biggest inspiration career-wise?
I think Malika Favre has done an amazing job of combining illustration and graphic design. Her work is incredibly clean and strong, with a beautiful colour palette. I also love photographers like Man Ray, Helmut Newton and painters such as Picasso and David Hockney.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced since you first started in the industry?
I think the hardest part is making sure you’re going in the right direction. I constantly criticise my work and try and find a way to make the style evolve and grow. I like what I do but I tend to get bored of it or want to change it very quickly.
What is the most rewarding thing about being an illustrator?
Being able to let your imagination run wild and getting praise and paid for it. That’s just awesome.
From one girl boss to another, what advice would you give you other women wanting to start their own business?
Be confident but don’t be cocky – try new things and have fun.
What is your favourite part of working for yourself?
I get to put my French shows on in the background and no one can say anything about it. That and I’m a pretty organised person, so I like to be able to fully control my planning every week.
If you travel a lot with your job, how do you balance your work/home life?
I’m actually planning on going traveling in August for a few months, in South East Asia, so I guess I’ll be able to tell you when I’m back. I tend to work when I’m on holiday so I’m not a great example…
What’s next for Marylou Faure?!
I’d like to take a bit more time to do my own personal projects and work a bit more on my style, to make it more simple and graphic.
What do you enjoy doing to relax after a stressful day?
I’m in love with my kindle. I can spend days reading a new book on my couch. That and walking alongside the canal with my boyfriend.
Talk us through your day in food: do you have time for breakfast in the morning? What is your favourite meal?
A bowl of Alpen with a flat white. It’s the reason why I wake up in the morning. My favourite meal is probably sushi.
Where is your favourite place to eat out?
We used to have this amazing Korean BBQ place next to our home but it closed down recently. Another favourite is a vegetarian place called The Gate. It’s delicious.
If we came over for dinner, what would you serve us?
I’m the worst cook in the world. The only thing I’m capable of doing is a decent crêpe!
Are there any foods you couldn’t live without?
Soy sauce and chocolate.
Portrait by Stefan Johnson.