This month's cover art: HelloMarine

February 28, 2018

 

“It probably took me about six months after I graduated to realise I didn’t want to be in a design studio,” says this month’s cover artist Marine Gentils (artist name HelloMarine), who moved here from France in 2000 to study at the University of Brighton. “So I decided to build up a small portfolio, about ten images, and start going around showing my work as an illustrator, and trying to get commissions.” 

 

 

It went well, and in the time since she’s collaborated with clients including Lacoste, Penguin and Zadig & Voltaire. But just as important, she says, is making time for personal projects: “All the work you do outside of commissions, when it’s a bit quiet, fills your portfolio – and personal projects always bring new commercial work. It’s important creatively as well. Sometimes when you work for clients they really have got boundaries, and sometimes by the end it no longer looks like your style. It keeps me happy creatively to do my own stuff.”

 

 

When we told Marine about our upcoming themes, ‘fabric and fashion’ was the one that jumped out. “I love patterns,” she says. “That’s quite a big theme in my work – patternmaking, I like integrating it into my illustrations. I also seem to get asked a lot to draw feminine figures, strong women, inspiring women. I’ve got that kind of portrait style where I strip back everything from a character, except for the really strong features, so by the end it looks really graphic.”

 


Signature to Marine’s style is her use of bold, vibrant colour palettes. “If I see someone’s outfit or a picture or an object that has colours I like, I record it as a colour scheme – I’ve got a sketchbook in my studio that’s literally just colour schemes – and then I try to use it in my work. Although I draw by hand, I always add my colours in digitally, so I can just click and get a different colour straight away. Recently, though, I’ve started painting. It’s a really different process, I have to think a bit more, I guess. I’d like to take my work in that direction and perhaps do some mural pieces too, just to let me get my hands dirty and to step away from the screen a bit!”

 


Marine has recently signed with Lewes-based illustration agency Meiklejohn, who will be representing her in the UK and further afield. You can see more work from her portfolio at hellomarine.com or by following her on Instagram: @hellomarine

 


Marine is giving one reader the chance to win a print of this month’s cover illustration. Head to her Instagram page and keep your eyes peeled for the competition post to find out how to enter
 

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