Nice and serious illustrator Mary Lou Faure’s line portrait illustrations of various dog’s caught my attention about a month ago. I have since found out that we have more than one thing in common…
Marylou, what’s your story? How did you get to where you are today? So after getting my Master's degree in Graphic and Digital Design in Paris, I decided to come to lovely London. I started working in a few agencies, met some really nice people and used my free time to work on personal projects. Coming to London really helped me to develop my style. I find this city so very inspiring. I'm currently working part time in a creative agency and taking on freelance work on the side!
Which is your favourite character illustration you’ve doodled on to date? I think my favourite would be the mermaid in a bottle. I have a weird obsession with mermaids and can't stop myself from drawing them all the time.
I was always a little obsessed with Mermaids too… I remember my sister and I would swim around with our legs crossed to make like we had tails! So, what did you want to be when you were 10 years old? I believe I wanted to be a pop star during the week and a florist at the weekends. Unfortunately, my singing resembles the cry of a pig getting slaughtered; so I had to face facts and change my plans…
Which University did you go to and what did you study? I went to a French school called "L'Esag Penninghen" and I studied both Graphic and Digital Design.
What’s the proudest moment of your career to date? I'm never really happy with myself. I'm always looking for the next thing to do when a project is done, but I guess my proudest moment must have been when I started a little online shop project with designer Chris Biron.
Which project has been your career highlight? My boyfriend and I created a brand called Dual Originals, where we’re both able to design in our own signature style, we’ve created designs for decks of cards, t-shirts and posters too. It's been so much fun to work on something that is completely our own! We love that it’s new and exciting!
How do you promote yourself? Mostly through Twitter and Dribbble. I find it very hard to go up to someone and hand them my business card… (Especially since I’ve managed to write the wrong e-mail address on all of them!) However I shall endeavor to try to be a bit more forward. My website is of course my go-to dedicated portfolio…
Do you love or loathe social media? I like it. I think it's really useful to follow the work of artists that you love. But I sometimes find myself scrolling down without really knowing what I'm looking at!
Which tools do you use to create stuff? I have a thousand incomplete sketchbooks which I use to plan my creative ideas. I generally finish my illustrations in PhotoShop. I’d love to return to the days of Pen&Ink but somehow I don’t think I could revert the Mac keyboard short-cut ‘cmd-Z’ from my reflexes!
Where do you find inspiration? (And where did the pen&ink doggy doodles come from?) There are a few websites that I go on every day (Dribbble, It's Nice That & Visual Graphic) which are always good for finding inspiration. As for the dogs, I just love them so much! I was always looking at pictures of pooches so I started saving some photos, which gave me the idea of creating a ZINE… It’s not complete yet but I’ll let you know when it is!
What’s your favourite music to work to? I love Rock music but when I'm working anything will do… Anything but heavy metal…
Do you prefer a Pub or a club? 50-50
Favourite pair of shoes? A pair of shiny silver shoes from Cheap Monday
Which magazine do you read religiously? I'm more of a Kindle kind of person
What do you spread on your toast in the morning? Nutella
What are you working on at the moment? I'm trying to enter a few competitions at the moment and I might have my first agency wall mural!