Molly Maine is a British illustrator from London, known for her evocative travel illustrations, her bold mark-making and her striking colour palettes. Her work aims to capture fleeting moments of excitement, beauty, and solitude, transporting the viewer to a different place with each piece.
After graduating with a BA in Illustration and an MA in Creative Advertising, Molly worked for three years at the Illustration Cupboard Gallery in London, curating illustration exhibitions for artists such as Judith Kerr, Chris Riddell, and Shaun Tan. She then worked for five years at Walker Books, marketing award-winning picture books for illustrators such as Chris Haughton, Jean Jullien and Oliver Jeffers, to name a few.
In 2016 Molly left Walker Books to begin her journey as a freelance illustrator and designer. She joined the early wave of 'digital nomads' and began travelling the world with her Macbook and sketchbook, setting up her freelance design studio Molly Maine Creative from a small cafe in the Himalayas. Six years later, Molly has travelled to 48 countries and continues to run her studio remotely; her client list includes Penguin Random House, ASOS, Curzon Cinema, Simon & Schuster, and Netflix.
Molly's illustrations are hand-drawn with black Japanese brush pens, then rendered digitally using Photoshop, Illustrator, and Procreate. Often inspired by her travels, she draws upon a broad bank of visual references and experiences to recreate the feeling and atmosphere of each location. Molly's colourful, eye-catching style is perfectly suited to advertising and branding commissions, particularly in the travel and lifestyle sectors. She currently lives in Lisbon and has clients worldwide.
University of the Arts London (Chelsea College of Art): Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
Falmouth University: BA Hons Illustration
Nagoya University of the Arts, Japan: Illustration and Graphic Design (International Exchange)
Falmouth University: MA Creative Advertising (Art Direction)
Travel Like a Boss Podcast: Interview with Molly Maine; Starting My Creative Business on the Road
Refinery 29: The Travelling Working Dream with Molly Maine
Coworker Magazine: Coworkers of the World, meet Molly Maine
Storepreneur: Molly Maine on Selling Illustrated Art Prints
Fodor's Travel: Molly Maine's Digital Nomad Tips and Tricks
Chasing Waterfalls: Location Independence: Interview with Molly Maine
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