Molly Maine is a British illustrator from London, known for her evocative travel illustrations, her bold mark-making and her striking colour palettes. Inspired by her extensive travels, she draws upon a broad bank of visual references and experiences to capture the essence of each place. Her influences include Japanese woodblock prints, American realist painting, street art, and graphic design.
After graduating with a BA in Illustration and an MA in Creative Advertising, Molly worked for eight years in design and marketing roles across London's creative industries, including in-house positions at top advertising agencies, art galleries, and five years with the renowned book publisher, Walker Books.
In 2016 Molly left her position at 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 on the road, from a small cafe in the Himalayas. Seven years later, Molly has travelled to 49 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, then rendered digitally using Procreate, Photoshop, and Illustrator. Her colourful, eye-catching style is well-suited to advertising, design, and packaging commissions, particularly in the travel and lifestyle sectors. She is currently based 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
Proto.io: Design Success - Practical Tips from Designers
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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