The journey of becoming a freelancer

Marylou is a London based French illustrator

Leading up to her solo exhibition at theprintspace Gallery, we caught up with Marylou Faure at her Shoreditch based studio in London, on how she made the jump to becoming a freelance illustrator.

Starting off working full-time at an agency, Marylou gathered as much knowledge about the industry as possible before slowly making the transfer to becoming a freelance illustrator. In the beginning, she combined working part-time at the agency with two days a week working on private commissions. This allowed her to safely build up a client base without making the full commitment straight away.

By signing up to competitions, exhibition open calls and spreading her work as much as possible by contacting brands, creative studios and agencies directly, people became more aware of Marylou’s style and work. The small commissions she was already receiving, lead to more content that could be used for her portfolio and resulted in becoming a full-time freelancer.

From passion projects to commercial commissions; see how new wave illustrator Marylou Faure balances work life as a freelancer.