Welcoming Hello Marine to Yellow House Art Licensing. We are delighted to welcome Hello Marine, an exciting new art brand. Hello Marine's bright, modern artwork is refreshingly bold and extremely current. Hello Marine has recently attracted a commission from Heals and press attention in Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph. We are looking forward to seeing Marine's designs translated onto an array of special products - just contact us to commission or license Hello Marine artwork.
The talent behind Hello Marine
Where were you brought up?
Paris and South Ouest of France, near Toulouse.
How did you become an Artist?
After my degree in Graphic Design I decided that my love for image making was too important to ignore and i set up myself as a freelance illustrator straight away.
How long have you been an artist for?
11 years. Here is a quick list of some of the clients i’ve been working for: The Guardian, New York Times, Lacoste, Heal’s, Penguin, Time Out, Bayard, Conde Nast, Jazeira Airways, Virgin, Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance, Relais&Chateaux, DesignWeek, Ministry Of Sound, Debenhams, Asos, Waterstone, Big Chill festival, The Big Issue, Hodder & Stoughton....
Where and what did you study?
I did a foundation course at Plymouth College of Art and Design and a degree in Graphic Design in Brighton University.
What mediums do you prefer?
I start all my work by line drawing and then rework everything on the computer mainly using photoshop. Colour is very important to me so i collect colour schemes in a sketchbook.
How would you describe your own work?
My style is bold, colourful, and joyful and my illustrations appeal to both adults and children alike.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
My inspirations are constantly evolving but the work of people like Margaret Kilgallen, Sonia Delaunay, and folk art is a constant.
Describe your perfect day:
A perfect day would be spent with my family, going for long walks, being creative and cooking and eating delicious food prepared together. It would also involve seing my friends and going to see some live music somewhere. A perfect day also always start with a good cup of coffee.
What piece of your work are you most proud of and why?
I’m very proud of my work for Heal’s because it’s such an iconic established house known for quality designs, it was only my second go at textiles and i printed all the collection myself.
Have you done any interesting commissions? Or done work for anyone notable?
My collection for Heal’s, Alice Russell’s album cover, my series of illustrations for Lacoste, illustrations for the New York Times and Penguin cover.
Which piece of work has attracted the most attention?
The collection i’ve just done for Heal’s is getting lot of attention which is great. The cards that I did a few years ago for 1973 have also been great to get my work around and seen by people.
Which kind of work do you enjoy doing the most?
I love doing work without been too constrained and my best work is usually the one where clients have been open to let me evolve freely around a brief.
Which part do you like the least?!
When there are so many changes asked by a client that the final result looks like someone else’s work.
Do you carry around a sketch-book at all times?!
I’ve only just started putting all my drawings in sketchbooks... I just draw on loose papers and had tons around my workspace at home and in my studio.... The only sketchbook i had was for my colour schemes.
What’s your favourite thing to illustrate?
It varies but i love figurative illustration and natural things like plants, etc.. I also enjoy creating abstract patterns.
What would your dream project be?
To create patterns for wallpapers or big murals would be amazing. I would love to see my work on a big scale.
I would also love to see my work on a different medium from paper, like ceramics for example.
Who would be your dream client?
Designing patterns or backdrops for shows for a big fashion house would be great.
Who or what is your biggest source of inspiration?
My inspirations are constantly evolving, but the work of people like Margaret Kilgallen, Sonia Delaunay and folk art is a constant.
What's on your drawing-board/ in your kiln / on your easel / etc. right now?
A map of Amsterdam for Zadig & Voltaire’s website in France, and an invitation for an art festival organised by a lifestyle guide in Paris.
What’s been your biggest challenge?
Working with great clients while raising 2 children can sometimes be difficult but i try to be organised and allocate time for everything without getting side tracked.
Do you have any top tips for being an artist that you can give us?
Get your work out there. You could be amazing but if you don’t show you work your talent will never be known. Also, don’t be too precious about your work. You’ll find that you will always be your hardest critic and always find this or that needs improvement.
Do you have a favourite paintbrush or tool?
I love my headphones. I cannot work/draw without the music on.
What attracted you to/attracts you about working with Yellow House?
I always wanted to see my work on a variety of medium and Yellow House has great knowledge within this field and great artists on their books so seems to be an obvious choice.
Contact Jehane or Sue at Yellow House to license or commission Hello Marine