I’m Marly, a visual artist from Arnhem, The Netherlands. I create art for animations, books, interactive media and more.
When it comes to my artstyle people say it’s bright and colorful. And that’s true! I love to play with color and light (and a little bit of magic), but while doing that I keep in mind that everything I add should have a purpose and is there to tell a story. That’s how I make my art more powerful.
My path to illustration.
Ever since I was a kid I love to draw and be creative, but it took me a little while to realise that this was something I could do for a living.
In 2008 I started studying Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design at the RijnIJssel in Arnhem. I discovered that I really liked to use illustration in my work.
In 2013 I started to study Communication and MultiMedia Design at the HAN University of Applied Sciences, also in Arnhem. I already did a lot of graphic design, so I wanted to get better on the concepting-part and chose to focus on creating experiences. Creating a character for a game was the first time I made concept art using Adobe Photoshop, and I loved it. So I kept practicing.
Meanwhile I was also working at B302, which is a graphic design and animation studio runned by students of the HAN. At first as a designer, later as art director. Again, I really liked to incorporate graphic illustrations to my work.
When I finished this education, I started freelancing. I started out doing a lot of graphic stuff, but I didn’t stop practicing illustration on the side. At the moment I’m doing a little bit of both, but I’m mostly focussing on illustration. Always challenging myself and working my way up!