We're suckers for all things visual here at The 405. Man, do we ever love using our eyes to look at things. We especially like that bit when your brain and eyes connect really well and your mouth ends up saying things like, "Wow!" or "That's amazing!" That's how we feel about the bold and simple illustrations of French artist Marylou Faure.

Her work, despite being less than realistic, feels vital and energetic, like it were a physical, tactile object; each piece looks genuinely delicious, as if you could just peel it off the page and pop it into your mouth as if it were a paper-fruit-candy hybrid. And if you like the idea of that, you'll be interested to hear that we recently met up with Faure for a chat and to take some photos of her and the studio in which she works.

Who are you, and how did you get started in illustration?
My name is Marylou Faure. I'm a French freelance Illustrator living in London. I made the move across the channel after gaining my Master's degree in Art Direction and Digital Design at l'Esag Penninghen, in Paris. I've always been into illustration, and wanted to make it my profession as well as my passion.

Where do you find inspiration?
I like to follow the work of other illustrators, photographers, graphic designers, etc. London has such amazing artists and art everywhere; it's a great source of inspiration. Music is also a major source of inspiration. I find it difficult working without a good playlist on (or a bad one actually).

When was the last time you tried something new?
At the moment I'm working on a series of new products for my online shop. I'm trying to find different ways to bring my work to life, from painting flower pots, designing pins, patches, wrapping paper, etc. It's a lot of fun to see all the possibilities you have to create something new.

How would you describe your style?
Quirky pop with a vibrant colour palette and bold lines. The aim is to amuse and choc a little bit.

What's the most challenging piece you've ever created?
I worked on a couple of murals and I would say they are probably the most energy consuming and challenging projects. But the results are great!


What is something you believe that almost nobody agrees with you on?
I like to give random things a bit of a magical explanation, but that's mostly for fun. I do think mermaids might exist, though. I hope anyway.

What's the most provocative piece you've ever created?
Well, I've now formed a habit of sneaking in one or two naked women into most of my illustrations. The first time I went for it though was for a postcard competition (called "Skinny Thing") where I drew a full on curvy, shiny, naked woman.

What's the best piece you've ever created?
I think my "Ultimate Summer" project was one of the best. Simply because I'd just started illustrating in that style and I had so much fun working on it.

What risk would you take if you knew you could not fail?
Sometimes I won't produce an illustration I've got in mind because I think it's a bit too fucked up.


Any advice for new artists?
Work. A lot! We work in such an amazing industry, don't let anything stop your creativity.

Is there a documentary or book that really changed the way you thought about something?
Mmmm, not really. I mean, I watch loads of documentaries and most of them are definitely eye-opening. But what I mostly do is read science fiction books, so it does a for to my imagination, but it doesn't really make me look at anything differently.

Which of your talents do you think people overlook?
My cooking. No, I'm joking, it's terrible.

What's the next big step you feel you need to take in your career?
I'd love to experiment a bit more and try out new ways of using illustration.

Lastly, what are you currently working on?
Right now I'm working on a really cool app, which requires loads of colourful, fun illustrations. I'm also working on designing the packaging of a vinyl record.