Audrey Malo

Audrey Malo

(She/Her) • Montreal, Canada

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Biography

Originally from Sorel, Quebec, Audrey Malo always had a strong love for illustrated children’s books. She studied studio arts at Concordia University and graphic design at UQÀM in Montreal, and has since produced work for newspapers, magazines, and product ads. Curious and introspective by nature, Malo experiments with color and contrast in her editorial illustrations and gifs, always telling a story with a touch of humor.

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Selected clients


The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, VICE, The Hollywood Reporter, Masterclass, Reebok, Fast Company, Goldfish, Tim Hortons, Reader's Digest, Harvard Ed, The Boston Globe, Le Devoir, Ad Age, La Pastèque, Éditions les 400 coups, L'actualité, Brasserie Dunham, La Presse +

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Awards


  • LUX 2017 – Prix relève

Audrey Malo in the Spotlight

Editorial Illustration / Fast financial fixes spread for Kiplinger - Audrey Malo - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Audrey Malo / Editorial Illustration / Fast financial fixes spread for Kiplinger

Best of Print News Design Winner / Society for News Design - Audrey Malo - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Audrey Malo / Best of Print News Design Winner / Society for News Design

Mural Festival Montreal 2022 - Audrey Malo - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Audrey Malo / Mural Festival Montreal 2022

strology lottery tickets for Loto Québec - Audrey Malo - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Astrology lottery tickets for Loto Québec

he New York Times Kid’s section – Welcome to the year of the tiger - Audrey Malo - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

The New York Times Kid’s section – Welcome to the year of the tiger

Étiquette pour la Zibeline Sauvignon de la Brasserie Dunham - Audrey Malo - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Audrey Malo / Étiquette pour la Zibeline Sauvignon de la Brasserie Dunham

Illustrations pour la campagne nationale québécoise de vaccination des 5-11 ans contre la Covid-19 - Audrey Malo - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Audrey Malo / Illustrations pour la campagne nationale québécoise de vaccination des 5-11 ans contre la Covid-19

Posters interactifs pour La Puce à l’oreille - Audrey Malo - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Audrey Malo / Posters interactifs pour La Puce à l’oreille

nterview -It’s Nice That - Audrey Malo - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Interview -It’s Nice That

The Hollywood Reporter comedy issue - Audrey Malo - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Audrey Malo / The Hollywood Reporter comedy issue

Le Devoir – Perspectives - Audrey Malo - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Audrey Malo / Le Devoir – Perspectives

The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine - Audrey Malo - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Audrey Malo / The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine

Espoire Nouveau Centre Pour Personnes Ageés - Audrey Malo - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Audrey Malo / Espoire Nouveau Centre Pour Personnes Ageés

The Globe and Mail – Puzzles section - Audrey Malo - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Audrey Malo / The Globe and Mail – Puzzles section

What has the pandemic done to my body?  for Best Health - Audrey Malo - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Audrey Malo / What has the pandemic done to my body? for Best Health

Masterclass Instructor’s Guide – Speculative fiction subgenres - Audrey Malo - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Audrey Malo / Masterclass Instructor’s Guide – Speculative fiction subgenres

Live like a cicada. Enter and exit singing / The Washington Post - Audrey Malo - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Audrey Malo / Live like a cicada. Enter and exit singing / The Washington Post

The Joy of Creating for Milton Magazine - Audrey Malo - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Audrey Malo / The Joy of Creating for Milton Magazine

Visuals for the city of Laval’s animated ad on it’s new garbage bins - Audrey Malo - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Audrey Malo / Visuals for the city of Laval’s animated ad on it’s new garbage bins

igital storybook for Goldfish Canada’s campaign #Feedimagination - Audrey Malo - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Digital storybook for Goldfish Canada’s campaign #Feedimagination

Zibeline winter lager label for Brasserie Dunham - Audrey Malo - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Audrey Malo / Zibeline winter lager label for Brasserie Dunham

Going Beyond Magazine cover on positivity - Audrey Malo - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Audrey Malo / Going Beyond Magazine cover on positivity

#8220;Draw the student” for Harvard Ed. Magazine - Audrey Malo - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

“Draw the student” for Harvard Ed. Magazine

#8220;The hardest fight to have with your teen” The New York Times parenting section - Audrey Malo - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

“The hardest fight to have with your teen” The New York Times parenting section

Planting a Cure / Fast Company - Audrey Malo - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Audrey Malo / Planting a Cure / Fast Company

Quebec regions illustrations for Place aux jeunes en région website - Audrey Malo - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Audrey Malo / Quebec regions illustrations for Place aux jeunes en région website

#8220;Le gros appétit de Thomas Petit” book by Raymond Plante and - Audrey Malo - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

“Le gros appétit de Thomas Petit” book by Raymond Plante and Audrey Malo

Know thy enemy, know thyself – spot illustration for Cottage Life Magazine - Audrey Malo - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

Audrey Malo / Know thy enemy, know thyself – spot illustration for Cottage Life Magazine


Audrey Malo

Your pronouns
She/Her

How do you define your identity? Do you identify with (or advocate for) any marginalized communities?
I’m a single, able-bodied caucasian woman in her thirties. My career and education have been my main quests for all of my adult life and I’ve come a long way to support myself and make a life that I’m proud of, filled with childlike wonder.

Where is home?
In my small 3 ½ apartment on Montreal’s east side of the Plateau.

Describe your style in one sentence
Funny graphic yet organic characters and shapes

What lights your soul on fire?
Curiosity and spontaneity

What themes do you enjoy exploring?
I think my favorites pieces are the ones that explore tenderness and human touch. It feels very personal to me.

What techniques do you use?
When I’m in a rush I do everything on my iPad – from sketch to finished illustration – using the app Adobe Fresco. If I’m not on a tight deadline, I will usually work on the sketches with a pencil and paper first, before transferring it to the iPad.

How much of yourself and your own story can we see in your work?
Subject-wise, my work feels like it reflects a part of my subconscious. Style-wise, it reflects my evolution as a person and illustrator. I used to be messier, as an artist and person, and now I like things to be simple, or at least, simple in their complexity.

Is there an unmistakable thread in your creative work?
The primary color, which I will use for the outline, will be the darker shade of the whole piece. Other than that, I’d say the small black dots as eyes.

What do you want to be known for?
I want people to feel amused by my work.

Which projects excite you most?
When I’m working on something that is new to my portfolio, that will push my art in new directions. I like big-scale and ambitious projects as well, the ones that make my parents proud.

What is your dream gig?
A beautiful tangible project: an artsy wine bottle, a fun packaging for a new technological object that I love, a book for a publishing house that I admire, a mural for a cute café or restaurant.

Where, when and how do you best create?
Shamefully, I sometimes work for long hours while laying on my couch. 

How has your style evolved since you started?
It’s light years away from when I first started. I’ve worked with watercolors, acrylics, oil, collage, then switched to complex layered digital images, flat design. Everything that was on trend at the time, for the past 15 years.

What do you find most challenging in your practice or in the industry?
Challenges have changed with years but, right now, it’s really staying afloat with Instagram’s algorithm that doesn’t favor creators like us.

How has being an illustrator changed your life?
It helped me find my people, build a life that feels authentic and unique. I wouldn’t see myself doing anything else.

Name a tool you can’t live without!
My iPad Air

Tell us about a project you worked on that was meaningful to you as an artist.
Getting my first job for The New York Times was quite a milestone for me. It’s something I wasn’t sure I’d achieve in my career.  

What influences or inspires your art?
Vintage children’s books, small objects, antiques, movies, books, podcasts, a healthy work-life balance…

What would you tell your younger self?
It’s going to take a while but you will get there and it will be worth it.

Why do you think art speaks louder than words?
Art is more accessible than words, and art can be anything.

Career milestones:
Work for The New York Times, Loto-Québec and the national vaccination campaign in Québec.

Awards/Honors:
Award in the Local Cover category for the cover of the Perspectives section of Le Devoir titled “(Re)sortir le spectateur de sa bulle”-  The Society for News Design, 43rd edition of the Best of Print News Design. 

Notable clients:
The New York Times, The Washington Post, Loto-Québec, The Globe and Mail, Le Devoir, The Hollywood Reporter, Masterclass, Mother Jones, Le Devoir

Sectors:
Editorial, Children’s books, Commercial

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