After graduating with a BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Mallory went to New York where she studied at the School of Visual Arts and launched her illustration career. Clients love how she captures people’s faces and the added expressiveness of her colour treatments. She enjoys movies and is most inspired by the Impressionists Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh.
With a background as a painter, Mallory now embraces digital tools and the strong effect perfect vector curves bring to her images. Illustrations begin with a lot of pencil sketches, with tighter drawings developed on her computer, where she blocks in her eye-catching colour selections.
Mallory has two main styles. The first involves expressively drawn images with boldly coloured shapes layered over them in random patterns for a captivating overall finish. Working in her second style, she creates slightly more graphic images using bold blocks of colour and a striking composition.
Question: What led you to become an illustrator? Mallory: When I was a kid, my mom got me this book called 'How a Book is Made' by Aliki. I remember it absolutely blowing my mind when I got to the section about illustrators. I couldn’t believe that was actually a career path. When I was in first grade, all of my friends were saying they wanted to be teachers, firefighters, and the like. After reading that, I already knew that I wanted to be an illustrator.Question: Did you study Illustration at college? Mallory: Yes, I studied at The Minneapolis College of Art and Design.Question: Where did you grow up? Mallory: I grew up in a small-ish town in Minnesota.Question: Where do you live now and what drew you there? Mallory: I live in Minneapolis right now. I spent a while living in Brooklyn and just made my way back here because I love the more laid back lifestyle and having so much nature close by.Question: Describe your studio for us Mallory: My studio is my living room. I will sketch on my couch and then move my way to my computer to work on my final product. I really like working from home and letting my two cats art direct me. I like to keep the space full of objects and art that inspire me. Question: Describe the view from your window Mallory: I have a big tree out of my window and I have seeds on my windowsill where birds and squirrels come up for snacks.Question: Do you have any studio pets? Mallory: Yes, I have two cats. Sinopa and Tesla.Question: How do you get your ideas? Mallory: I like to stay present with current events and pop culture so that I can be quick to come up with a visual solution. Question: Do you collect anything? Mallory: I have a collection of masks and animal sculptures from different places I've traveled to. I also have way too much cat art honestly. Question: Tell us about a favorite project you recently completed? Mallory: I really loved working with Nike recently where I came up with ideas and illustrated reaction gifs to go along with an interview in their app.Question: Why is illustration such a powerful medium? Mallory: Because as an illustrator we are able to translate complicated messages into simple visual ideas that can be read very quickly while also speaking volumes into feelings and emotion.Question: How much of your work is hand drawn? Mallory: All of it! Its mostly digital, but I use a wacom tablet to draw it out. Most of my work starts out as a pencil sketch.Question: If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Mallory: I just moved here, so I’m happy staying in Minnesota for now. It would be cool if my apartment was like a Swiss Family Robinson style home, with wifi and heat.
Mallory has a client list that includes Nike, Penguin, Nickelodeon, Google, Sony Music, Refinery29, OkCupid, Simon & Schuster and MTV.