London-based, French illustrator Marylou Faure is more dependable than the English sun that she lives under, celebrating each summer with vibrancy, boldness and warmth.
This year, she’s created happy, colourful packaging for Vinyl Moon, a record club that sends a compilation vinyl to your door each month.
Lounging on Maylou’s illustrated record cover – which is a picnic blanket of giant food - are two beefy men fighting with gigantic forks, a woman diving into a wine glass and another lounging onto a baguette…
Even if it makes no sense, Maylou’s illustrated summer is everything summer should be: sticky, bee-infested, warm, bright, fun and surprising.
Here, we’ve collected the best from Marylou’s seasonal works, so soak up Marylou’s refreshing use of colour, character and fun.
Seedshine, which is Vinyl Moon’s eighth volume, promises to be an audible feast as well as a visual one.
Marylou’s packaging is a summery delight right down to the record inside.
Each record is pressed into a green/pink ‘spectrum vinyl’, which means that each is a different mix of the two colours – some more pink, some more green and some swirling in the middle.
To take the summer feeling into the third dimension, there is a cutting-and-folding project that will create a watermelon popup figure.
For summer 2015, Marylou created a series of simple illustrations, Sun’s Out, which brim with energy, drama and personality, along with Marylou’s usual confident colour.
Marylou is part of Puck Collective, an evolving group of creatives that calls for entries each year.
Each work is wonderfully character-driven.
For The Ultimate Summer series from 2014 (shown), Marylou simply asked her friends what they thought of summer – and it worked wonderfully at identifying the signals of summer that we all pick up on without being cliché. Read on for the rest of the fun series.