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

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


An interview with

Audrey Malo

Can you recall the first time you realized you were going to be an illustrator? What were your earliest impressions?
As far as I can remember, I always wanted to be an illustrator though I had varying degrees of confidence in myself. The turning point was when I finished studying archives for a year. At that moment, I felt as though I needed a backup plan: a stable office job.
I quickly came to realize that I wasn’t interested in starting over in a whole new career. It was at that time that I went back to pursue illustration; this time with a greater commitment and more determination.

Who or what influenced your art when you were young?
Children’s books, comics, Saturday morning cartoons, toys, and popular culture were all influences. I read a lot of Archie and Goosebumps. I was into the American culture of fast food, anything that was neon-colored, sports like rollerblading and martial arts. Mystery and adventure were themes I commonly liked to explore.

Do you remember what your first artwork looked like? Do you still have it?
It was an illustration of “Serendipity, the Pink Dragon,” an animation from the 80s. I was maybe 3-years-old. I’m sure it’s around somewhere!

Why did you choose illustration as your life’s work instead of, for example, filmmaking, law, or even medicine?
I am very lucky that I grew up in a household where my artistic nature was encouraged, even celebrated. My parents and relatives have stable jobs in more traditional fields, but they never questioned my choice. From my smallest achievements to larger ones, I always felt supported in doing what I love.

I am a visual person. Creating images is my language of choice. I love every aspect of it: sketching, scribbling, creating digital or traditional collage; from very elaborate paintings to the most primitive ones; street art, and even some forms of graffiti.

Did you study art in school?
Yes, I was a studio arts major at Concordia University, Montréal.

Where does your inspiration come from; your impulse to make art? Do you have a source for your ideas?
I often feel like I need to be pushed by some external force to make something happen. When I create personal work it usually stems from a mood; particularly when I feel confident and at peace with myself. My best work reflects my sense of humor, my aesthetic, and the themes that I love: those that come back time and time again in my daydreams.

How would you describe the process of creating art?
It’s intuitive; like a flash. I don’t have a very long attention span, so when I get excited about an idea, I draw it right away. The rest, I improvise.

Do you have a favorite illustrator? What is it about that illustrator’s work you like?
Lately, I’ve grown interested in the work of Henri Matisse; his reflections on color, the evolution of his work through the years. It really informs my practice.

If you could do something else, other than creating art, what would it be?
I would love to organize old illustrations and books; possibly work in a natural history museum.

Do you remember your first set of paints, pens, or markers?
No, but they were probably purchased from an Avon catalogue.

Do you have a favorite illustrator supply, a favorite method, or favorite location, where you like to create artwork?
A promising sketch is one that I draw on a whim when I’m not sitting at my desk. It’s probably because I’m doing something else and my ideas are flowing. I usually draw in my sketchbook with HB pencils, crayola markers, or crayons.

If you could give a viewer clues to understanding your art, what would you say?
It’s hard to say. I have a cheerful personality and like to experiment with bright colors. I also have some darker moods that are an inherent part of my nature. The darker side shows in my art, at times. Still, I don’t want to add gravity to these feelings. I find that’s when humor comes in. You might find a bit of strangeness in my work but never so much it makes for an uncomfortable experience.

Do you think illustration has the eye of the public or could public awareness of this field be improved upon?
In Montréal, we are finally starting to catch the wave. Illustration is more accessible now and better understood. I’d say, the work we do is much-needed.

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