Leading comic books, top fashion magazines, huge consumer brands, global publishers – Marguerite Sauvage is an illustrator pushing the boundaries on many fronts as her strong female characters stride into images lit up by lively colour palettes. And just like the comic characters she draws such as Faith and Shade, Marguerite is something of an unlikely hero. She didn’t study to become an artist, but got her break by working hard to emulate her own heroes – the likes of Moebius, René Gruau and Rumiko Takahashi. In 2017, the Montreal-based artist was nominated for the prestigious Eisner and Joe Shuster awards.
Having developed her own unique style, Marguerite has worked for an incredible range of high profile clients, but lately has been drawn to the entertainment industry. She has regular books with Marvel and DC Comics and even created a TV series called Mister Otter for France TV. When she’s not drawing, Marguerite enjoys reading and constantly has a book in her bag. Albert Camus, John Irving and Terry Pratchett are some of her top authors.
Marguerite mainly works digitally, and has her own approach to image making. She craves organic forms and textures, but puts characters at the centre of almost everything she does. She finds movie posters like Robert McGinnis’ work on the James Bond series inspiring, and sometimes they inform her composition.
Unlike many other comic-inspired artists, Marguerite rarely uses heavy black linework. While her forms are strong, her lines have a lighter touch, which helps make her work so versatile. It also gives her illustrations a more elegant feel, which is often supported by a bright palette, and hints of pattern and organic textures.
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