Marco Marella

Marco Marella - Designer

Venice, Italy

Hello! I am a professional freelance illustrator with extensive and years-long experience in editorial, cover illustration, hand lettering

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Hello! I am a professional freelance illustrator with extensive and years-long experience in editorial and cover illustration, I started my freelance career back in the late 80's after attending the illustration course at Chelsea School of Arts in London, UK. Since then I worked for virtually all italian publishers, magazines and newspapers (really). My artworks also appeared on US, UK and french magazines and book covers (among my clients: the Washington Post, the Village Voice, Disney Hyperion Publishing, la Repubblica, Mondadori...). I am also very active on the product and licensing market, providing artworks for greeting cards, calendars, paper wraps, textile patterns (some clients: Hallmark USA, Legami Milano, WHSmith, Papyrus...). Finally, I love drawing maps and illustrate recipes!
I am a team player, quick to understand my cient's viewpoint, I believe the process of designing a great cover is all about collaboration, and I work closely with each author or publisher until everyone is happy with the outcome. All I need is a detailed brief and all suggestions and references the client can give me. And a deadline: I never missed one in my whole career, and if you ever worked with newspapers you'll understand what 'deadline' really means.
I will provide a round of roughs and will be happy to discuss and work on thembefore moving on to the final digital stage: there will be some creative back and forth! Artworks will be provided in hi-res files, layered if needed.
I can integrate hand lettering on my artworks but I do not usually provide graphic design services, unless very basic.
Please go to reedsy.com design service information (FAQ section) for more technical and practical infos, thank you!
Languages
English
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Mystery & Crime
Picture Books
Women's Fiction
Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Calendars
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Travel

Awards

  • American Illustration Winner
  • Associazione Illustratori (Italy)
  • 3x3 Illustration (USA)

Work experience

freelance illustrator

Self-employed
December, 1988 – Present (almost 32 years)

Extensive experience in all illustration fields

Mondadori, Feltrinelli, Giunti, la Repubblica, il Sole 24 Ore, il Corriere della Sera, the Washington Post, TIME inc, Disney Hyperion, Legami Milano, Hallmark, WHSmith, Papyrus, Publix...

Marco Marella Illustration and Design
December, 1988 – Present (almost 32 years)

Portfolio (3 selected works)

Prosper Redding The Last Life of Prince Alastor

Alexandra Bracken

Three hundred years ago, fate bound Prosper Redding and Prince Alastor of the Third Realm together. Now the human boy and fiend heir to the demon kingdom must put aside a centuries-old blood feud to save everything they love. Alastor will guide Prosper through the demon realm-under one huge condition: Prosper must enter into a contract with the malefactor residing in him, promising eternal ser... read more

Three hundred years ago, fate bound Prosper Redding and Prince Alastor of the Third Realm together. Now the human boy and fiend heir to the demon kingdom must put aside a centuries-old blood feud to save everything they love. Alastor will guide Prosper through the demon realm-under one huge condition: Prosper must enter into a contract with the malefactor residing in him, promising eternal ser... read more

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding, Book 1)

Alexandra Bracken

"I would say it's a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness?."Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history-that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper's great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made-and then broke-a contract with a malefa... read more

"I would say it's a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness?."Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history-that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper's great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made-and then broke-a contract with a malefa... read more

Papà sta sulla torre (Italian Edition)

Francesco D'Adamo

Nino ha 12 anni quando suo papà, chiamato non a caso "Testadipietra", decide di salire sulla Torre, una delle ciminiere della fabbrica in cui lavora, per protestare contro la sua chiusura. Tutto sembra senza speranza finché il migliore amico di Nino, Goffy, gli rivela di aver ricevuto un messaggio dagli Alieni: "Si risolverà tutto, arriveranno loro a portare Pace, Lavoro & Libertà". C'è solo u... read more

Nino ha 12 anni quando suo papà, chiamato non a caso "Testadipietra", decide di salire sulla Torre, una delle ciminiere della fabbrica in cui lavora, per protestare contro la sua chiusura. Tutto sembra senza speranza finché il migliore amico di Nino, Goffy, gli rivela di aver ricevuto un messaggio dagli Alieni: "Si risolverà tutto, arriveranno loro a portare Pace, Lavoro & Libertà". C'è solo u... read more

Marco has 1 review

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Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Rosie Meleady
I didn't think I needed a professionally designed cover as I thought I could create one myself. However I am so glad I took plunge and got Marco on board. He listened to my ideas and created the PERFECT and most amazing cover for my book. It went way beyond my expectations and it has made a big difference to my online sales. Marco was great to deal with and finished before the deadline. I can't...
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Rosie Meleady, September 2020

Marco Marella
Thank you Rosie, it was a pleasure to work with you! We had some fun together...

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