WHO IS MARILENA?

She was born in Norway and grew up being the student who would always doodle in class instead of paying attention. Who would’ve thought she’d turn it into a career as an adult? She started freelancing as a comic book artist before moving to England to study illustration at the Arts University of Bournemouth.

This is also where she met her favourite person and partner in crime; Matthew.
After university, Marilena was still freelancing as a comic book artist, but started looking at her work a bit differently and wanted to explore different creative areas. She got involved with the mental health charity, Changes Bristol, and became their freelance Graphic and Motion designer. Since then she has worked for Go.Compare and Staysure, helping with illustrations, 3D modelling, Motion and Graphic design.

Matthew and Marilena are currently in Bristol with their cat, Pete, where they spend their days playing video games, working on creative projects and going on road trips.

WHAT CAN SHE DO FOR ME?

That’s what she’d like to ask you!

Marilena can help you with most things really. After getting her BA in Illustration she started her career working on comics before using her  storytelling skills for Changes Bristol and started doing graphic and motion design for them. In her time as a creative she has gained experience with comics, character animation, motion design, storyboarding, social media content creation, digital advertising, print and signage, video editing, 3d modelling and much more.

WHAT DOES SHE LIKE TO DO?

Marilena is a serial-hobbyist, she loves to learn new skills and crafts and has a house full of gadgets and tools because of it.

She loves drawing while listening to music or watching one of her TV shows. When she needs a break from working on creative projects she enjoys playing video games on her computer, she’s particularly fond of RPGs.

Having an insatiable sweet tooth has also made her an avid baker - she’s not a bad friend to have when your birthday is coming up.

HOW DO YOU EVEN SAY 'MARILENA'?

However you like really.

If you’re really curious though it’s ‘Mah-ree-lee-nah’, now say it a bit quicker and you’ve probably got it right

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