Work accepted into Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, volumes 24 and 26.

Illustrations and book binding for the Book Illustration Competition, organised by House of Illustration and The Folio Society:

  • Winner, 2019 - Howl’s Moving Castle

  • Longlisted, 2018 - The Adventures and memoirs of Sherlock Holmes


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Marie-Alice Harel is a French author and illustrator based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

She was a Geosciences PhD and researcher before becoming a full time illustrator in 2016. She hasn't looked back since and now dedicates her time and energy to develop ideas and challenge herself with new projects.

Her watercolours can be found in books, picture books, galleries and magazines. She also creates artist books, another playful way to combine images and stories. Her self-published work is signed MÄ Harel.

Teaching & Workshops : Marie-Alice joined the Edinburgh Drawing School in 2018, where she currently teaches life drawing and illustration (more about the courses here). She also loves to work with museums and galleries to design workshops around exhibitions or permanent collections. Recent workshop at the Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, for the exhibition ‘Charles II: Art & Power’ (Feb 2019).

Follow her on Instagram to see what she’s up to.

Upcoming events for 2019:

  • LightBox Expo, Pasadena USA: 6 - 8 September

  • the Bird People book, launching on Kickstarter on 18th October

  • Opening night for the exhibition ‘Near and Far’ , 6th of November

  • Family workshop, part of the ‘Near and Far’ exhibition, 16th September

  • Summerhall Christmas Market, Edinburgh: 8 December

The Bird People Book is now live on Kickstarter ! Visit to learn more and support the project !


 For professional enquiries, please contact my agent


--> Author & Illustrator :

Hortari - Tales of forgotten seekers and explorers (self-published), 2017 for the softcover, 2018 for the hardback edition

Omoiyari  - Where stories come from. Limited edition of 60 copies (self-published), 2016

Hortari and Omoiyari are now published in France by Cipango (2019)

--> Illustrator :

Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones - Folio Society, October 2019

L'odyssée de Kumiko - Picture book, Japanese folktale (French, Gautier-Languereau Editor) - November 2018

La Princesse Grenouille - Picture book, Russian folktale (French, Gautier Languereau) - 2017



Power in Numbers 5 - Gallery Nucleus Portland, U.S., 15 Fev - 4 Mar 2020 - Group show

Marvellous and Mischievous: Literatures young rebels - The British Library, London, 8 Nov 2019 - 1 Mar 2020 - Feature the original illustration ‘Running on the wind’ from the Folio Society’s edition of ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’.

Near and Far - Art and stories - Institut Français d’Ecosse, Edinburgh, 6-28 Nov 2019. SOLO SHOW

Roulez jeunesse - Puy-de-Dôme, France, 29 Oct - 7 Dec 2019 - Group Show

Hortari - Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland, 7 Nov - 9 Dec 2018 - SOLO SHOW

Frankenstein - Liverpool Book Art, Kirkby Gallery, UK, 17th Sept 2018 - 26 Jan 2019 - Group show

Parallel - Light Grey Art Lab Gallery, Minneapolis, U.S., 22 Sept - 20 Oct 2017 - Group show

Midnight - Light Grey Art Lab Gallery, Minneapolis, U.S., 28 Oct - 23 Nov 2016 - Group show

Tiny Homes - Light Grey Art Lab Gallery, Minneapolis, U.S., 15 Sept - 22 Oct 2016 - Group Show

Omoiyari - Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland - 6-27 July 2016 - SOLO SHOW

Artist Books - Presented at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, at the Artist's Bookmarket every year since 2017. A selection of artist books are permanently displayed at the Edinburgh Printmakers shop.



La fée aux Nèfles - Cover + 9 illustrations for issue n°39 of Tétras Lire (French, Alba Verba editions) - 2019

Voyage sur la queue du vent - Illustrations for a Japanese folktale published in the January issue of Tétras Lire (French, Alba Veba editions) - 2019

Domoy - Tutorial and illustration for the October 2018 issue of Graphite Magazine (issue 9), 3dtotal - 2018

Les Patins d'Argent - Cover + 10 illustrations for the December issue of Tétras Lire (French, Alba Verba editions) - 2017

Amrita, Cover for the Autumn/Winter 2017 edition of the Yoga Magazine Amrita (UK) - 2017

Rois et Reines - Cover + 10 illustrations for the April issue of Tétras Lire (French, Alba Verba editons). Tales "Riquet à la Houppe" and "Peau d'Ane" by Charles Perrault - 2017

L'Or de Cuzco - Illustrations for a Peruvian folktale published in the January issue of Tétras Lire (French, Alba Verba editions) - 2017