Random passions: bubble tea, Nintendo video games, longboard dancing, Taekwondo, Gotcha machines, funky clothes and the stationary department of any store.

Hi! My name is Marie-Charlotte Yao but most people call me MachaI’m a children’s illustrator originally from France and now based in Leeds, UK. After a Master’s degree in film editing and SFX I started my adult life as a very overwhelmed intern for Cartoon Network in Paris. I think that is where my taste for children’s illustration and animation comes from. I have been a freelance graphic designer since then (2009) between France and East Asia and pursue illustration professionally since 2020.

I have a passion for bright colours, the 90’s aesthetic and fierce characters and I strongly believe children books should be all about encouraging kids to be whoever they want to be, regardless of gender and background.  

I’m also a co-host of Friday Doodle Club, a cool weekly illustration challenge taking place on Instagram.

When I’m not busy illustrating, I run a small Etsy shop where I sell prints, stickers and more.

If you would like to discuss a project with me, please get in touch 🙂