My name is Marie-Charlotte Yao but most people call me MachaI’m an illustrator and designer 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 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.

I create editorial illustrations mainly for young readers but also enjoy working for more grownn-up projects sometimes. I still take on branding/packaging projects – especially it’s in the kids market- and spend my free time creating simple animations and GIFs. One of my favorite thing to work on is kids products design. 

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 🙂 

years on Earth

years of experience

baby shoes designs created

pens on my desk

days drawing in a row

Random passions: bubble tea, Nintendo video games, longboard dancing, Taekwondo, Gotcha machines, funky shirts, stationary and Posca pens



 Time Out 北京Beijing past and present” design competition – 3rd place // Beijing Design week 2011 

Classic Book Week 2021 #classicbookweek – Honourable Mention