Marcel Marlier (1930 - 2011) is a Belgian illustrator who considered drawing children to be his passion throughout his life, and he did it just fine. Already at the age of ten, he surprised those around him with his drawing talent. Graduated from Saint-Luc de Tournai University (Faculty of Decorative Arts), Marseille began teaching at the school in his hometown. In 1951, Marlier won a competition organized by the publishing house La Procure a Namur, and then his real career as an illustrator began. In 1954, Marcel Marlier begins to illustrate a series of books about the girl Martin, which was written by Gilbert Delaye. This series includes over 50 books that have been translated into many languages of the world. In 1969, the artist creates his own series of books about Jean - Loup and Sophie.