Originally from Norway, Marlene, illustrator of The Class, currently lives in Cambridge. She has a degree in Illustration from Falmouth University College. She returned to Norway and spent some years teaching at an art and design college including running art courses for younger children. She came back to the UK to do an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Arts in 2013. Marlene works digitally but always tries to ensure her images maintain a traditional aesthetic.