Thursday, 24th February saw us welcome artist Helen Musselwhite to LBHS to talk about her job as an illustrator.
Helen has been a designer and illustrator for many years and now specialises in paper engineering, working mostly from her studio at her home. We were lucky enough to see a great selection of Helen’s published designs which varied from book covers, magazine pieces to shop window displays.
Helen showed us the behind the scene stages on an illustrator’s working methods, from initial drawings and sketches for presenting different designs, ideas and colour ways for clients all over the world, to her final designs being printed in books and magazines. Just when we thought Helen’s work could not get any better, she introduced us to her infamous Christmas stamp designs that were published by The Royal Mail in 2016.
Helen showed how she created her stamp designs by hand. She combines hand cut layers of coloured papers and very strong graphics, always documenting the process, which gave us a clear understanding how her work developed and evolved over time. We learnt how stamps are created on a large scale then photographed and reduced to the perfect stamp size before being sold throughout the country. Helen’s colourful and cheerful designs certainly brought a smile to all of our faces! Unbeknown to us, all of our paths have probably crossed with her work as Helen is also one of the first artists to work with clients such as McDonalds, Nokia and Audi.
We would like to thank Helen for taking the time to visit us as well as opening our minds to different ways of looking at art in our environment!
Miss Fitzsimons – Head of Art & Design Technology.