Helen Dearnley Illustration

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As an illustrator, Helen is interested in comics and graphic novels, and has finished her first self-published graphic novel entitled Cloudbusting.


Helen developed a specialism for re-appropriating the comic book imagery of A-ha's iconic Take On Me video, and has had work commissioned by Norwegian author Pal H Christiansen, and a book illustration commission for Lina Nordmeer's "Move To Oslo", which was displayed in an exhibition at the National Library of Norway in 2012. 


Helen attended the conference "Living A Boy's Adventure Tale: Musical Interactions In The Decades of Postmodernism" at the National Library of Norway in 2010. The exhibition " Hunting High And Low: 25 Years With A-ha" included original illustrations from Take On Me and The Sun Always Shines On TV music videos, along with music memorabilia. In 2012, a second trip to Oslo for fine art purposes also involved the discovery of Norwegian graphic novel artist Hariton Pushwagner at galleri Pushwagner in Tjuvholmen.


Helen is inspired by an eclectic taste in music, and welcomes commissions for album artwork or related illustrated music merchandise.

Helen runs after schools comics workshops, and in 2015 these related to an illustration of Jason Bradbury time travelling around Lincoln exhibited at Future Fest at the Engine Shed in Oct 2015

In 2012, Helen curated a Mail Art exhibition in an empty shop in Lincoln, in response to an invitation by London-based Illustrator Marie-Louise Plum. Here is Marie's blog including the Lincoln exhibition :-) Mail Art contributions came from local UoL students, graduates, and as far away as Australia! Helen's own submission was an illustrated envelope sent to Oslo and returned at the time of the July 2011 Oslo bombing and Utoya tragedy, documenting the news as it broke via social media and international news coverage.


Helen works in a variety of styles according to the brief, and always aims to work to a professional standard for client satisfaction. Examples of commissions and personal portfolio work are available to view here, so please feel free to contact Helen directly, especially to discuss commissions.  To keep up to date with new work, it's best to follow Helen's blog, Facebook Page and twitter feed.