Helena Perez Garcia
We're so happy to introduce you to Helena Perez Garcia. This Spanish-born artist is currently based in London. Her days are spent creating illustrations for books, magazines, newspapers, and packaging. Each piece is mysterious, conceptual, and rich in detail and color, often depicting characters in surreal situations. With a deft hand, Garcia wields her gouache paint and her watercolors, pencils, and pastels to create each little world.
"Don't get obsessed about goals and achievements, just enjoy the journey and do your best. Life is short and we have to do what makes us happy!"
Welcome to the fantastical mind of Helena Perez Garcia.
One of her most recent accomplishments was illustrating the Penguin Random House–Spain edition of Virginia Woolf's Orlando. Woolf is one of the writers Garcia admires most, making this project a dream.
Garcia remembers pouring through her mother's art encyclopedias and admiring the work of classic painters such as Botticelli or Tiziano. Her parents encouraged her creative side, taking her to view a Rodin exhibition when was young. She admired his sculptures like "The Cathedral" and "The Kiss."
In addition to her work on Orlando, below are several illustrations entitled Mansfield Park from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Garcia entered these illustrations in 2017's Book Illustration Competition.
Garcia approaches every day with hard work and organization. Inspiration often comes to her when she's swimming, which helps Garcia relax and recharge her batteries.
A lesson in self care:
Garcia tries to limit her work hours to eight or nine hours a day, but when she's up against a deadline, she can spend a whole twelve hours at her desk.
As a lover of sleep, Garcia tries never to be in bed too late:
"I have a bit of a grandma soul, and I love staying home, curling up on the sofa.
After relocating to London in 2012, Garcia tries to incorporate nature into her artwork. Through her illustrations, she connects to various floral motifs and scenes of nature.
A combination of art and literature heavily influences Garcia's work. The styles of pre-Renaissance and Renaissance paintings, such as El Bosco, can be seen throughout her work. She's also inspired by more contemporary artists, such as Magritte and Chagall.
Below is a series of illustrations Garcia made in collaboration for a Buzzfeed article called "7 Things I Learned When I Was The Only Girl In My Physics Class."
The article includes such gems as, "You are not an ambassador for all women when you answer a question in class." And, "You're not in competition with all other women."
Do you believe in ghosts?
"Not really. But I get very scared when I hear weird noises in the middle of the night."
"I think there must be some kind of life out there somewhere, but not so much aliens—more like microorganisms."
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