My name is Helen Shoesmith & I live in sunny Lancashire in the North West of England with my better half and two children.

I graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2006 with a degree in Graphic Arts & went on to achieve a Masters in Illustration for Children at the North East Wales School of Art & Design in 2008.

I always start with a sketchbook before colouring the image up digitally (though I do sometimes like to use watercolour and pencil too). My favourite part of the process is adding in the detail. As a child I always loved the little hidden extras you could find in each scene in a book and this is something I like to apply to my work today. 

Clients include:

• Wren & Rook  • Oxford University Press • Faber & Faber • Simon & Schuster  • Women's Weekly • Photoshop Advanced magazine • SCOPE's 'In the Picture' project • The 'Encyclopaedia of Writing and Illustrating Children's Books' by Desdemona McCannon, Sue Thornton and Yadzia Williams.

Represented by Claire Cartey at HolroydeCartey