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Helen Craig - Illustrator and Sculptor

 Angelina Ballerina (and more)

My agent contact is -  Carol Heaton at cheaton@greeneheaton.co.uk

The King and His Advisor

About Helen

I live in a little house in a village outside Cambridge in England opposite an old and beautiful church. I live very near to my son and his wife and have two grandsons who are now young men! 

 

My studio is next door to my bedroom where I can go and work anytime I feel like it. Besides illustrating books I also do a lot of drawing on my iPad and I now find time to make sculptures which I had always wanted to do from a very young age. They are rather fantastic creatures and very different to Angelina! 

Here is one. I call it The King and His Advisor

Illustrating Angelina Ballerina's World

Inspiration for Angelina’s world comes from my own childhood and her cottage from two places where I have lived.

When I was very small we lived in this tiny cottage down a lane. 

There was no electricity at that time so at night we used paraffin lamps and candles and cooked on an open range. In Angelina’s Christmas you can see these things in the picture of the kitchen

Later when I was illustrating the Angelina books I lived in another cottage in a different part of England. This one was built with stone which I used for her cottage.

Both my cottages had thatched roofs made of straw and oak beams inside and so I used these in all the cottages in Angelina’s world.

This can be seen in Angelina's Christmas book with the cross-section of Mr Bell’s house.

The shop in Angelina’s Birthday book is just like the one that was in the village where I lived as a child. It sold absolutely everything and I was fascinated by it and loved it.

Why ballet appeals to me

When I was little I wanted to draw and be an artist but I also wanted to dance and ballet was part of that. But there were no ballet classes for little girls in our little village. This is me dressed up in a tutu about 14 yrs old.

Later I went to a boarding school where two of the girls knew a lot of ballet steps and I learnt from them and we used to put on performances. I also loved looking at books with all the dancers and fantastic stage sets. 

 

When I grew up I realised that unlike Angelina I would never become a ballerina but my love of the ballet must have stayed in my mind so that I was able to use it later in the pictures.

Angelina Images. Later on I could possibly do a little bit about drawing Angelina. I had done other illustrated productions using mice and Angelina sort of evolved out of them. We could also show how a rough sketch of her becomes a finished image. Though that might be a bit too much!!

Drawing Angelina.

 

I had done other illustrated productions using mice and Angelina sort of evolved out of them. We could also show how a rough sketch of her becomes a finished image. Though that might be a bit too much!!