Illustrator Grace Helmer joined us from her south London studio for Nicer Tuesdays October, discussing how keeping her practice personal has encouraged herself, and her client base, to grow.
Taking the audience through her career post-graduation, Grace explained how many of her creative decisions have been influenced by everything else going on in her life. From her now signature painterly illustration technique – which developed from receiving paints for Christmas and not being able to afford much else – to writing comics about her Tinder dating experiences and a family loss, being honest with herself and audiences has helped the illustrator build her independent practice.
It’s also made Grace see the vital importance of a work-life balance, especially as a freelancer. During her talk, the illustrator offered one piece of key advice that definitely resonated with the audience, saying: “It’s important to be a person as well an illustrator…”