About Helen Cann

I'm an artist and illustrator, usually with a pencil between my gritted teeth and a paintbrush in my hand. Previous studios have been in a converted stable mews (chocolaterie next door), a disused co-op meat storage building (hooks still in the ceiling) and now above a milk shake shop in a sunny English seaside town. I've illustrated over 30 books, and exhibited around the world.

New website!

After a great show at Islington Contemporary Art and Design Fair, I’ve got myself a brand new fine art website and a new blog.  This blog is now archived.  Please go to http://www.helencannfineart.co.uk instead.


Recent Paintings

A recent painting using a drawing I completed from life.  I’ve adapted quite heavily so this isn’t a photographic likeness.  I’m going to exhibit this at Islington Contemporary Art Fair in October.

Drawing from human dissection at Brighton medical school.

I spent some time drawing in the anatomy room at Brighton Medical School at Sussex university the other day; I thought it could be a useful and inform my life drawings.  This was organised by the Brighton Medical Student Art Society.  The experience was quite a strange one.  All bodies were treated with respect and cadaver heads were covered.  Drawings were completed in silence and we were allowed to draw and observe sections of bodies and the internal organs of one main body shown here.  I found drawing fairly difficult as I only had a rough idea about what I was looking at –   probably a full on anatomy class would have been useful!  In the end I found I was only comfortable drawing the main body rather than the body sections which seemed completely removed from being human in any way.  The chemical smell was strong and disconcerting after a few hours too.  Ultimately it was an incredibly interesting experience but I’m not sure how useful it is to my personal work right now…