Brett Helquist will talk about how he became a children's author and illustrator, starting with a childhood love of comic books, and describe the process of creating the illustrations for A Series of Unfortunate Events and other books. Participants will also learn the techniques for drawing his favorite characters.
Brett Helquist is best known as the man who brings Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire and their archenemy Count Olaf to life in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, where he uses "broken pencils, dried-up paint, and boxes and boxes of tissues" to depict the tragic lives of the Baudelaire orphans. Sometimes he finds this work so distressing that he "sends himself flowers, but it never helps." His other work includes the acclaimed illustrations for Chasing Vermeer and its sequels by Blue Balliett, his adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Capt. Hook by James V. Hart, James Howe's House of Bunnicula series, and the story and pictures for Roger, the Jolly Pirate.
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Brett Helquist (born 1966) is the renowned illustrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events and...