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Pam Ayres: Up in The Attic - Illustrated by Susan Hellard

We are thrilled to present a brand new poetry collection by one of our favourite poets, Up in the Attic by Pam Ayres is beautifully...

Sketching with Susan Hellard

Susan Hellard creates exquisite pen and ink drawings with beautiful colour washes. All ages can admire her charismatic illustrations...

Susan Hellard's Best of Mindy Hammond

Susan Hellard has impressively illustrated over 400 of Mindy Hammond's articles. Take a look at some of our favourites. ...

New Work: Susan Hellard: S Magazine Illustration for Mindy Hammond Column

Susan has been illustrating Mindy Hammond's weekly column in Express Newspaper's S Magazine for over five years...

Susan Hellard

Susan Hellard

Susan Hellard's illustrious career as an illustrator includes a long list of wonderful books for children. She lives in North London where she loves spending time walking her mischievous dachshund and is a keen swimmer in the ladies pond at Highgate.

Sue's studio walls are covered in pages from fashion magazines to samples of unusual fabrics. She’s had a long-standing fascination with fashion illustration since her teens, particularly Rene Gruau’s work for his dramatic use of colour. She’s also inspired by the French Rococo style, such as the work of Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s because of the froth, frocks and playfulness. Just “watching people” inspires Sue and she records her observations in a sketchbook, which go onto influence her characterisations of people, often with a humorous edge.

As a result of her versatility her subjects have spanned; Grumpy Old Women, bored courtly princesses, funny cookbooks for children and babies, and fashion-conscious teenage girls. Her black and white illustrations adorn a long list of Pam Ayres’ poetry books and she contributes beautifully observed drawings of Mindy Hammond’s family in a weekly column in the Sunday Express magazine. Susan’s distinctive, fun and energetic drawing style along with her keen observational skills is a perfect combination for any project needing characterful content.


  • BBC Books
  • Bloomsbury Children's Books
  • Country Living
  • Ebury Press
  • Egmont
  • Harper Collins
  • Harrods
  • Hodder Children's Books
  • Macmillan Children's Books
  • Piccadilly Press
  • Sunday Express Magazine
  • Tatler


Susan Hellard - Up in the Attic
Coshed at the Cashpoint
Susan Hellard Madame Pamplemouse poster
Mindy Hammond Sunday Express Magazine
Illustration for the Sunday Express Magazine column written by Mindy Hammond


Princesses Are The Muckiest
Home Is Where The Harp Is
Down Dog
Lucky Stars
Mindy Hammond
Paris Rooftops
Pam Ayres, The Works
Parenting Booklet
Shopping Companion
Grumpy Old Women
Mum Stuff
You Can Take The Cat Out of Slough
Milo Mouse And The Scary Monster
Princesses Are Not Quitters
Pocketful Of Kisses
Who Loves Mr Tubs
Greetings Cards
Madame Pamplemouse And Her Incredible Edibles
Love Divided & Rain
Mindy Hammond
Mates Dates Dairy