¡HOLA! MEET CHELEN,

Chelen is an illustrator and a lettering artist based in Madrid. Also known as Helena, Chelen was born in sunny Spain with a silver crayon in her mouth and an impossible to pronounce last name, if you are really wondering, Ecija it’s pronounced EH-ci-hah.

She started drawing on restaurant placemats at age 2 and now she can’t stop illustrating. She is also addicted to traveling, eating sunflower seeds and buying new books.

She studied her Fine Arts degree at Complutense University of Madrid and at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and then she worked in Chicago as the art director of a toy company for several years. Now she is back in Europe, working as a freelance illustrator where she has specialized in her true passion: hand lettering and children’s illustration.

Her style is witty and upbeat. Letterforms hog the spotlight in her illustrations. Serifs, sans serifs, ligatures, numerals and small caps compose her visual vocabulary and she enjoys mixing these with lovable animals and characters.

Chelen enjoys giving lectures about illustration that help other illustrators that are starting out. She is a member of APIM, the Association of Professional Illustrators of Madrid and as part of this association, she was the representative of Spain at the European Illustrators Forum (EIF) for some time.

Selected Clients

International: Penguin Random House, Scholastic, Harper Collins, Sourcebooks, Beaming books, Wrigley (Mars), Design House Greetings.

Spain: Penguin Random House Spain, Edelvives, SM, Santillana, Bruño, Agencia D6, Agencia Nuwa, La Sexta, i con i, Magic Box Inc, Instituto Monsa de Ediciones

Teaching: IED (Istituto Europe di Design) Madrid campus.

Group shows

• 2015. La literatura nos incluye a todos. Conde Duque Cultural Center. Madrid, Spain.
• 2015. Letterpress Reloaded! International Exhibition of Letterpress Posters Celebrating ATypI 2015. Association Typographique Internationale. Sao Paulo, Brasil.
• 2014. Platero y yo. Conde Duque Cultural Center. Madrid, Spain.
• 2014. Interactype. Slowtrack Gallery. Madrid, Spain.
• 2014. Save & Destroy: 50 Aniversario Godzilla. With Autumn Society Spain. Ficomic. Granada, Spain
• 2013. ¡Estamos en la luna! Conde Duque Cultural Center. Madrid, Spain.
• 2013. Deck the Halls. Vertical Gallery. Chicago.
• 2012. A que me sabe este cuento. Centro cultural Conde Duque. Madrid, Spain
• 2012. Adventure Time tribute. Autumn Society Spain. Ficomic. Granada, Spain
• 2011. KFS: Manga and design. Punt Multimèdia. Barcelona, Spain
• 2009. Kodomo Manga show. II Manga Expo of Tenerife. Tenerife, Spain.
• 2008. Fashion show. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.
• 2008. Double Identity. Nuveen Center. Chicago, IL.
• 2008. The best Natural History illustration. John M. Flaxman Library, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.

Press

• 2016. Buzz Feed. Mapas locos que te muestran Madrid como nunca lo habías visto.
• 2015. Antena 3 Noticias. National news, lettering story.
 
2015. Directivos y Empresas. Issue 134, Page 70-72. Article: A inciative to support the integration of kids in Schools.
 2014. Spring Wisconsin wedding: Lucas + Courtney. 100 Layer Cake web article of April 10th.
 2014. BRIDES Magazine February/March issue 2014. Page 316.
 2012. Léptica Magazine. Cover and back cover. 3-spread article about my work.
 2011. Antena 3.com. SOS Japón, artículo de C. García Chacón.
• 2009. El día Newspaper. El cómic japonés atrae a profesionales y aficionados. July 26th. Page 56.

Talks & Workshops

• 2016. Encuentro digital. Intervención en el encuentro con la embajada de España en EEUU. Museo ABC de ilustración, Madrid.
• 2016. Survey results of You are Here, a national income survey of Spanish Illustrators. Encuentros con Ilustradores Profesionales. ABC Museum of illustration, Madrid, Spain.
• 2015. Calligraphy for beginners workshop. APIM LAB. ABC Museum of illustration, Madrid, Spain.
• 2015. English for illustrators. Lecture in Leaving the nest conference. ABC Museum of illustration, Madrid, Spain.
• 2015. English for illustrators. Workshop. Madrid, Spain.
• 2014. Handlettering. Onset Formación. 5-day workshop. Madrid, Spain.
• 2012. Presented at a lecture about illustrator’s day, Demo of Adobe Illustrator to the students
of the course Digital illustration at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
• 2011. Presented at a lecture about illustrator’s job market, Demo of watercolor coloring to the students of the course Illustration: Objects, Fashion and Lifestyle at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
• 2009. Character development. II Manga Expo of Tenerife. Tenerife, Spain.
• 2009. Presented at a lecture about illustrator’s job market, Demo of watercolor coloring to the students of the course Illustration: Objects, Fashion and Lifestyle at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


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