Helen Huang

Helen Huang - Designer

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Published Illustrator specializing in young adult and children's book covers, picture books and more!

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Overview

I’ve been illustrating professionally for 10+ years. My work has appeared in magazines, books and product packaging. My modern, feminine and colorful vector style is a perfect fit for young adults and children’s market. I have published 2 picture books and 4 dress-up doll books. I’ve illustrated over 40 book covers, including New York Times Bestseller Whatever After series. I am also the character illustrator for Mattel’s Ever After High toy packaging. When I am not illustrating, I work full time as a senior Art Director at an ad agency.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Young Adult

Work experience

Illustrator

Helen Huang Illustration
January, 2007 – Present (over 13 years)

Clients include: Scholastic, Random House, Hinkler, Sourcebook, Simon and Schuster, Mattel

Portfolio (32 selected works)

Whatever After Boxset, Books 1-6 (Whatever After)

Sarah Mlynowski

Sarah Mlynowski's New York Times bestselling series in a six-book paperback boxed set! Whatever After offers a fresh, modern spin on classic fairy tales! When the magic mirror in their basement transports them into classic fairy tales, siblings Abby and Jonah accidentally mess up the stories . . . and they have to find a way to set things right! This box set includes the first six hilarious, f... read more

Sarah Mlynowski's New York Times bestselling series in a six-book paperback boxed set! Whatever After offers a fresh, modern spin on classic fairy tales! When the magic mirror in their basement transports them into classic fairy tales, siblings Abby and Jonah accidentally mess up the stories . . . and they have to find a way to set things right! This box set includes the first six hilarious, f... read more

Fairest of All (Whatever After #1)

Sarah Mlynowski

The first installment of Sarah Mylowski's New York Times bestselling series!Mirror, mirror, on the basement wall . . .Once upon a time my brother and I were normal kids. The next minute? The mirror in our basement slurped us up and magically transported us inside Snow White's fairy tale.I know it sounds crazy, but it's true.But hey -- we're heroes! We stopped Snow White from eating the poisone... read more

The first installment of Sarah Mylowski's New York Times bestselling series!Mirror, mirror, on the basement wall . . .Once upon a time my brother and I were normal kids. The next minute? The mirror in our basement slurped us up and magically transported us inside Snow White's fairy tale.I know it sounds crazy, but it's true.But hey -- we're heroes! We stopped Snow White from eating the poisone... read more

Abby in Wonderland (Whatever After Special Edition)

Sarah Mlynowski

Down the rabbit hole . . .I'm spending the day with my best friends, Frankie and Robin, and -- UGH -- snobby Penny. I'm not expecting anything magical to happen, until Frankie falls into a mysterious hole behind Penny's house . . . and we all wind up in the story of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland!I've visited fairy tales before. But in Wonderland, everything is topsy-turvy. There are potions... read more

Down the rabbit hole . . .I'm spending the day with my best friends, Frankie and Robin, and -- UGH -- snobby Penny. I'm not expecting anything magical to happen, until Frankie falls into a mysterious hole behind Penny's house . . . and we all wind up in the story of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland!I've visited fairy tales before. But in Wonderland, everything is topsy-turvy. There are potions... read more

Once Upon a Frog (Whatever After #8)

Sarah Mlynowski

My brother, Jonah, and I just want to TALK to the magic mirror -- we're not planning on traveling into any fairytales today. Promise.Except we do wind up going through the mirror, this time into the story of The Frog Prince. The princess, who's supposed to transform the cute little frog back into a handsome prince, turns out to be super rude. Jonah and I decide we don't want -- or need -- her ... read more

My brother, Jonah, and I just want to TALK to the magic mirror -- we're not planning on traveling into any fairytales today. Promise.Except we do wind up going through the mirror, this time into the story of The Frog Prince. The princess, who's supposed to transform the cute little frog back into a handsome prince, turns out to be super rude. Jonah and I decide we don't want -- or need -- her ... read more

Genie in a Bottle (Whatever After #9)

Sarah Mlynowski

Be careful what you wish for...When my brother, Jonah, and I travel through our mirror into the story of Aladdin, we're excited. There will be magic lamps and genies granting wishes. Right?Wrong.The genie we meet isn't QUITE as helpful as we expected. And if Aladdin's wishes don't come true, he won't get to marry the princess and live happily ever after!Now we have to:- Escape an enchanted cav... read more

Be careful what you wish for...When my brother, Jonah, and I travel through our mirror into the story of Aladdin, we're excited. There will be magic lamps and genies granting wishes. Right?Wrong.The genie we meet isn't QUITE as helpful as we expected. And if Aladdin's wishes don't come true, he won't get to marry the princess and live happily ever after!Now we have to:- Escape an enchanted cav... read more

Dream On (Whatever After #4)

Sarah Mlynowski

My friend Robin and I were going to have the best sleepover ever. We'd stay up late, eat s'mores, share secrets -- and NOT knock on my magic mirror. I was NOT getting pulled into another fairy tale.But the mirror STILL ends up pulling me and my brother, Jonah, into Sleeping Beauty's story -- and this time, Robin comes with us, too! When Robin pricks her finger on the spindle, I know we're in t... read more

My friend Robin and I were going to have the best sleepover ever. We'd stay up late, eat s'mores, share secrets -- and NOT knock on my magic mirror. I was NOT getting pulled into another fairy tale.But the mirror STILL ends up pulling me and my brother, Jonah, into Sleeping Beauty's story -- and this time, Robin comes with us, too! When Robin pricks her finger on the spindle, I know we're in t... read more

Two Peas in a Pod (Whatever After #11)

Sarah Mlynowski

I've landed -- along with my brother, Jonah, and our dog, Prince -- in the fairy tale of The Princess and the Pea! When I can't fall asleep on top of a hundred mattresses, the kingdom decides I must be the princess they're looking for. Talk about royal treatment -- I'm suddenly being waited on hand and foot. Plus, I get unlimited ball gowns, sparkly jewelry, and ice cream. But can we find a RE... read more

I've landed -- along with my brother, Jonah, and our dog, Prince -- in the fairy tale of The Princess and the Pea! When I can't fall asleep on top of a hundred mattresses, the kingdom decides I must be the princess they're looking for. Talk about royal treatment -- I'm suddenly being waited on hand and foot. Plus, I get unlimited ball gowns, sparkly jewelry, and ice cream. But can we find a RE... read more

Beauty Queen (Whatever After #7)

Sarah Mlynowski

Ever since the magic mirror erased his memory, my brother, Jonah, doesn't believe that we really visit different fairy tales. So it's a relief when the mirror sucks us into a story -- and this time, it's Beauty and the Beast!Hoorah! Or, maybe not. When Jonah picks a rose from the Beast's garden, he messes up the story. The Beast is so angry he takes my brother prisoner... instead of Beauty! Bu... read more

Ever since the magic mirror erased his memory, my brother, Jonah, doesn't believe that we really visit different fairy tales. So it's a relief when the mirror sucks us into a story -- and this time, it's Beauty and the Beast!Hoorah! Or, maybe not. When Jonah picks a rose from the Beast's garden, he messes up the story. The Beast is so angry he takes my brother prisoner... instead of Beauty! Bu... read more

Sugar and Spice (Whatever After #10)

Sarah Mlynowski

That's the way the cookie crumbles!Yum! Our magic mirror has dropped me and my brother, Jonah, into the story of Hansel and Gretel. If we're lucky, we may even get to taste the cake-house...But we didn't count on accidentally getting trapped. The real Hansel and Gretel are on the run, and Jonah and I have taken their place. And the witch is making a kid casserole for dinner... Now we have to:-... read more

That's the way the cookie crumbles!Yum! Our magic mirror has dropped me and my brother, Jonah, into the story of Hansel and Gretel. If we're lucky, we may even get to taste the cake-house...But we didn't count on accidentally getting trapped. The real Hansel and Gretel are on the run, and Jonah and I have taken their place. And the witch is making a kid casserole for dinner... Now we have to:-... read more

Seeing Red (Whatever After #12)

Sarah Mlynowski

Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother's house we go! Abby and Jonah are off to visit their Nana, who knows ALL about fairy tales. But things go wrong when the siblings wind up in the classic fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood. Will they escape the big, bad wolf in time? Hijinks, hilarity, and lots of girl power are guaranteed!

Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother's house we go! Abby and Jonah are off to visit their Nana, who knows ALL about fairy tales. But things go wrong when the siblings wind up in the classic fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood. Will they escape the big, bad wolf in time? Hijinks, hilarity, and lots of girl power are guaranteed!

Sink or Swim (Whatever After #3)

Sarah Mlynowski

We weren't planning to mess up the fairy tales. The first two times we did it by accident. But when our magic mirror pulls us into the story of the Little Mermaid, we have no choice but to try and rewrite it. Let's just say the original story does NOT end happily!Now we need to:- Convince our mermaid to keep her tail- Plan a royal wedding- Avoid getting eaten by sharksWe've got to find a happy... read more

We weren't planning to mess up the fairy tales. The first two times we did it by accident. But when our magic mirror pulls us into the story of the Little Mermaid, we have no choice but to try and rewrite it. Let's just say the original story does NOT end happily!Now we need to:- Convince our mermaid to keep her tail- Plan a royal wedding- Avoid getting eaten by sharksWe've got to find a happy... read more

Cold As Ice (Whatever After #6)

Sarah Mlynowski

Even though my brother and I had decided to stay away from the magic mirror, our puppy had other plans -- he bounded right in. What choice did we have but to go in after him?When we land in a winter wonderland, we realize we must be in the story of The Snow Queen. And this fairy tale is nothing like the movie. This Snow Queen is super-mean, and she turns our dog into an ice sculpture!To get ho... read more

Even though my brother and I had decided to stay away from the magic mirror, our puppy had other plans -- he bounded right in. What choice did we have but to go in after him?When we land in a winter wonderland, we realize we must be in the story of The Snow Queen. And this fairy tale is nothing like the movie. This Snow Queen is super-mean, and she turns our dog into an ice sculpture!To get ho... read more

Emma Moves In (American Girl: Like Sisters #1)

Clare Hutton

Emma's big move is changing everything.She's always fantasized about living in the same seaside town as her twin cousins, Natalia and Zoe. But now that she's there, things aren't going quite the way she expected.The beautiful old mansion the girls' mothers are renovating together isn't finished yet, and Emma misses her dad, who's stuck back in Seattle. Worse, the twins lead different lives at ... read more

Emma's big move is changing everything.She's always fantasized about living in the same seaside town as her twin cousins, Natalia and Zoe. But now that she's there, things aren't going quite the way she expected.The beautiful old mansion the girls' mothers are renovating together isn't finished yet, and Emma misses her dad, who's stuck back in Seattle. Worse, the twins lead different lives at ... read more

Natalia Takes the Lead (American Girl: Like Sisters #2)

Clare Hutton

Canine chaos comes to Seaview House! Several dogs are staying at the inn with their owners and there's even going to be a wedding with dog ring bearers! Natalia is eager to help out because she loves dogs and wants to earn a little extra spending money. She volunteers to watch and walk all the guests' dogs-and volunteers Zoe and Emma to help her. But Zoe and Emma have their own commitments and... read more

Canine chaos comes to Seaview House! Several dogs are staying at the inn with their owners and there's even going to be a wedding with dog ring bearers! Natalia is eager to help out because she loves dogs and wants to earn a little extra spending money. She volunteers to watch and walk all the guests' dogs-and volunteers Zoe and Emma to help her. But Zoe and Emma have their own commitments and... read more

Zoe is On the Air (American Girl: Like Sisters #3)

Clare Hutton

Zoe knows best!But can she convince Emma -- and the rest of the school? When Zoe and Emma start giving out advice on a school-wide TV show, the response is more than Zoe ever expected. Kids Zoe's never even talked to before seek her out for help with their problems. Zoe's riding high on her success . . . until her classmates start actually following her advice! Soon there's a romance on the ro... read more

Zoe knows best!But can she convince Emma -- and the rest of the school? When Zoe and Emma start giving out advice on a school-wide TV show, the response is more than Zoe ever expected. Kids Zoe's never even talked to before seek her out for help with their problems. Zoe's riding high on her success . . . until her classmates start actually following her advice! Soon there's a romance on the ro... read more

Twist My Charm: The Popularity Spell

Toni Gallagher

Magic and a little twist of mayhem will charm fans of Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Wendy Mass in this fresh, contemporary novel! When a package arrives in the mail for Cleo Nelson, she can’t wait to open it. The birthday present is seven months late, but it’s from Uncle Arnie and that can only mean one thing: magic! Inside is a voodoo doll complete with instructions for making happy, w... read more

Magic and a little twist of mayhem will charm fans of Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Wendy Mass in this fresh, contemporary novel! When a package arrives in the mail for Cleo Nelson, she can’t wait to open it. The birthday present is seven months late, but it’s from Uncle Arnie and that can only mean one thing: magic! Inside is a voodoo doll complete with instructions for making happy, w... read more

Twist My Charm: Love Potion #11

Toni Gallagher

Middle school crushes are WAY more complicated when you have a love potion. Everyone knows love potions don’t really work. But Cleo got one as a gift. And it would be crazy not to at least try it . . . right? The plan is simple: make Cleo’s ex–best friend Samantha and her (secret) crush Larry fall in love. If it works, Sam will be so happy, she’ll want to be Cleo’s friend again! But when Sam g... read more

Middle school crushes are WAY more complicated when you have a love potion. Everyone knows love potions don’t really work. But Cleo got one as a gift. And it would be crazy not to at least try it . . . right? The plan is simple: make Cleo’s ex–best friend Samantha and her (secret) crush Larry fall in love. If it works, Sam will be so happy, she’ll want to be Cleo’s friend again! But when Sam g... read more

Fashion Academy

Sheryl Berk, Carrie Berk

Project Runway meets Fame in a trendy new series from the authors of The Cupcake ClubAt the Fashion Academy of Brooklyn, FAB is a way of life. Fashion-forward MacKenzie "Mickey" Williams is thrilled to be accepted to FAB Middle School (Fashion Academy of Brooklyn), a school that serves as a training ground for the fashion designers of tomorrow. (Their motto, "We are SEW FAB"). But when her dar... read more

Project Runway meets Fame in a trendy new series from the authors of The Cupcake ClubAt the Fashion Academy of Brooklyn, FAB is a way of life. Fashion-forward MacKenzie "Mickey" Williams is thrilled to be accepted to FAB Middle School (Fashion Academy of Brooklyn), a school that serves as a training ground for the fashion designers of tomorrow. (Their motto, "We are SEW FAB"). But when her dar... read more

Fashion Face-Off (Fashion Academy)

Sheryl Berk, Carrie Berk

Fashion and friendship don't always go hand in hand...Mickey Williams is a top student at Fashion Academy of Brooklyn, the premiere school for aspiring designers. So it's no surprise when her teacher selects her to compete in a new competitive fashion TV show. Even better? Her BFF JC is selected too! But with a major prize at stake, the friendly competition turns into a full-on wardrobe war an... read more

Fashion and friendship don't always go hand in hand...Mickey Williams is a top student at Fashion Academy of Brooklyn, the premiere school for aspiring designers. So it's no surprise when her teacher selects her to compete in a new competitive fashion TV show. Even better? Her BFF JC is selected too! But with a major prize at stake, the friendly competition turns into a full-on wardrobe war an... read more

Runway Ready (Fashion Academy)

Sheryl Berk, Carrie Berk

Project Runway meets Fame in a trendy new series from the authors of The Cupcake Club1. Balloons 2. Spaghetti 3. RainbowsIf you were to ask Mickey Williams, these would not be her top points of inspiration for designing a party dress. But in fashion, the client is always right...and Mickey's client happens to be fashion legend Victoria Vanderweil's five-year-old granddaughter. Even though it's... read more

Project Runway meets Fame in a trendy new series from the authors of The Cupcake Club1. Balloons 2. Spaghetti 3. RainbowsIf you were to ask Mickey Williams, these would not be her top points of inspiration for designing a party dress. But in fashion, the client is always right...and Mickey's client happens to be fashion legend Victoria Vanderweil's five-year-old granddaughter. Even though it's... read more

Model Madness (Fashion Academy)

Sheryl Berk, Carrie Berk

Will Mickey William's design create a catwalk catfight? Mickey Williams has always dreamed of being a famous fashion designer. It's why she works so hard on her assignments at the Fashion Academy of Brooklyn, the premiere school for aspiring designers. So when Mickey accidentally bumps into famous supermodel Gigi Harlow, who proclaims that she simply must have Mickey's self-designed purse, Mic... read more

Will Mickey William's design create a catwalk catfight? Mickey Williams has always dreamed of being a famous fashion designer. It's why she works so hard on her assignments at the Fashion Academy of Brooklyn, the premiere school for aspiring designers. So when Mickey accidentally bumps into famous supermodel Gigi Harlow, who proclaims that she simply must have Mickey's self-designed purse, Mic... read more

Designer Drama (Fashion Academy)

Sheryl Berk, Carrie Berk

Is Mickey Williams about to become an international fashion phenomenon?! Mickey thought she'd gotten used to the heavy competition at the Fashion Academy of Brooklyn. But when the students of FAB get the chance to compete for a spot in an international fashion show, Mickey's ready to get tres fierce. Because the top two winners get to experience the holy grail of fashion: Paris Fashion Week. M... read more

Is Mickey Williams about to become an international fashion phenomenon?! Mickey thought she'd gotten used to the heavy competition at the Fashion Academy of Brooklyn. But when the students of FAB get the chance to compete for a spot in an international fashion show, Mickey's ready to get tres fierce. Because the top two winners get to experience the holy grail of fashion: Paris Fashion Week. M... read more

Best Friends (Until Someone Better Comes Along) (mix)

Erin Downing

In this M!X original, Izzy is used to being queen bee--but will she ditch her mean girl status for a chance at true friendship?Isabella Caravelli is dreading summer. She doesn't want to spend a month at a lakeside resort with her parents and the families of her dad's coworkers, especially when she discovers that two of the kids go to her school. She thinks Bailey and Ava are beyond weird--and ... read more

In this M!X original, Izzy is used to being queen bee--but will she ditch her mean girl status for a chance at true friendship?Isabella Caravelli is dreading summer. She doesn't want to spend a month at a lakeside resort with her parents and the families of her dad's coworkers, especially when she discovers that two of the kids go to her school. She thinks Bailey and Ava are beyond weird--and ... read more

Sweet Hearts: Deep Water

Jo Cotterill

This is the sixth title in this wonderful series. For all fans of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson - "Sweet Hearts" follows a huge cast of girls and their friendships, families and first loves! Pearl is a synchronised-swimming star in the making, who's heading for the Olympics. But will she be distracted by romance? Does she even have time for boys with all her training ...?

This is the sixth title in this wonderful series. For all fans of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson - "Sweet Hearts" follows a huge cast of girls and their friendships, families and first loves! Pearl is a synchronised-swimming star in the making, who's heading for the Olympics. But will she be distracted by romance? Does she even have time for boys with all her training ...?

The Secrets Club: No Match for Dani

Chris Higgins

The third book in the popular The Secrets Club series by author Chris Higgins, for pre-teen girls. The Secrets Club - Alice, Tash, Dani and Lissa in their first year at secondary. These girls are forging new friendships, facing fears and finding their way. Should they keep their secrets or share them with each other? In the first two books, Alice and Tash fessed up. Now it's Dani's turn. Shoul... read more

The third book in the popular The Secrets Club series by author Chris Higgins, for pre-teen girls. The Secrets Club - Alice, Tash, Dani and Lissa in their first year at secondary. These girls are forging new friendships, facing fears and finding their way. Should they keep their secrets or share them with each other? In the first two books, Alice and Tash fessed up. Now it's Dani's turn. Shoul... read more

The Secrets Club: Alice in the Spotlight

Chris Higgins

INTRODUCING THE SECRETS CLUB:Alice, Tash, Dani and Lissa''It's OK. We're the Gang of Four, remember? The No-Secrets Club.' Her stern face softens into her familiar smile and my world lights up again.Briefly. But soon the cloud comes back.I have got a secret.A big one.I want to tell my friends, I really do. But the longer I keep it hidden the harder it is to do . . .'Join the girls in The Secre... read more

INTRODUCING THE SECRETS CLUB:Alice, Tash, Dani and Lissa''It's OK. We're the Gang of Four, remember? The No-Secrets Club.' Her stern face softens into her familiar smile and my world lights up again.Briefly. But soon the cloud comes back.I have got a secret.A big one.I want to tell my friends, I really do. But the longer I keep it hidden the harder it is to do . . .'Join the girls in The Secre... read more

The Secrets Club: The Truth about Tash

Chris Higgins

Meet The Secrets Club. This is the second book in a highly collectable new series by bestselling author Chris Higgins; perfect for fans of Jacqueline Wilson and Karen McCombie.Tash, Alice, Danni and Lissa are in their first year at Riverside Academy, making new friends, facing their fears and sharing their secrets. In the first book, Alice in the Spotlight, we discovered Alice's secret. Now it... read more

Meet The Secrets Club. This is the second book in a highly collectable new series by bestselling author Chris Higgins; perfect for fans of Jacqueline Wilson and Karen McCombie.Tash, Alice, Danni and Lissa are in their first year at Riverside Academy, making new friends, facing their fears and sharing their secrets. In the first book, Alice in the Spotlight, we discovered Alice's secret. Now it... read more

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Jennifer Boller
Helen designed the cover for both my print book and ebook. We're nearly done with our collaboration, and I'm so pleased with the results! She brought my vision for my characters to life with a terrific cover and was very prompt in getting back to me regarding any concerns I had. She was also very kind, personable, and easy to work with. I would definitely recommend her to others and would work...
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Jennifer Boller, April 2019

Helen Huang
Thank you for a wonderful collaboration, Jennifer! I really enjoyed working with you on bringing your characters to life. Your thoughtful insights and suggestions contributed so much to the final r...
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Salwa Elshazly
Working with Helen was a great experience all around; her work product is excellent - creative, attractive and professional - and she worked quickly while effectively, and really understood the project's needs. I am looking forward to working with Helen on future projects for sure!

Salwa Elshazly, December 2018

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