|Work for Lemony Snicket|
|Stories:||A Series of Unfortunate Events|
|Main time period active:||1999-2006|
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Brett Helquist (born 1966) is the renowned illustrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events and many other books for young people. Lemony Snicket incorporates Helquist into his writing, most notably in the Letters to the Editor, which include lists of items for Helquist to study in preparation for subsequent books. Helquist also draws his own portraits for the mini-biographies at the back of each book. As such, Helquist also exists in Snicket's universe.
According to his mini-biography, Helquist was born in Ganado, Arizona, but grew up in Orem, Utah (having moved there at age 11). Long interested in science, he started college as an engineering major, but soon realised that wasn't for him. While living in Taiwan, Helquist got a job as a textbook illustrator and came to know his true calling in book illustrations.
He now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Mary Jane Callister, and their children. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in fine arts.
Brett Helquist illustrated all 13 books in A Series of Unfortunate Events. The Bad Beginning was the first book cover he had ever designed, and though he has since moved on to other projects, ASOUE remains perhaps his most recognisable body of illustration work.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Helquist's illustrations for A Series of Unfortunate Events have also been used extensively in other merchandise like the audiobook covers The Blank Book and the various calendars. He's also created original illustrations for the box sets, like The Loathsome Library and The Complete Wreck.
Other Snicket works
Even after A Series of Unfortunate Events ended, Helquist continued to work with Snicket on standalone books, such as The Lump of Coal in 2008.