Dreamy Illustrations Explore Human Emotion and Our Connection to Nature

Gouache Illustrations by Helena Perez Garcia

London-based Spanish illustrator Helena Perez Garcia creates dream-like, visual stories that communicate complex feelings and human connection with nature. Her vibrant gouache illustrations capture mysterious female characters in surreal settings, often surrounded by vibrant florals and beautiful creatures. Each whimsical image is like a glimpse into the artist’s own thoughts and emotions, beautifully rendered in her distinct style.

Garcia’s main source of inspiration comes from art, literature, and cinema. This is evident in her storybook-like illustrations, all of which visualize real emotions as fantastical scenes, where vivid colors and patterns harmoniously combine. In a piece commissioned for the cover of La chica no olvida (The girl does not forget)—a poetry book by Irene X. Espasa—a female figure is painted opening her dress to release a colorful flock of birds from her torso. This imaginative illustration visualizes the idea of tearing yourself open emotionally, and letting who you truly are come out. In another work, two women are depicted chatting intimately behind a shrub, evoking the relatable feelings of female friendship, trust, and support.

Scroll down to check out some of Garcia’s charming illustrations and see more from her portfolio on her website and Instagram.

Spanish illustrator Helena Perez Garcia creates dream-like, visual stories that communicate complex feelings.

Gouache Illustrations by Helena Perez GarciaGouache Illustrations by Helena Perez Garcia

Each gouache illustration captures fantastical scenes, where vivid colors and patterns harmoniously combine.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Helena Perez Garcia.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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