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Miss Led Portrait Drawing Book

Miss Led Portrait Drawing is a lively and thorough visual guide to explaining the concepts of the character and individual expression of the face.

This book will have you looking and learning with step-by-step illustrations and expert tips directly from London-based artist, Miss Led, aka Joanna Henly.

A compact 112 page book can be neatly carried in a backpack or pocket for when you’re drawing on the go.

Beginning with creating the perfect set up  in your office, room or on location Henly talks about holding the pencil to make specific lines and by using examples showing how different marks can help strengthen your drawing language.   

From examples of how to create your Initial Set Up, you’ll find explicit guides showing clear examples and step by steps in Understanding the Face,  taking you through every facial feature in detail.

Looking at how to create the character and expression of faces tips run through the book giving suggestions on how to develop and keep looking and learning. Also reminders of what to consider when working from memory or imagination.

Covering different angle positions of the face, defining shade and light for capturing different skin tones Henly moves on to simplifying the complexity of hair drawing from afro styles, long, short and wavy.

The book includes carefully selected professional portrait illustrations from Henly’s 10 year career showing examples of what can be achieved and how you can develop your learning.

Everyone can draw, you’re learning a skill just like playing the piano or driving a car. All you need is time and a good dose of excitement.

✨ Portrait Drawing Pre Order & Original Art Giveaway ✨

The first of two books in the Pocket Art Series published with Rockport is now available for Pre Order!

This neatly sized drawing companion is as beautiful as it is informative. It’s filled with tips, tricks and tonnes of tutorials that I’ve developed as an artist and taught to students over the last 16years.

I’ve also selected my favourite portrait drawings from the last 10 years as examples of what you can achieve! ✨

♣️ Thank you to the team at Rockport for making this book a reality ♣️

Publishers Notes

This lively, graphic approach to explaining concepts will have you looking and learning with step by step illustrations and expert tips straight from London-based artist, Miss Led, aka Joanna Henly.

This compact 112-page book is just right for carrying in a backpack or pocket for when you’re learning on the go.

Henly begins by guiding you through your initial Set Up, then moves on to “Understanding the Face”. She takes you through every detail of capturing facial features, expressions and character, and mastering the rendering of hair and skin tones.
Her exercises demonstrate and reinforce everything you need to learn about portrait drawing

✨Original Art GIVEAWAY✨
Special Bonus Images & Exercise

Original Cover Art Work for One Lucky Winner

The first 50 people who can email proof-of-purchase to will receive a special digital bonus section including an exercise and images from the first book edit. Not to be released.

Out of the 50, one lucky winner win the original drawing that graces the front cover!

The winner will be picked by random and announced on Friday 10th March




Miss Led Portrait Drawing Book Cover Reveal

I still have all the drawing books my Dad bought me from his travels when I was growing up. I learnt so much more from these guides than I did in school. It’s such an honour to be launching my own.

I hope you get as much learning as I did retraining myself to write and illustrate this drawing book guide :)
Ahead of schedule the cover of my debut book is now here!
This perfect neatly sized drawing companion is as beautiful as it is informative. Filled with tips, tricks and tonnes of tutorials. I’ve also selected my favourite portrait drawings from the last 10 years as examples of what you can achieve! ✨
Thank you to the team at Rockport Publishers


for helping making this a reality

Miss Led Art Book – Figure Drawing – Finishing this month

With the completion of a 50 faces portrait project with Laurence King and my Portrait Drawing with Quarto now complete, I’m working hard to complete the final publishing project – Figure Drawing – with Quarto Publishers.

It’s been an intensely busy 10 months, thanks for sticking with me.

Teaser – For one section of the book I’m practising quick street sketching and feeling a rekindled love for brush pens & continuous line exercises.  It’s been great to go “back to school” – to remember all the super quick and fun exercises I’ve learnt over the years of drawing and painting –  to be able to pull them all together in two nifty pocket size guides for you.

More information coming soon – AND keep a look out – Book one, Portrait Drawing – The cover reveal is on it’s WAY!

Here’s a street drawing progression from the Figure Drawing book, the second in the series to be released this Summer

Using continuous line on cartridge paper. Trying my best not to take my pencil off the paper.

Using a light box and Xerox paper I’ve drawing inks lines on top of the original quick sketch refining and introducing further lines and shading.  This is then scanned as a gray scale image.

I wanted to introduce a spot of colour to give a sense of distance within the environment – here using Liquitex acrylic inks and lots of water using a Derwent water pen.  This was scanned as a colour image, so you can see the green ink trace that was in the black before changing the pigments.

2017 Roundup & Happy New Year !


Hey There 2018  Happy New Year Friends

What a crazy year it has been, so happy we get to celebrate the coming of a new one… Here’s to it being our best yet.

I want to say a huge thank you to all for your unwavering support across 2017!! It has been my most fulfilling and busiest yet. For those who have engaged online, emailed me kind words, bought prints, come to shows and exhibitions and also to my wonderful clients who have commissioned and continued to collaborate with me on some of my incredible projects and art works THANK YOU!!

This year flowed in very different waves. It was mostly dominated by huge publishing projects.

Visibility on and offline, personal projects and self promo definitely took a back seat in 2017

It was great to take a more introspective approach to the year, especially as I was embarking on being an author of not one but two books!

And these were some of my highlights. I created my first of 2 drawing books. These will be available for pre sale in the next couple of months with Quarto Publishing! So exciting!!

I collaborated with an architectural company in LA marking a very new kind of interior project for Henkel – with work completed this month!

I continued work with the wonderful team at Wacom producing a film with a friend on another one of their mobile tablets to be released in the next month. Keep a look out for that.

Made my longest across country work trip to Philadelphia, for another film project which launches this February

Launched Miss Led watercolour brush sets with Escoda Brushes – beyond exciting.

And finally, I decided to take the big step of going solo in Autumn and said goodbye to my agency after 8yrs – which was seriously terrifying though thankfully totally exhilarating. Here’s to a brave new future!

A year full of first attempts, experimentation, stepping back and reflection.
Can’t wait for this year to unfold

Miss Led : Going Solo

We’re so happy about our new foil blocked business cards! Thank you ! What a great way to celebrate going solo and being agent free for the first time in almost 8yrs! Wow, I know right?

Admittedly breaking away from my wonderful agents after such a long time, was not the easiest thing to do, I’m now thrilled to now working directly with my many existing wonderful clients, to meeting many more in the future and cracking more diverse and fabulous projects.

So it’s ALL change here with many new directions in sight.

The next few months will be spent concentrating on my first two Miss Led book series with Rockport Publishers This allowing some time to incubate plans for new ventures and bigger travel plans. For now under wraps but don’t worry, we’ll make sure to keep you in the loop! X



I’m super excited to announce the launch of my collaboration with Escoda Brushes Barcelona this month.

This is one of two Miss Led Signature sets now available HERE

Carefully selected these are the culmination of many months of testing ALL of the Escoda natural and synthetic brush range. These are my absolute essentials

You can also see the brushes in action in video format, because of course we have that covered.

After months of working with every natural and synthetic brush in the Escoda acrylic and watercolour range I have very carefully selected my ultimate essential brush sets

See the short film that marks the beginning of a beautiful relationship when I first collaborated with Escoda last year, live watercolour painting in Barcelona – See the video here

We’re very proud of our collaboration. Let us know what you think






Miss Led Drawing Books in Progress

It’s all gone a little quieter on social the last few months

Here’s a little teaser of one of three publishing projects on the go which are taking every minute around the clock to produce. Only a few months to complete and we’re nearing half of the first, it’s been such a great opportunity to work on such involved projects.

Studio works in progress feature all new client work to include 50 celebrity portraits for a fun project for Laurence King Publishers. Another exciting new client based in the US, Rockport publishers are giving me the opportunity to produce two considerably dense Miss Led drawing books, one exclusively portraiture and the other figure drawing. Featuring a stack of tutorials, how to’s and a gallery of my favourite new and old illustrations.  So. Exciting!

So get sorted with your notifications on Instagram as we’ll be posting flash tutorials, work in progress shots and mini videos as we go along.

This Saturday 1st July : Mural launch at One Vintage Boutique, Kensington, London

Please join us for the unveiling of a new mural and window artwork inspired by One Vintage’s 19th century oriental embroidery pieces.  


Champagne and Treats

Saturday 1st July 2017

3 – 8pm


Kensington Park road


Inspiration, Education & Beauty

Feeling Inspired

I hope your 2017 is unfolding productively and positively so far. Although the global climate is concerning and much lays in doubt, I take comfort in observing this sense of fear and worry offset by vast numbers of wonderful humans connecting and sharing love, strength and most of all defiance. I feel connected and inspired.

It’s now officially February! Since taking a bit of a step back from social media – see above – and a good few weeks off creating new work, I’ve spent a lot of time questioning what I do, why I do it and what’s actually next. More on these musings soon….

Miss Led Fine Art Prints & Originals

Last weekend saw the official and exciting launch of, Eye Contact , a Miss Led fine art print collection, a body of six works focusing on female culture. As a point of departure from my London debut solo show, Intimate these works saw me re engage with the excitement and development of creating personal works for print. I’ll also be creating more artworks in original and large format too. Very very exciting!

 Miss Led eyecontact print b

Partnering with Google to work in Virtual Reality

My experimental free drawing environment using VR paint software Tilt Brush is now available to view online! Commissioned by Google and created at their Paris Academy was something so very new to me and a HUGE step from my usually considered and meticulously rendered works.  What a great opportunity that has been a gift that keeps giving …

Miss led Goolgle TiltBrush ws

Miss Led Presents Google Tilt Brush at Business of Fashion conference Voices

…. As you may have seen online or in my earlier post that I had the incredible opportunity to present the software at hugely prestigious event for Business Of Fashion, Voices. Following on stage after Will.I.Am and Mario Testino and last speaker at the 3 day conference, my nerves and skills were seriously tested. What a total blast. Thanks to the team at Google US and London.  You’ll see my presentation starts at 4:05:11

Miss Led live illustration VR Google TiltBrush Dress BoF Business of Fashion_b


Dress created live on stage in just 5mins – inspired by John Galliano, who was also present at the conference.  The butterfly corsage, inspired by Alexander McQueen which really highlighted and explored the 3Dimensionally and space within the Virtual environment.

See previous posts for more images and information about the event and other speakers.

Harry Potter Fantastic Beasts Official Fashion Sketchbook

So happy to finally announce my commissioned work for Harry Potter Fashion Sketchbook last year! I spent last Summer creating illustrations of the fantastically dressed film cast, well before the production was previewed.  Such a thrill!  Working to meticulous detail on all the buttons, clasps of waistcoats and fine suits of the victorian era was just divine.  I can’t wait to show you more as I await my copies to hit the studio this month!


Miss Led Illustration For Fashion – Still available to buy

I’m so very proud of my recently launched video tutorial produced by Train To Create. We’re still receiving lots of exciting press and feedback from the feature length video download. Perfect for inspiring new techniques for professionals and also getting you started as a beginner.  You can get a £10 off voucher via Computer Arts Magazine HERE