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Miss Led Drawing Books are in the Tate Modern & National Portrait Gallery

It’s now been a full year since both my Portrait and Figure Drawing books were published. Very proud to see them available at the Tate Modern and National Portrait Gallery shops.

This month I had to say a massive thanks to my followers for all their images, comments, emails, 5 star reviews and excitement that still flows through the different platforms. It’s a wonderful experience knowing that you’ve brought joy and inspiration to people through learning. I’ve just received a video of one student that has drawn every single image in the book – to my recollection that is 109 in total

Such a pleasure to pour almost 20yrs of teaching into these. From one-to-one set ups, working with large groups, to new ways of delivery and development. The hardest part was trying to fit it all in.

 

These are some of my favourite illustrations included to keep the books full of movement and energy.

My experience other than teaching has been live drawing, street art, fine art, public art, mural art, illustration for advertising and editorial work.

As well as partnering with some of the biggest brands on the planet I’ve delivered workshops at Saatchi Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Apple store and my next UK workshop will be held at the the V&A.

MISS LED GUEST APPEARANCE SUMMER POPUP COLLAB

SUMMER POP UP AT PETITE MIRAMAR

This Saturday I collaborated with my favourites The Other Sight / Shop and JoJo’s Seaside for a Summer Popup event just outside Lisbon on the beach at Fonte da Telha.

There were games, dancing, exquisite food, exhibited artworks and covetable design and fashion available at Petite Miramar the restaurant and hotel owned by Andre Saraiva aka Mr A.

Thank you for everyone that came along and made it so special, big love and thanks to Sonya Tlr and @claire tournemine at The Other Sight / Shop for all their energy and inviting me to be their special guest.

More images coming soon

As well as creating the invites, gifs and posters I curated a selection of illustrations with digital collage celebrating the colour and vibrancy of Lisbon life for my first presentation of art works in Portugal.

You can read my interview with the uber stylish Parisian store and understand more about the collaboration here – check the link : http://bit.ly/2K0dUAh

Miss Led Studio: Inspiration at Apple

How did Miss Led grow from being a Myspace handle – a devise initially used to publish work online in secret – to a multi disciplinary art studio working with the biggest brands on the planet? 

Advised repeatedly to stick to just one style to have any hope for a successful career in illustration, to not compete in any live tournaments for sake of failure and embarrassment… It was great to go back in time and present a rich profile of diverse projects and artwork created against the odds when Apple asks me to talk a little about my ‘journey’ last week.

For the inspiration session I touched on some of the seriously important things that contributed to the continuing success of Miss Led – Tenacity was number one, and how staying playful with ideas and being open to new opportunities went hand-in-hand.

Being vulnerable was also an important theme. Sharing how competing in live tournaments (against the odds and winning – twice) and creating art (including that of mistakes) in front of thousands of people has helped me gain a deeper understanding about my tools, how I engage my different audiences and keep my ideas light and agile.

Open to risk, trying many different approaches, stepping into very different territories and weld diverse materials has helped build a portfolio I’m very proud of.

From purely illustration work to now including experiential activations, virtual reality art, live installation work, video production, creative direction, consultation and more. These combined have helped shape the name Miss Led into a buzzing multi disciplinary Art Studio.

It was so engaging working with the audience and inspiring them to create something new and playful themselves using the provided iPad Pros.

I wanted everyone of all ages and ability to be part of the interactive session. Using the Apple iPad and a chosen photograph I supported them to build a brief and create a narrative based image which was then celebrated on the screen whilst the group and I learnt a lot from each other and had loads of fun.

Thanks to everyone that came down on such a beautiful evening and got involved!

And a huge thank you again to the team at Apple for inviting me to deliver a seriously fun Today at Apple in store session.

Miss Led Studio at Apple Store

Join me at the @Apple Store this coming Thursday as I talk about my work, the benefits of artistic diversity, being vulnerable, creative blocks and keeping playful.

Following that I’m delivering a very playfully themed hands on participation and it all starts with your digital photograph.

You’ll be looking at how to generate ideas about your chosen subject, write a design brief and build visual stories using the iPad and the @Procreate drawing and painting app.

Keep an eye out for more information and art examples on this in the next few days! Get in touch if you have any questions

OH and we’ll be finishing off with a lovely Q&A session – so be armed with some queries to keep me on my toes.

More details and sign up – HERE

Thursday 23rd Apple Store Regents Street 6.30 – 8.00pm

Here’s a quick portrait of me created last year on the both iPad  and Procreate. This artwork was one of 10 created for Rape Crisis Tyneside for the amazing Her Story Conference.

Miss Led Today At Apple Session

Excited to announce that I’ll be presenting my work and delivering a #todayatapple session at the Apple Store, Regents Street London next week!

There I’ll be presenting a selection of my drawings, paintings and digital collage.

I’ll also be talking about my ideas; how I develop my thinking and the importance of embracing storytelling.

You’ll bring a photo, a smile and all your creativity. Yes, you have loads more that you think. So no sweat.

The session is free, gratis, nada…. So sign up! HERE

Bring an iPad and stylus if you have one, if not – sign up to the link in the bio – and one can be provided for you.

Please also come if you’d just like to say, hi. We might just have a Q&A to close.

Something’s Happening …

But you can’t see anything quite yet!

Thank you for visiting the site and my blog, right now we’re planning the new website with lots of new features, building a very special portfolio, planning events and workshops in London and exploring exciting collaborations in Central Europe.

It’s an exciting time, and a little busy to keep the blog going, for now! BUT please keep ahead of all these things and more – even if it’s a little quiet at the moment – on my Instagram <3

 

 

MISS LED FIGURE DRAWING BOOK OUT NOW

FIGURE DRAWING BOOK LAUNCHES

Exciting update for you guys – my second book is now available online in the US, Canada and UK. ‘Figure Drawing’ is the second companion in the Pocket Art series (yep – so compact, it can fit in your pocket) and is the follow up to ‘Portrait Drawing’.

My vision being; I wanted to share an easy-to-understand, uncomplicated guide to mastering technique and style.

Pushing everyone out of their comfort zone, slowly but surely – the book encourages the reader to loosen up, to gain the courage to step outside and feel brave enough to draw in public.

You’ll start lessons with getting your materials right before moving on to exercises such as “Understanding the Figure”. This all wraps up with a gallery of drawings that demonstrate what you’ve learned in various different mediums. “Runway Work’ and “Tricks for Creating Movement’

There are lots of fun exercises that’ll help you to create more expressive works – which in turn, help with character design and fashion illustration.
I’m looking forward to hearing your feedback!

I hope you like it

Figure Drawing now Avail for Pre order

My second and final book in the Pocket Book Series is now available for PreOrder on Amazon!

This neatly sized accessible technical guide leads primarily through visual instruction. Figure Drawing is the perfect complain to Portrait Drawing, released this Spring with Rockport Publishers

Figure Drawing is about getting out of your comfort zone and guides you through various techniques to help you gain the confidence to draw outside and in public.

This book is all about loosening up. There are lots of fun exercises that help you create more expressive works which help with character design and fashion illustration. I’m looking forward to seeing it.

You’ll start your lessons with getting your materials right before moving on to “Understanding the Figure” and loosening up for “Runway Work,” “Tricks for Creating Movement,” “Working from the Imagination,” and “Creating Environments,” wrapping up with a gallery of drawings that demonstrate and reinforce what you have learned in various different mediums.

Miss Led Portrait Drawing Book at National Gallery

Portrait Drawing now available at The National Gallery, Sainsbury Book Shop

My first book, ‘Portrait Drawing’, published with Rockport this Spring is not only available at WHSmiths and Waterstones, but now can be found at, The National Gallery, London. Very exciting!

Miss Led Portrait Drawing Book

Miss Led Portrait Drawing is a lively and thorough visual guide to explaining the concepts of 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 how using examples shows how implementing different marks can help strengthen your drawing language.   

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

Looking at how to create the character and expression of faces runs throughout the book giving you suggestions on how to develop using various tips and exercise ideas. You also find pointers on 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 drawing hair from various 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 through 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 and you’re half way there.