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.

Miss Led Skincare beauty illustrations

Recent beauty illustration for a new skincare client

Here’s a selection of illustration steps from of a set of seven images commissioned for a new product packaging. 

I get many enquiries from potential commissioners to create a series of works to illustrate a particular beauty or skincare regime. I’ve not till now had a step-by-step project that I’ve been very proud of. So when I was approached by a new London based skincare specialist about creating this work I saw it as a great opportunity.

The brief was to illustrate the different stages involved in applying an organic botanical based skincare product.  The final illustrations would be printed on a white ground so the simplified portraits relied only on an organic, ‘feel’, brown line and a tinted blush.  My aim was to create a portrait that felt ethnically diverse using strong but soft features. What do you think?

As of now the product hasn’t launched so I can’t add a full images of the packaging pamphlet or further product shots. Check back soon for the full story and a photo of the final print!

✨ 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