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Miss Led

Miss Led - International Fashion & Beauty illustrator. London

Miss Led is the moniker used by illustrator and artist Jo Henly, whose work ranges from packaging to portraiture, and from fashion illustration to wall murals. Raised in South Wales, she’s lived in the East End of London for the last 15 years. Her career has taken in a wide range of creative activities, from teaching Public Art HND and running workshops in London and Europe, through to launching her own fashion label. Making art is what drives her, and she needs to have a pencil, pen or brush in her hand every day, and to be working on a new image – whether it ends up on a digital screen or on the side of a building. She’s particularly inspired by 90s street art, Jamie Hewlett’s Tank Girl, Pre-Raphaelite paintings, fashion photography and being surrounded by plant life.

Training

Studying foundation at Trefforest, Jo went on to do a Visual Art degree at Portsmouth and then a Post Diploma in Public Art at Middlesex University in London.

Approach

Often, a figurative piece will start off with a photography session, taking pictures of friends in the right poses, for reference. With some sketching, Miss Led comes up with the composition then begins adding details that will bring a narrative element to the piece. Usually things begin as pencil on paper, and these drawings are scanned in and manipulated in Photoshop. Recently, she acquired a Wacom Cintiq so sketching can now be done digitally – the sketches can then be worked on as vector or bitmap images. Her larger scale work is often done on walls. The study is created in the studio on the drawing board, and using various techniques the line work is scaled up and transferred. She is also found working in front of an audience, either creating large scale works or live portraiture for events and advertising campaigns.

Style

Miss Led’s style is feminine and bold, featuring arresting portraiture and adventurous line work. Her fashion illustration is very line heavy with mixed textures and abstract colours. There is plenty of focus on details such as hair and pattern. Meanwhile, her wall murals are psychedelic, playful and colourful, with block colours.

Awards

Secret Wars 2007 - Global Secret Wars 2008 - Europe Best of Illustration 2011 - AOI

Client list

GOOGLE Braun Clinique Lufthansa H&M L'Oreal Nike Diesel Reebok ESPIRIT Vauxhall Selfridges Swatch Ted Baker The National Trust Vans Head and Shoulders Edding Pens
Fantastic Beasts Fashion Sketchbook
Fantastic Beasts Fashion Sketchbook
Miss Led revels in the opportunity to draw for the Harry Potter Fantastic Beasts Fashion Sketchbook.
Fantastic Beasts Fashion Sketchbook
EyeContact
EyeContact
Miss Led launches a set of limited edition fine art prints combining fashion poses with provocative statements.
EyeContact
Miss Led demonstrates Google's VR Tilt Brush
Miss Led demonstrates Google's VR Tilt Brush
Last week saw the first European demonstration of the virtual reality paint software by the brilliant Miss Led.
Miss Led demonstrates Google's VR Tilt Brush
Illustration for Fashion
Illustration for Fashion
Miss Led launches her own downloadable fashion illustration tutorial.
Illustration for Fashion
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Miss Led Returns
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Miss Led Returns
One year on from her first appearance on Arrest All Mimics, Miss Led talks again to Ben Tallon.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Miss Led Returns
Learn to Draw
Learn to Draw
Miss Led online tutorials to launch this Autumn
Learn to Draw
Escoda Barcelona
Escoda Barcelona
Miss Led treats us to a inspirational look at some Live Painting against the stunning backdrop of Barcelona.
Escoda Barcelona
Miss Led's Pop-Up Solo Show
Miss Led's Pop-Up Solo Show
Enjoy this visual round-up of Miss Led's solo show and product launch for The Dot in Hong Kong.
Miss Led's Pop-Up Solo Show
The Dot Pop-Up Event
The Dot Pop-Up Event
Miss Led collaborates with The Dot and draws live at their pop-up event in Hong Kong.
The Dot Pop-Up Event
Calling all young Artists
Calling all young Artists
Miss Led is running a workshop at The NPG
Calling all young Artists
Miss Led & Wacom Portrait Competition
Miss Led & Wacom Portrait Competition
Get a chance to win a Wacom Intuos Pro tablet by entering the Miss Led & Wacom competition.
Miss Led & Wacom Portrait Competition
Miss Led LIVE!
Miss Led LIVE!
Miss Led paints live in November with Liquitex and Subism Collective's WE CREATE LIVE.
Miss Led LIVE!
Braun Beauty
Braun Beauty
Miss Led is honoured to be working with Braun on their new packaging range.
Braun Beauty
Clinique What's your Line?
Clinique What's your Line?
Miss Led  works with Drum and Jelly London for Clinique to produce an animation and advertorial for their 'What's your Line?' campaign.
Clinique What's your Line?
L'Oréal Tuxedo Portraits
L'Oréal Tuxedo Portraits
Kerastase TR Loreal ask Miss Led to draw sixteen full length portraits of fashion writers donned in tuxedos.
L'Oréal Tuxedo Portraits
Head & Shoulders in Europe
Head & Shoulders in Europe
Head & Shoulders in Europe
Gallagher
Gallagher
This awesome portrait of Liam Gallagher is by Miss Led for T3 Magazine.
Gallagher
Create More with Wacom
Create More with Wacom
Create More with Wacom
Paperdolls
Paperdolls
Miss Led completes Paperdolls - a project for the Essential Summer H&M campaign.
Paperdolls
Head & Shoulders Ladies
Head & Shoulders Ladies
Ketchum commission Miss Led for five Head and Shoulders ladies to launch limited edition shampoos.
Head & Shoulders Ladies
Paddle Against the Flow
Paddle Against the Flow
Miss Led draws two stunning portraits for Huck Magazine's 'Paddle Against the Flow'.
Paddle Against the Flow
A Seville Workshop
A Seville Workshop
 
A Seville Workshop
'Illustrators' Issue 9
'Illustrators' Issue 9
Issue 9 of Illustrators Quarterly is out now and features an article on Miss Led.
'Illustrators' Issue 9
The Night Brain
The Night Brain
Miss Led's artwork makes the front cover of Der Spiegel; the prominent weekly German news publication.
The Night Brain
Intimate Q&A's
Intimate Q&A's
Intimate Q&A's
Intimate with Miss Led
Intimate with Miss Led
Miss Led is super excited about her first solo show starting next week at thePrintspace.
Intimate with Miss Led
Eye Candy Mural
Eye Candy Mural
The recent Eye Candy festival was a huge success for Miss Led.
Eye Candy Mural
Eye Candy
Eye Candy
Eye Candy
Illustrator Profile - Miss Led
Illustrator Profile - Miss Led
Illustrator Profile - Miss Led
Leading the High Life
Leading the High Life
Miss Led draws her own version of the Vitruvian Man for British Airways 'High Life' Magazine.
Leading the High Life
Explore Porth y Swnt
Explore Porth y Swnt
Explore Porth y Swnt
Miss Led's Boots
Miss Led's Boots
Miss Led's Boots
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