Helen South

  • Australian artist working in graphite, charcoal, watercolor, and mixed media
  • Has worked as a printmaking technician
  • Author of "​The Everything Drawing Book"
  • Instructor of college and community art classes


Helen South is a former writer for ThoughtCo. She worked as a printmaking technician and print and drawing tutor and then joined the military as a cartographic assistant and illustrator, learning desktop publishing at a busy graphics office. South designed and taught a community college drawing course and has taught drawing and painting in the community as well. She is the author of "The Everything Drawing Book" and wrote 160 articles in a little over eight years for ThoughtCo.


Helen South has a Bachelor of Arts in printmaking with a final folio of handprinted stone lithographs. She has also studied photography and art history.


  • "The Everything Drawing Book: From Basic Shapes to People and Animals, Step-by-Step Instruction to Get You Started" (Everything, 2004)

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