Helen South


  • Australian artist working in graphite, charcoal, watercolor, and mixed media
  • Has worked as a printmaking technician and cartographer
  • Instructor of college and community art classes


Helen South is a former writer for ThoughtCo writing about drawing and sketching for more than 12 years. Helen worked as a printmaking technician and as a tutor for printmaking and drawing. In 1993, she joined the Australia Department of Defense as a cartographic technician and illustrator. She learned desktop publishing in the busy graphics office. 

Helen designed and taught a community college course in drawing and has taught drawing and painting in the community as well. She wrote The Everything Drawing Book From Basic Shapes to People and Animals, Step-by-Step Instruction to Get You Started (Everything, 2004) and more than 160 articles for ThoughtCo.


Helen South received a Bachelor Arts in Fine Art from La Trobe University in 1991. She also earned a graduate diploma in Psychology from Charles Sturt University.


Awards and Publications

LiveAbout and Dotdash

LiveAbout is a reference site focused on entertainment, activities, and hobbies. We know that time away from the stress of work and responsibilities at home is limited, and we want to help you make the most of those precious hours.

That’s why our coverage is a lovable jumble of urban legends, sports history, and esoteric trivia. Our articles discuss everything from fashion advice to UFO sightings, all so you can make the most of your time off.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population monthly. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone, and recently Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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