Friday’s Thought – A Nostalgic One

Bryant Park Carousel

“Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days.”

(Doug Larson)

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My Favorite Things – The Illustrations of Robyn Neild

Recently when I was browsing online for inspiration photos for an illustration, I came across a drawing by Fashion Illustrator Robyn Neild.  I was so taken with the image that I went sleuthing to learn more about her and her work.  With a clientele encompassing top magazines and publishers, fashion, cosmetics, animation and even TV, Robyn seems to have quite the enviable career.  But I’m even more in awe of her sense of line and the fabulous expressions on the faces of her “fashionistas.”

Take for example this simple, yet scrumptious illustration…

Illustration by Fashion Illustrator Robyn Neild

Illustration by Fashion Illustrator Robyn Neild

Or this comically fierce one!

Robyn Neild illustration

Illustration by Fashion Illustrator Robyn Neild

I’m certainly a fan…and if you want to see more of Robyn’s work, hop on over to her website here!


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A Rainy Day Illustration (Work in Progress)

I worked on a new illustration today and was pleased with some elements, though not so pleased with others.   Since I don’t usually include men in my illustrations, I found myself struggling a bit with the expression on this one.  For the redo – yes, I’m planning to redo the illustration tomorrow – I’ve already enlisted my husband’s help with posing.  The color scheme also needs a bit of tweaking, but I’m not going to give away what I plan to do.

March Calendar prelim watermarked

 Hope you’ll stop back again soon to see my progress!


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Friday’s Thought – On Beauty

tropical flowers in Madeira

“Beauty is a fragile gift.”


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My Favorite Things – An Evening Off for a Change!

This fall has been quite busy with very little free time.  Not that I’m complaining – work is always good –  but getting to enjoy the evening off with my husband is a welcome change.  Not only do we get to spend time together, but we can actually enjoy having dinner at a normal hour…instead of our all-too-usual 11 pm dinner hour!

So without further ado I’m signing off to enjoy a cocktail and some appetizers with my sweetie.

martini glasses and hors d'oevres


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A Sneak Preview of the Joana Miranda Studio 2015 Calendar (Continued)

Another month’s illustration for the upcoming 2015 Joana Miranda Studio calendar is now finished (take a sneak peak below!).  And I’m kicking up my heels in celebration of having five calendar illustrations now “in the bag.”

New Year's Girl teaser

To see more of my fashion illustration work, please click here.


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Friday’s Thought – On Solitude


green chair on red tile floor

“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.”

Albert Einstein

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