From My Sketchbook – Week 22

In my ongoing quest to take my illustrations to the next level, I’ve been spending some time going back to basics.  Meet…

The Stick Figure!

Stick figure fashion illustration

(You’d be surprised just how challenging drawing the stick figure can actually be!)

Of course, the next step is to flesh out the body…but with only a minimum of details.  

quick punk girl sketch

(As you can see, I overdid it on this one, but I think you will still get the idea.)

What’s next?  A hell of a lot more practice, for one.  Or, as one of my violin teachers used to say…hours of fun!


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Happy Independence Day!

Fireworks in New Orleans

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

(Nelson Mandela)

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Friday’s Thought – Going With the Flow

Photo of raindrops on Lady's Mantle plant in New Hampshire, taken by Joana Miranda

“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.”

(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)


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My Favorite Things – On the Pond

We just got back from a quick trip to New Hampshire to see my mom on the pond.  Which pond?  Where?

I invite you to pull up a chair and join me on a virtual tour.  

two red chairs on Goose Pond

To a pond that is as lovely in the sun…

diamonds on the water

As it is in the shade.

sunlight through the trees

A pond that looks just as pretty on a cloudy day…

across Goose Pond

As it does in the mist…

paddle boarding on the pond

And at dusk.

looking towards the dam

A pond where life slows down…

speed boat at the dock

And looking at the water is sufficient entertainment!

Goose Pond water

Goose Pond, New Hampshire


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From My Sketchbook – Week 21

Sketches (or scribbles) from my sketchbook this past week include this head study…

quick head scribble sketch by Joana Miranda

And this seated figure.

woman seated waiting for the subway

As you’re reading this, I’ll probably be en route to New Hampshire for a quick visit to my mom’s summer cottage.  A five hour bus ride probably doesn’t sound exactly pleasant, but when you’re not the one driving (or co-piloting) it’s actually quite relaxing…and hopefully will lead to lots of new sketches!


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Friday’s Thought – On a Summer Afternoon

dried flowers in the summer

“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

(Henry James)

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My Favorite Things – Going to Fashion Illustration School (In My Living Room)

Yesterday I got a surprise package in the mail from my sister.  I had asked for a fashion illustration book by one of my favorite fashion illustrators, Robyn Neild.

My sister not only sent me that book, but two others!   3 Fashion Illustration How To Books

As I thumbed through Fashion Design Studio by Chris Hart

Drawing Hands with Chris Hart Fashion Design Studio book

Inside Fashion Design Studio by Chris Hart

It occurred to me I should tackle these books like a beginner…methodically and with the intention solely of learning rather than trying to produce.  My plan is to start with Chris Hart’s book and then move on to Fashion Doodles, and Fashionista Doodles by Robyn Neild.

What a treat to get to see Robyn’s luscious line work and imagine garments to complete the looks (hello swimsuit season!) Inside Fashion Doodles by Robyn Neild

And just what do I hope to accomplish with this self-directed back-to-basics “course”?

whimsical head sketch

Hmm…I guess I’ll find out!

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